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My Papers? No Thank You

Christopher429 Wrote: Apr 30, 2012 9:04 PM
"...This entire debate would be over if closing the border meant BOTH sides and requiring ID meant from EVERYONE not just Hispanics" You are promoting a fascist National Police State...with your "Papiers Bitte"! go along with your bigotry and your accepting of State Socialism and its "benefits".

With the Supreme Court taking up Arizona's "show me your papers" immigration law, we're once again thrust into a useful debate over the role of the government and the obligations of the citizen -- and non-citizen. Rather than come at it from the usual angle, I thought I'd try something different.

If there were one thing I could impress upon people about the nature of the state, it's that governments by their very nature want to make their citizens "legible."

I borrow that word from James C. Scott, whose book "Seeing Like a State" left a lasting impression on me. Scott...