Anti-border people take hypocrisy to new levels. They decry borders, but lock their cars, have security systems in their homes, insure their property, place their money in well-guarded banks, install anti-virus systems on their computers, and use passwords on their cellphones. They protect themselves with all kinds of borders. They block access to their accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. They make use of high-security passwords for their online banking. Some of them live in gated communities with armed security guards.
I thought you guys were opposed to walls?
One high-profile internet entrepreneur recently blasted President Trump’s to plan to build a Mexico border wall. However, this young billionaire has shown himself to be very much in favor of a wall when it comes to his oceanfront property in Hawaii.
Another Hollywood celebrity and open borders advocate is reportedly moving his family out of England due to safety concerns following numerous Islamic-inspired terrorist attacks. He will be taking his wife and two young children to Studio City, California where he has a mansion protected by (wouldn’t you know it!) a nice, big wall.
Boundaries are necessary for the flourishing of humanity. Simply to reject them on account of their seemingly arbitrary character is an act of evasion. Western society’s estrangement from borders is not a progressive step forward – rather it expresses a crisis of nerve in relation to holding the line. Western society has embraced the evasive tactic of non-judgmentalism. Now it must relearn the value of making distinctions. It needs to overcome its reluctance to make judgments of value, and stop being afraid to hold the line. In this context, it is essential to reject the idea that borders between nations are simply an artificial prop, unworthy things designed merely to keep people out. Borders are essential for the maintenance of national sovereignty, which is so far the only foundation that humanity has discovered for the institutionalization of democratic accountability. Without borders, a citizen becomes a subject – subject to a power that cannot be realistically held to account.