Dave Brat won a stunning and surprising victory in last night’s primary election in Virginia, unseating House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.). But Brat doesn’t seem to understand the very issue that seems to have dominated his historic upset and propelled him to Capitol Hill.Somin is one of those Libertarians who is always complaining about others not being consistent, and not buying into his theories of how everything should work. In this case, he argues that it is immoral for Cantor to represent the interests of his American constituents, because a true egalitarian Libertarian would give equal weight to the rights of millions of people from Mexico, India, and China to move to Virginia.
Brat considers himself a free-market conservative, claiming on MSNBC following his unexpected win that he’s against “any distortion to free markets.” Brat also campaigned against immigration reform, saying that “It’s the most symbolic issue that captures the difference between myself and Eric Cantor in this race.” But it’s impossible to square Brat’s laudable support for free markets and his opposition to immigration reform.
Immigration is an economic issue. Fundamentally, it is about the movement of workers, entrepreneurs and consumers to locations where they can maximize the value of their labor, businesses and purchasing power.
Somin even denies that the USA has any legal authority to defend its borders against however many millions wish to move here. He favors a truly market-based policy, where massive immigration makes America so miserable that no one wants to come here any more.