Are Your Papers in Order?

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Thu, 04 Jun 2009 10:09:37 GMT  <== Politics ==> 

Thomas L. Knapp at Center for a Stateless Society - commentary on the new passport requirements at the United States borders with Canada and Mexico.

There was a time -- in living memory, even -- when the roadblock, the vehicle or personal search, and the demand for "your papers, please" were the height of Cold War cliche. If you saw them on a film screen or read them in a potboiler novel, and you knew the protagonists were traveling in Nazi Germany, Soviet Russia, or a troubled, war-torn Third World dictatorship.


Borders, in other words, are not created to benefit you. Precisely the opposite: They're created to observe and control your movements, to milk your bank accounts, and to psychologically reinforce the claim that you are, for all practical purposes, the property of "your" government.

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