Immigration laws, borders and citizenship are ways for people to deny other people rights that they themselves enjoy based on birthplace. This is an irrelevant, unjust and counterproductive separation of people. This discrimination is holding back civilisation, prosperity and freedom for all.

Given we know it’s not okay to deny people rights based on skin color why do we act like it is okay to deny people rights based on birthplace? Both are irrelevant and harmful criteria by which to divide people. Both are completely accidental things that victims of discrimination have no control over.

It is just as unfair and absurd to reward or punish people for their birthplace as their skin color.

According to Wikipedia:

“Discrimination is treatment or consideration of, or making a distinction in favor of or against, a person or thing based on the group, class, or category to which that person or thing is perceived to belong to rather than on individual merit.”

So immigration systems that have different rules depending on citizenship and provide different rights to citizens and non-citizens are discriminatory.

It’s ridiculous that people in neighbouring countries see themselves as naturally separate, different and apart from each other.

Citizenship is like the caste system but in law on a global scale. How would you feel about a society where you are segregated, not allowed to do certain jobs, live in certain areas or vote, based on caste? That is the society we all live in but instead of calling it casts we call it citizenship.

This is not a rich nation vs. poor nation issue. We are all discriminated against by countries of which we are not citizens.

What are the motivations and outcomes of citizenship discrimination?

Non-citizens are discriminated against in order for citizens to protect advantages they exclusively enjoy, such as the lifestyle in their nation and government services provided to citizens. This is a greedy and selfish motivation.

The outcomes include

  • Huge quality of life disparity between people in richer nations and poorer nations.
  • Severe limitations on freedom of movement for people, goods and capital.
  • Massive disruption and blockages to commerce, trade, communication, human contact and cooperation.
  • Groups of people pitted against each other, which often boils over into violent conflict.

These outcomes are detrimental to global society.

World GDP would roughly double if people and their property could move freely across borders. That means we would all be on average twice as rich as we are now, if not for citizenship-based immigration laws.

Acquired citizenship

Defenders of citizenship point out that citizenship can be acquired as if this reduces discrimination. While citizenship can be acquired in a few limited circumstances with great cost and difficulty, this does not change the fundamentals. This merely expands the criteria of what the discrimination is based on to include government-issued permission documents.

If a racist golf club that does not accept black members said

“No we are not discriminatory, some black people can get a 4 year probationary membership that can lead to full membership if they are married to or family of a member and make a $5000 non-refundable 30 page application or if their previous golf club persecuted them.

White people get automatic membership.”

That would still be unacceptable discrimination. That is the situation with acquiring the rights of citizenship, except the automatic membership is based on birthplace instead of skin color.

The solution

Governments should give all people in their territory the same rights and treatment. This does not mean people everywhere have the same rights. Each nation still has its own laws and political system that caters to local attitudes, conditions and values, but those laws must be applied equally to all people in their territory.

This would make citizenship irrelevant, indeed the only way to achieve it is to end citizenship.

The results

Having all laws apply to all people includes laws for entering and exiting nations, so ending citizenship will mean we can freely enter and leave every nation. As people are allowed to move freely goods and capital will follow and this will facilitate free and open commerce, trade, cooperation and innovation which will improve prosperity for all.

A properly qualified Filipina nurse could apply to work at an Australian hospital based on merit, not birthplace which is as it should be. A Briton could paddle a raft down the Mekong River without having to beg for special permissions from 6 different corrupt governments. Ending citizenship will be a huge increase in freedom and equality for all people.

As people originating from all nations will live together in all nations, war between nations will seem absurd and be less likely to occur.

There will be large migrations from places like Africa and Latin America to places like Europe and North America. This will even out the quality of life disparities from place to place which will create a more fair society throughout the world and also negates most of the reasons for that migration to continue. In this way, natural balance in quality of life will maintain itself globally.

Nation-state-based currencies will no longer make sense or be desirable, crypto or other non-nation-based currencies will fill this void.

Crypto ends financial discrimination

Crypto has already realized this vision for money, in that any 2 people with crypto are equal no matter what their citizenship. The payment system has no way to discriminate on age, sex race or any basis. No government can interrupt a transaction based on the citizenship of the parties.

Crypto democratizes personal finance and makes millions of unbanked people their own bank giving them financial independence.

  • Crypto reduces the need for banks which often discriminate based on citizenship or government-issued permission documents.
  • Crypto reduces the power of the state which needs that power to enforce citizenship discrimination. For example, there are countries that impose different capital controls on importing and exporting money depending on citizenship. Crypto makes that impossible.
  • Crypto allows people to easily transport their wealth with them anywhere in the world. This would be a great advantage if we had the freedom to move around the world.
  • There are things that can currently only be bought with a credit card, for many people it is impossible to obtain a credit card. Merchant adoption of crypto solves this problem.

The wider adoption of crypto is one step toward ending all discrimination. How important of a step is it? Well, how important is money?

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Vlad Hategan


In my career, I wrote for companies like Daily Coin or Crypto Banter while also writing social media content for a number of projects - including NFTs and tokens.

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