Why Do Borders Matter?
In a plan recently published by his foundation, which you can read here, George Soros laid out a 6 point comprehensive plan that he says will help “uphold European values.” However not everyone agrees, In fact Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban claims that Soros’ plan is further evidence that “activists” are working to diminish the stability of European nations by supporting the influx of migrants from middle eastern countries and beyond. Which have been nearly overwhelming to some communities in Europe.
In article by Bloomberg Business Soros went so far as to say that his plan sees “national borders as the obstacle.” George Soros is obviously a very intelligent man and has used his smarts to create for himself incredible wealth. But on this topic he is dead wrong,
One of the most obvious problems with suggesting that national borders are an obstacle instead of a way to maintain peace and order in a civilized society is the fact the current immigrant/refugee crisis, which Soros is trying to address, even exists in the first place. With the rise of ISIS in the middle east we have seen a group of radical islamic terrorists simply bulldoze their way across the national borders of several countries including Iraq, Syria. All while doing their best to ignore the national borders of other countries however they please as well.
Of course the current crisis in the middle east is not the only example where the ignoring of national borders caused international crises. But even to the casual observer it is obvious that asking sovereign nations to engage in the very practice that caused the problem in the first place is the very definition of crazy. Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result, right?
So while immigration is often a necessary and even wise way to expand the population of a nation and even help stimulate economic growth and activity among other things. It is also necessary to maintain tight controls on the flow of immigration in order to protect the integrity of the national borders. It is important to also point out that national borders are much more complicated than the geographical demarcations of land masses. There are also economic and cultural components to borders that go along with geography and many other components.
For example in our own communities, here in North Dakota, we are facing an issue that could be described as a cultural border issue. New americans, refugees, immigrants, whatever label you want to stamp them with, are flowing into our communities. Some perceive this as positive thing in many ways. Others whether family or unfairly see it as a negative and claim that it is eroding our established way of life. Either way if you see it as positive or negative the fact of the matter it is causing tension. Further reinforcing the importance of national borders.
Interestingly enough had we, whether that includes NATO or The UN or whoever, enforced the national borders of the middle east against the scourge that is ISIS and the evil they bring with them across those borders. The current crisis could have been averted and the cultural issues would even be lessened right here in our own communities. Because, instead of refugees running away from their homelands against their will, they would be running to our communities by choice with a desire to integrate and likely at a much more manageable rate.
While there is no doubt that Mr. Soros is a very intelligent man, I am a bit surprised that something so obvious as the importance of national borders, in part, as a safety valve is lost on him. Then again maybe it’s his wisdom in business that leads him to see an opportunity to profit from this current humanitarian travesty.http://bradschmidt.net/nationalborders/Uncategorized