by Kevin Currie-Knight
Kevin talks with Chandran Kukathas (Singapore Management University) about his new book Immigration and Freedom, as well as his pluralistic approach to political philosophy. In the book, Kukathas argues that immigration restrictions not only problematically restrict the freedom of immigrants but also of citizens, and that many gains that immigration proponents/skeptics think they make by keeping immigrants away are illusory.
3:36 – Chandran’s Unique Approach (Contra Rawls) to Political Philosophy 12:52 – Is Chandran a… Libertarian? Cultural Relativist? Agonist? 24:00 – Why Immigration Control Steals Freedom Both From Immigrants and Citizens 30:51 – Are There Differences Between Those Bothered by Cultural Change (and Immigration) and Those Who Aren’t? 39:52 – Objection to Chandran’s Immigration-Friendly Case: “The things you think you’re gaining are not real gains.” 50:05 – Does a Society or Nation Need a Common Culture to Survive and Thrive? 59:21 – Chandran and Kevin Discuss Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s Case for Immigration Restrictions