The United States is a gravity well for illegal immigration, predominantly through her southern border. The sheer NUMBER of illegal aliens pouring—no, FLOODING—into the country is something in the tens of millions. It’s so high and growing so fast that I doubt even Einstein could keep count. And there’s no significant disagreement about this. The disagreement is whether or not it’s a problem, and if it is, what should be done about it. For the sake of this article, we will deem it a problem. Because, well, it is…unless you welcome the speedy and particularly pernicious, hypocritical, and utterly integrity-free decline of the United States as we know it. I mean, if you have no problem with the ruling class selling out their own citizens for yet even more wealth and power (what else is fucking new?), then by all means, smile and click your heals…for you ‘tis a happy day, indeed.
For the rest of us, relentless illegal immigration is not only a problem but an existential one, like a cancer, and it needs to be stopped.
In this article, however, I won’t be discussing how it SHOULD be stopped, but how it SHOULDN’T. How it SHOULD be stopped is the log in the eye of everyone not a child, intellectually diminished, or insane…and it won’t happen, because that’s the nature of government, and as goes government so goes the prevailing social zeitgeist (not the other way around). Which is why everyone with a serious interest in stemmming illegal immigration is clamoring for a wall, which will also (likely) not happen, because as far as I can tell the State doesn’t consider millions of new customers (welfare dependents and low-wage workers) a problem, but a blessing. What a shock.
And by way, I refuse to mention the real solution to illegal immigration because, frankly, it’s beneath me to do so. The fact that it’s so obvious and rational and yet will NEVER, EVER be taken seriously makes spending any of my intellectual capital on it a motherfucking waste of time, not to mention an insult. And also I don’t follow people up their own assholes. Please understand that a society’s stubborn refusal to acknowledge reality and instead live in the fantasy land of its own collective asshole is NOT a virtue.
A wall will work. A physical barrier poses a hinderance to the physical, by definition. But just because a solution works doesn’t make it the right solution. Suicide will cure cancer; genocide brings peace to a nation…but there are better ways to go about fixing stuff.
I submit that from the point of view of the State, the wall is the most obvious and attractive solution to the problem of illegal immigration. And by “most attractive and obvious” I mean the “most despotic and authoritarian”…within the context of the particular iteration of government in question, of course. Because the United States is not an autocracy, it’s not like her politicians will be setting up firing squads to quash dissent and get things done. But they will set up the federal reserve, establish the income tax, revoke the gold standard and print money to pay for war and welfare…welfare being little more than democrat party vote manufacturing, pass conscription laws, wage long and expensive wars with shameless regularity, subsidize a permanent global military presence, meddle in foreign elections and economies, heavily tax consumer goods like alcohol and cigarettes for strictly political reasons, heavily regulate the “free” market, force people to buy health insurance so the ruling class can buy votes from the permanent government-subsidized underclass, pass unconstitutional gun control laws, and…build walls. None of these things are the BEST solution if you are an individual who likes his freedom. But they are the best if you are the government.
Now, I understand that by and large the democrats oppose a wall, and that is because for them illegal immigration is not a problem; and to be fair this is also true for many, if not most, republicans, given that the cheap labor is a boon to their corporate donors. What I mean to say is that IF a politician accepts that illegal immigration is a problem, then the solution WILL NECESSARILY BE the one which is the MOST despotic and authoritarian within the context of the given iteration of government…because that is the nature of government. And even the most virtuous of politicians, due to their acceptance of the legitimacy and efficacy of government, will always opt for the solution that most completely expresses government, and THAT solution will be the one which is the most despotic and authoritarian. And thus, in this case, we have the wall.
And so here we have a bifurcation of the notion of “best solution”. The wall, being the most obviously despotic and authoritarian solution to the problem of illegal immigration within the context of the AMERICAN system, is the BEST solution…for the State. It is not the best for you or me. And so the only way it WON’T happen is if the majority of politicians do not accept that illegal immigration is a problem—which it IS by LEGAL definition, but as the ruling class IS the law, despite whatever the Constitution may or may not say, it’s not a legal problem FOR THEM. In other words, illegal immigration, like any illegal activity, is only considered by the State to be ACTUALLY illegal if it threatens the power of the ruling class. In the case of illegal immigration, it seems that currently it’s not a threat to their power, but more of a boon, and so I submit it’s unlikely a wall will happen anytime soon. But if and when it does I promise you it will NOT be good for you or me.
A wall is an effective way of keeping people out of a given area…this I do not dispute. But of course, a wall is also an effective way of keeping peole IN. Indeed, this is the whole point of some walls, like prisons, or nursery schools, walls that run along the edges of cliffs or mountainous roads, and so on. And I submit that from the perspective of the State (the ruling class), the fundamental reason for a physical barrier along the perimeter of a nation is the same—to keep people in, even if the ruling class may not necessarily be consciously aware of this. Because of the philosophical rationale of government, it is NECESSARY to exercise ownership over the souls within its sphere of coercive, political influence. A wall is one VERY effective way of accomplishing this.
