Trapped By Our Own Borders Part 2
What Is Locked In
Any government official will tell you that borders allow us to sustain our own economy, which isn’t entirely false. By separating our world up we have essentially created ‘friendly’ competition (which when escalated becomes war) between each country. The money generated by one country and its countrymen through labour, taxes and exports becomes a figure that is used to show how wealthy (or not) a particular region is. In today’s world however this isn’t an exact science as the internet has allowed us to outsource almost everything, meaning that we can easily support the economy of another country almost by accident. With borders however it means that you as a resident are locked within the borders, you must get access through a passport and travel visa in order to visit somewhere else – a restricting and unwelcome side of borders that travellers despise. By locking citizens in a nation, those within the borders are subject to becoming bystanders in whatever their country does whether or not they support it or not.
What Is Locked Out
Probably the biggest reason places have borders isn’t necessarily to keep people in, since your country allows you to leave freely (in most cases), it’s everybody else who needs to be kept out. As the rising refugee crisis continues, more and more people are without not just a home but a stable country and need to cross borders to seek shelter elsewhere. By putting up borders and insisting on travel credentials many places make this impossible, thus increasing numbers of people are left abandoned, many perishing without access to basic human essentials. Refugees aren’t necessarily what the creators of borders had in mind however, undesirables and foreigners are the main target here. Xenophobia seems to be rising and the continued separation we live in only perpetuates the inaccurate and fear-riddled ideas that those from other cultures are at the very least ‘weird’. It many cases however the view of those trying to gain access to their country is far worse, this is why we see cases of over the top border control like at the intersections between the US and Mexico. Here hundreds of people die in their desperate attempt to seek a better life.
Money Is Free to Move
What we should remember however is that although we are not allowed to set foot on the soil of somewhere else without consequence, even a fatal one, money is capable of travelling worldwide passport free. This should indicate who has the most vested interests in keeping borders up as it is only the wealthiest who are capable of using the cheap labour of one part of the world to sell products with gratuitous profit margins to another. By keeping citizens hemmed in people don’t have the luxury of freely seeking better wages or living conditions, meanwhile consumer goods hit every country on the globe with no complaint from those manning the doors. Borders it seems are a two way cage we have come to adopt as normality, not unlike capitalism, both of which should be brought to trial by citizens of the globe if we hope to end conflict and start peace.