Should we seek to erase national borders? Even if we aren't ready now, should we start laying the groundwork to achieve this in the future?

Asked by: Tofudebeast
  • Humans are bound only by one frontier: space

    We are all the same race: the human race (homo sapiens). Regardless of where we are born, we contribute, in a complex web of interactions, to the destiny of the world and mankind. Cultural differences could become as non important as the differences between different families from the same place. Yes we are unique, but we are also, fundamentally, the same, wanting a better life for ourselves and our loved ones, wanting happiness and a deep sense of fullfillment. The basic rule should be that of utmost respect and decency for our neighbors, regardless who they are or from where they come. To sum it up, to where yo go, do as you see.

  • It will happen either way.

    Whether or not we fence ourselves up, immigration will still continue on, and people will get over the border and merge with society. Multicultural life is so popularly accepted, theres no reason for these borders. Its a waste of money and time and its not exactly effective in keeping others out. As americans, we supposedly offer freedom and global acceptance, so why arent we taking these down?

  • I very much think we should.

    I just have to think about borders for a minute (artificial as opposed to natural ones, of course), to know they are not the best idea we ever had as a species. Borders are just not nice places, are they? You just wouldn't be keen to vacation right next to a check-point, would you? They are ugly, places of fear, anxiety and tension, they can be violent, they witness a great deal of human degradation (if not outright dehumanisation).

    The world is changing, we are changing it and this affects change upon us (biological and otherwise). One example is the internet, the virtual elimination of international borders. Would anyone disagree that the advantages of this new found 'connectedness' far outweigh the disadvantadges? Collaboration - in all areas - including the Arts and the Sciences, the sharing of expertise and the ability to communicate ideas instantly, has made all the difference to our ability to find improved solutions to the challenges we face.

    Admittedly, this dream is not without its shadows, for we are not perfect beings with infinite wisdom and foresight, we are quite incapable of designing flawless systems because we are not without flaw ourselves, we do not always know how to make the most efficient and healthy use of our brand new shiny toys, but we are still better off with them than we were without. I think we need to accept that the very pressing challenges we face are no longer national matters, they are global - we understand that our activities at the local level have a global impact, and we really do need to accept collective responsibility for the price of our actions so far (and most especially the price of our greatest inaction - thinking about our failure to protect the environment we depend upon).

    So, whilst I appreciate that it is not something which can be done overnight, without due planning and consideration, and with certain measures in place to avoid putting too much pressure on successful and stable economies, I do think it is something which will eventually happen, given sufficient time.

    I will leave you with an extract from F D Roosevelt's Inaugural Address:

    "We have learned that we cannot live alone, at peace; that our own well-being is dependent on the well-being of other Nations, far away. We have learned that we must live as men and not as ostriches, nor as dogs in the manger.

    We have learned to be citizens of the world, members of the human community.

    We have learned the simple truth, as Emerson said, that, "The only way to have a friend is to be one."

    We can gain no lasting peace if we approach it with suspicion and mistrust or with fear. We can gain it only if we proceed with the understanding and the confidence and the courage which flow from conviction.


  • It's dividing humans.

    National Borders are dividing all the humans in smaller group, resulting in conflicts, hatred, misunderstanding, ignorance and reject of others and their culture, and governments use patriotism to make you feel guilty from the rest of the population. They say 'Be a good american, support the war!' and suchs. They say fight for your country. Well I say don't be a good american, don't be a good german, don't be a good chinese. No, I say be a good Human and think what is best for you and the planet you live on because pollution, hatred, wars and diseases do not have borders and if we can all stand up as one people of the earth let aside all the differences that are emphasized more and more nowadays like, ethnicity, religion, age, social class, income... We could all fight together against ignorance, develop technology, feed the hungry and cure the diseased.
    I know this may sound a bit anarchist or utopist and I am aware that such a thing cannot happen overnight but I do believe this is what we should be aiming for in the future

  • Absolutly not. Way to dangerous.

    Globalization is a bad thing for economics. If cheap labor and a top pocket of rich people is something the world wants then please, go ahead. It's bad enough already that we ship in Mexicans and Asian people make all our stuff, imagine that, but tenfold. It is flawed the same way communism is flawed. Looks great on paper, but people forget about the human factor. Turns out, people like money and power, and people like to go to war with each other.

    We'd see worker exploitation on a massive scale. Class divides would almost assuredly increase.
    Look at the UN. That is essentially globalism on a small scale. Right away, you see that there is a small section of powerful foreigners that can completely change a more underprivileged nation's laws and essentially interfere anytime they want, even if it isn't for a noble reason. That is a bad way to function.

    It would fall apart in an instant.

  • No we shouldn't

    We have borders right now and we have to many people coming and taking jobs we need to keep a percentage of people out because if we open them people from all over will be able to come in and take jobs hurt the economy and middle class it will also have a huge percentage of Cetnral Americans come in and over a period of time America will be like China with a billion people and someone on every corner

  • We should not seek to erase national borders

    To be practical at this point I firmly think erasing NOW the national borders would completely mess up government ...Various constitution of various nationalities terrorism would grow. To search a criminal is in which place at this moment in one country is a difficult job and if borders are erased then that criminal is to be searched in all the countries is one of the consequence and imagine more such would lead mess up our society

  • Not no, but He** no

    We need national borders to prevent economic collapse. Without national borders the world would be one country and it would be impossible to be able to have control over everyone and tax them too. Even if we did maintain the different countries with individual governments in which people could move freely, think about how many Mexicans will come up here, all undocumented, who do not pay taxes and who steal jobs. What about the N Koreans and the Chinese, they will come in flocks.
    The world will actually be better if we just made all the big countries like Canada, China, Russia, and America smaller and less diverse, then we will have less social conflict.

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fractaldreams says2013-07-27T21:52:43.283
My goodness (((tofu))), I went well over 600 words and really had to hack my answer, hope it still bears some semblance of coherence.