Since immemorial time, mankind has seeked comfort, moving around a specific territory to achieve it. Nonetheless, centuries before the birth of Thomas Hobbes and La Boétie, with the appearance of the State, mankind agreed on the domination of all men by one man. From that time on, most attempts to get a more comfortable life have experienced social and political phenomena such as national boundaries, be them visible or invisible, and thus an effective limitation to human movement.
For centuries, mankind has been stopped from moving around by international legal institutions: passport, visa, nationality, and foreign affairs, for instance. Neither emigrating nor immigrating is a decision that can be merely made behind one’s free will. Seldom, both depend on previous agreements for that limitation or not.
On the other hand, despite legal limitations, one could say that, historically, men and women who suffered from starvation or political and religious persecutions, and decided to emigrate are amongst the founders of countries like the United States. Hence, leaving one’s homeland for a distant and unknown territory, be it forbidden or not, may seem legitimate from one’s point of view.
Although mankind has always been seeking comfort and, for that reason, able to look for it in a foreign country as well, the necessary allowance for doing so has been outstandingly limited for centuries now. Hobbes was quite right: “man is a wolf to man”.