Would a World Plebiscite Lead to Open Borders?
By Bryan Caplan
People occasionally say that “Democracy and open borders are incompatible.” If they’re talking about national democracy, they’re right.
But suppose we actually lived up to the democratic “one man, one vote ideal” by having a world plebiscite on open borders. Would it pass? Or would First World countries somehow persuade Third World voters that some migration restrictions are a good idea?