“…a system of borders is a system for controlling resources, it’s a system for controlling people, and it’s particularly a system for excluding other people from access to those resources. It protects some sort of privileges that have accrued in a particular place—whether that’s control of the resources, wealth, or a set of cultural or political practices in that place—and it excludes other people from the ability to have access to it…” (Reece Jones @ Vice)
…Yes, why do we need political borders anyway?
Are they really protecting something or someone or making any real difference in longer terms?
Can a world without the political borders really exist, is it a possible scenario of the future or a vivid imagination of the utopians, like myself?
We all know that political borders ( I intentionally say political, to differentiate them from other borders, the natural ones like rivers, mountains, lakes, seas, oceans, etc.) are something quite new, since they where invented in the last few centuries (the first mention of the real political border which could not be crossed over without valid documents was invented in the 1600s).
Of course, much before that, we had tribal kingdoms and monarchies, empires and principalities. But in those times, borders were easily crossed, there were no border control, police or militia that would prohibit the crossing of the artificial lines made by the politicians, kings or emperors.
In today´s world, at the beginning of the 21st century, we had experienced how much problems we can have by implying strict rules on crossing from one political entity to another. A big wave of immigrants, legal as well as illegal are crossing over, mostly from poor and war-affected countries to the richer, “western capitalist” society systems. In the last few years, the biggest problem that the governments of the “western world” have, especially in European Union, is with illegal immigration from the parts of Middle East and North Africa (crossing mostly over the Balkan area or accros the Mediterranean Sea). But the illegal immigration is happening everywhere, and the most problematic ones are on the U.S.A./Mexico and India/Bangladesh borders, crossings that take a lot of lives every and each year.
“…I’ve been studying borders for 15 years, and over that time, I’ve noticed two big trends. The first is the construction of border infrastructure, the deployment of a lot more agents at borders, the construction of walls at borders—the spending of a lot more money on borders. In the 1990s, there were 15 border walls around the world. Today, there’s almost 70 of them.
I also noticed this really troubling trend of the dramatic increase of the number of people dying at borders. If you look at the data from the 1980s or 1990s, we’re talking about maybe a few hundred deaths per year at borders globally. It just wasn’t something that [widely] existed: civilians dying trying to cross a border. By the mid 2000s, that number was 1,500 to 2,000 people dying per year, and of course that number has gone up even more dramatically in the past few years. In 2015, there were more than 5,000 deaths at borders; in 2016, a staggering 7,500 people died or went missing trying to cross a border. That’s why I decided to write this book (Violent Borders: Refugees and the Right to Move): to think about why are so many people dying at borders and what the connection is between borders and this violence that surrounds them.” (Reece Jones @ Vice)
Building walls all around the world is not going to solve the problems of all immigrations, legal or illegal, because people will going to cross the borders anyway, as they done that since the beginning of humanity. So, there are no real and useful political or legal ways to stop people from doing so, even if that means more killings and suffering on both sides of the wall. In history we had bad examples with the Berlin and Belfast wall, and we all know how that ended. So, I think that the best way would be to remove all the political borders, no matter if they are dividing countries from each other, or provinces, cities and villages.
Some critics say that it is not possible and advisable to completely remove the walls and political borders, because they are the ones that keep the intruders outside, and they are the ones that differentiate one culture from the another.
“…the truth is that formal borders do not create difference — they reflect it. Elites’ continued attempts to erase borders are both futile and destructive…” (Victor Davis Hanson @ LA Times)
Political borders, even do they had changed through the centuries are in fact very old things, and they were made mostly to protect a kingdom from an attack of the another hostile kingdom or province.
“…Borders — and the fights to keep or change them — are as old as agricultural civilization. In ancient Greece, most wars broke out over border scrubland. The contested upland eschatia offered little profit for farming but possessed enormous symbolic value for a city-state to define where its own culture began and ended.
