brni (brni) wrote,

if it keeps on rainin', levee's going to break

Excerpt from a conversation yesterday with my dear friend Jack (earlofgrey):

Jack: I've been thinking about borders, for obvious reasons. As I see it, they exist to prevent power and wealth from changing hands. If people were free to move, they would go to where there were resources and jobs, and things would eventually reach something far closer to equilibrium. When people are permitted to move within the current system, it is within approved channels. Even the unapproved channels are pre-determined: if you sneak into a place you can only take the worst jobs and cannot report abuse. Borders exist to maintain a slave class.
Jack: Am I missing something? Are they doing some good I'm too stupid to see?
brni: that's actually a very astute observation
brni: they also exist in order to define regions of power, and to define the scope of law
brni: all these things are interrelated
Jack: Yes. Ok.
Jack: So, they're not doing much good, basically.

I was going to write an essay about this. But it's been a day now, and I can't think of anything I can say that adds anything of value.
Tags: politics
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