[Marxism] Open Borders discussion
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Fri May 23 18:28:36 MDT 2014
*There has been an interesting debate about open borders in the letters
column of the British left-wing paper *Weekly Worker* in recent weeks. All
the letters on the subject have been put together in the current issue.
Below we are reprinting some extracts from some of the letters supporting
workers’ right to free movement:*
It has been asked what Marx would have done. We can easily answer by
describing what the First International, of which he was a member, did.
The International announced that “the emancipation of labour is neither a
local nor a national, but a social problem, embracing all countries” and
that “Each member of the International Association, on removing his
domicile from one country to another, will receive the fraternal support of
the Associated Working Men”. Furthermore, “To counteract the intrigues of
capitalists – always ready, in cases of strikes and lockouts, to misuse the
foreign workman as a tool against the native workman – is one of the
particular functions which our society has hitherto performed with success.
It is one of the great purposes of the Association to make the workmen of
different countries not only feel but act as brethren and comrades in the
army of emancipation.”
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