Throughout history, the trigger points of war have traditionally been such borderlands — the methoria between Argos and Sparta, the Rhine and Danube as the frontiers of Rome, or the Alsace-Lorraine powder keg between France and Germany. These disputes did not always arise, at least at first, as efforts to invade and conquer a neighbor. They were instead mutual expressions of distinct societies that valued clear-cut borders — not just as matters of economic necessity or military security but also as a means of ensuring that one society could go about its unique business without the interference and hectoring of its neighbors…” (Victor Davis Hanson @ LA Times)
The fact is that we don´t really need borders because they are not the real thing that can divide one nation from the another, or in general, one part of the world´s population from the another. And if we think a little bit more about this complex political and social subject, borders create more problems, and they could be considered as one of those that create more racist and nationalist ideologies, more prejudices and superstitions, as well as a religious fanaticism, which we already have today in such a large number all around the world.
“…Dreams of a borderless world are not new, however. Plutarch claimed in his essay “On Exile” that Socrates considered himself not just an Athenian but instead “a citizen of the cosmos.” In later European thought, Communist ideas of universal labor solidarity drew heavily on the idea of a world without borders. “Workers of the world, unite!” exhorted Marx and Engels. Wars broke out, in this thinking, only because of needless quarreling over obsolete state boundaries.
The solution to endless war, some argued, was to eliminate borders in favor of transnational governance. H. G. Wells’ prewar science-fiction novel “The Shape of Things to Come” envisioned borders eventually disappearing as transnational polymaths enforced enlightened world governance. Such fictions prompt fads in the real world, though attempts to render borders unimportant — as, in Wells’ time, the League of Nations sought to do — have always failed. Undaunted, the Left continues to cherish the vision of a borderless world as morally superior, a triumph over artificially imposed difference…” (Victor Davis Hanson @ LA Times)
For me personally, I would erase all of the political borders, as they are artifical products of the human race, and instead create smaller provinces and counties, in general smaller communities operated by the most influential people elected by the residents of that area not by their material fortune, fame or political influence, but by the amount of their practical knowledge, intelligence, creativity and wisdom, which should be used in their political decisions concerning the community that they protect and serve, in a sort of Noocracy Society (which I already wrote about in Neoanarchist Noocracy/Geniocracy Democratic Society – Revolution For The New Type of World´s Government).
Why we need to divide our world into small and irrelevant pieces like countries that only make us more distant from each other, make us more hostile, make us more strangers then we really are?
If we are really living in the world of “global village”, we should really do our efforts to communicate to each other, to share our goals, to work together and to make this world a place of order, discipline and above all a place of true happiness and peace.
“The current system is what we term “globalization,” but globalization is really only for capital. It’s for consumer goods; it’s for the wealthy to be able to move freely around the world. Consumer goods and corporations very easily cross borders. As corporations are accessing lower wage labor in other places around the world to make quite expansive profits, there’s the need to contain labor, because if people have the opportunity to move to another place where there are higher wages, they would do that, and indeed millions of people are doing that right now. So border restrictions are about precisely that: containing labor and keeping people who would otherwise move to a place with higher wages in a poorer place in order to suppress wages there and to maintain that pool of low-wage, low-skill labor.” (Reece Jones @ Vice)
We don´t really need corrupted politicians to tell us what we can or can´t do, we don´t need mafia to rule our lives, we don´t need greedy “businessmen” to make us slaves of our lives and robot machines at working places that they created for us so that they could monitor every and each of our step in this world of Big Brother.
We can live for ourselves, by ourselves, in the real democracy, where the people of knowledge and intelligence will chose the best among themselves, the best people that are the real leaders of the world, who could be our guides and teachers, who could start new, better and meaningful human progress, who could stimulate the development of new ideas for the benefit of the whole society as well as the planet in general.
This is what we really need.
And living in the society of today as it is, divided in 200+ so called democratic countries who are fighting among each other, and inside each other (in this world there are more “civil wars” than ever in the histroy of human kind) is not the solution to all of our everyday problems, individual as well as of the whole global society.
We don´t need borders, ´cause they are the ones that separates us from our better future.
For me, future will be the one without any borders and restrictions that would say what you can or can´t do. The society consisting of the most wise people will decide, together with the rest of the world´s population, what are the best approaches to create the best possible laws and regulations that we really need.
And today is the beginning of that change, ´cause change start from ourselves, from every and each of us.