With respect to geographical boundaries, nation-states have such demarcations as a means of (abstractly) creating a distinction between those the government controls (compels via supreme violent power) and those it doesn’t (but aspires to). A nation’s boundaries create a geopolitical identity for a certain group of people over which the government claims ownership. Now, whether you want to call it “ownership” or not is up to you, but the very existential foundation of government is its explicit “right” to compel human beings by force. And upon this it declares itself the ONLY entity which thus may wield the land’s supreme means and methodologies of violence. If that isn’t claiming ownership, I don’t know what is. I pay taxes to support a public education system I don’t use. I didn’t ask for this, or agree to it. It’s not a cooperative relationship. I didn’t vote for it…not that voting is an expression of one’s freedom and thus freedom of choice; on the contrary, it’s an affirmation that one has NO choice…you get politician A or B (or however many). Option C, which is “no politician at all” doesn’t exist. I am not free if I MUST have either vanilla ice cream or chocolate ice cream; if I cannot choose to have NO ice cream at all then I’m not free. And if I don’t pay my taxes guess what? I get a date with guys in uniforms with guns. I have to pay because that’s what the “people” have voted for. I am at the mercy of a Collectivist Ideal known as “the People”, and that means, in all practical effect, that I do what I am told by the State or I forfeit my right to exist. Oh sure, I can vote against property taxes if I want, but it won’t make any difference unless I organize a majority of the voting population to vote with me, and that means convincing them to agree with me. And quite frankly, I don’t feel like doing that because I just don’t give a fuck what they think, or whether they agree with me or not; I am not morally nor rationally obligated to convince ANYONE that my private property isn’t booty for public pillaging. And if I’m told that that’s what I have to do—make a case to “the People”—well fuck that…because it’s already too late. Go ahead and see what happens to a society that uses violence to compel “charity” and “justice” and “equality” and “diversity” or whatever other totalitarian trope or combination thereof happens to be the flavor of the month. Hell…I can already see the socialist dump of neo-Marxist America on the horizon as I sit typing. So, yeah…church it up in all the patriotic ramblings, Constitutional apologetics, and flag-worshipping bromide you want. It’s despotism. Facts don’t care about your feelings.
The source and foundation of a people’s geo-political identity is the possession and propriety of the government’s superior coercive power. In other words, the border is an expression of the State’s collectivization of individuals; and the collectivization of individuals, which implies State ownership of them, is THE philosophical foundation of the ruling class. In other words, boundaries affirm the STATE, not the people.
The government, by metaphysical principle, uses its Authority to exploit the individual in service to its own interests. The more free the people are or become, the less government is necessary…and the weaker its philosophical rationale becomes when held up to the light of objective reality. Ultimate freedom then means the end of the State, and the obsolescence of the ruling class.
Whereas supreme control is the perfection of the State’s purpose, the government, being force (Authority), exists to compel man into “right thinking and behavior”. The metaphysical implication is that man does not possess the inherent natural ability to exist on his own, for himself, of his own volition. For government to surrender its Authority over man then is to reject its very root METAPHYSICAL purpose: to exist FOR man, AS Man. And for government, this means a rejection of REALITY, ITSELF. In other words, the whole of human life depends on the continued dissemination of State power. Government IS Reality…it IS Existence; thus it has no frame of reference for its own absence.
The point of all of this is that we must understand that everything the government does is first and foremost in the interest of its own inexorable, inevitable, root METAPHYSICAL objective: absolute control; to BE reality QUA reality within the confines of its geo-political sphere of influence (which it implicitly (or explicitly) desires to be the whole world, and beyond). For the government to build a physical barrier then around its subjects is one of the most obvious, tangible, and effective expressions of this objective. So, we may think we want a wall, but what happens when the border is that towards which WE, not foreigners, are rushing? What happens come the day WE desire to get out as much as those to the south of us today desire to get in? And don’t think that can’t happen. It’s happened…you and I both know it. Soviet Russia and Nazi Germany; North Korea; Cuba; Venezuela…world history is LITTERED with dystopian cesspools that people DIE trying to get the fuck out of. How foolish it is then for a State NOT to build a wall if it has the rescources and ability to do so? The Soviet Union couldn’t build a wall around its entire country, but it could build one in Berlin, and it did. And it worked like a motherfucking charm.
What happens the day you wake up and discover that you are a full-on slave to your government papers? What happens when you realize that you have become a permanent NPC in the State’s Matrix? You go not where you please, but only where you’re allowed. And you are allowed to go to the wall, and no further.
The government can recognize the border solely as an expression of its power; and so should you. Even your own home becomes a prison once you are no longer free to leave it. How ironic it is that in America today a wall has become the symbol of a our nation’s desire to be free! Crazy times we live in.
A wall is a tool, nothing more. It can keep people out and it can keep people in. He who decides is the one who owns it; and a border wall is the People’s Wall, and the People’s wall is the STATE’S wall. And the State’s wall is always, and fundamentally, a prison wall. And neither you nor I, my friend, are the warden. That should give us pause. No matter what you think, the coming and going of a government’s “People” across the border is the prerogative and responsibility of State, period. Dare to reject your existential definition, given to you by the ruling class, of “citizen” (subject), however they wish to define it, and you will see just how quickly your “freedom” to venture to and fro across the border is abolished; and on that day you will know that you come and go across your precious wall ONLY as an expression of State power.
Mark my words, the moment your “inalienable” right to freely associate with whomever you choose and to express this right via traversing the geo-political boundary of the nation is perceived to be a threat to government power, it will no longer exist. And at that moment, it is YOU, not the immigrant, who will be on the other side of the wall.