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Can Socialism Allow Open Borders?

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This book’s central question concerns whether socialism and liberalism can be reconciled. We are worried the answer is no. We will not quite prove that in this paper, but we will raise a number of substantive worries, which perhaps some socialist theorist will be able to resolve

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Brennan, J., Freiman, C. (2021). Can Socialism Allow Open Borders?. In: McManus, M. (eds) Liberalism and Socialism. Palgrave Studies in Classical Liberalism. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.

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