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Reader’s comment: Stability of nations

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In response to Will Jones: Why we need borders more than ever, Don Benson wrote:

As you say, Dr Jones, your article is so obvious that it’s only because we live in strange (irrational?) times that it merits publication.

But we have essentially two opposing views: some of us see nations as an entirely logical and morally sound way of reflecting our planet’s physical geography and the underlying need of human beings to belong to a coherent group with similar identity and aspiration; others ignore all that and have a vision for a planet where individuals roam as they please, belong nowhere and presumably look to a benign world government which, by unspecified magic, conjures up order out of the inevitable chaos.

Perhaps over the last hundred years there has developed a hubristic assumption that basic human needs and desires can always be met by our exponential growth in technological capability. But technology cannot replace or obscure our human need to interact with our physical world and our fellow man on the kind of human scale which will never extend to the whole of the earth’s surface.

And it has to be added that unrealistic population density has a major impact on how successful that interaction can be: nations and their border controls offer by far the best way of making clear what is happening with regard to population growth and how it may best be stabilised without the totalitarian horrors of amoral global projects.

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