C4SS Feed 44 presents Chad Nelson‘s “Dissolving Borders” read by Mike Godzina and edited by Nick Ford.
“When feuding parties are unnaturally forced apart by walls, be they real or metaphorical, you can count on their disputes escalating into outright aggression against one another. And the states who govern such borders would have it no other way. The personal conflicts states fuel by setting political boundaries are the lifeblood of their existence. Bitter enemies are created where they wouldn’t otherwise exist, thanks to the literal human disconnect created by these arbitrarily drawn borders. The result is “our” need to be protected from “them”: A convenient excuse for politicians with preexisting imperial ambitions.
In a world with no political borders, disputes would likely be handled nonviolently, by and large — through compromise, cooperation and communication. Parties with a sense of connectedness, whether they choose to be connected or not, must manage their disagreements peacefully. In today’s authoritarian, state-run world, diplomacy is usually a last resort. There is simply nothing for politicians to gain from peaceful dispute resolution. War and bloodshed between states is a profitable enterprise, and a power-building exercise for the states involved.”
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