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In Defense of Openness: Why Global Freedom Is the Humane Solution to Global Poverty

Bas van der Vossen and Jason Brennan


The humane and workable solution to global poverty is freedom. We can help the poor—and help ourselves at the same time—by tearing down our walls and trade barriers. Both justice and good economic sense require that we open borders, free up international trade, and respect the economic liberties of people around the world. What global justice requires is an open world. Most books on global justice see the world’s poor as little more than mouths to be fed. Their authors see justice as a zero-sum game: some must lose so that others may win. They rely on controversial moral intuitions and outdate ... More

Keywords: global justice, freedom, open borders, immigration, free trade, human rights, economic liberties, colonialism, humanitarian aid, climate change

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190462956
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190462956.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bas van der Vossen, author

Jason Brennan, author
Georgetown University