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My Papers? No Thank You

Merry Colin in Arizona Wrote: Apr 27, 2012 1:35 PM
ericynot--- Why Not read and understand the law before you spew? Do you even live in AZ? No, I am certain you don't. The citizens would not EVER support a law that made US provide proof of anything. Cops worry about drivers who create hazards, stop them, and then find out that they have no license, insurance, registration, and cannot speak or read English. Should the cop let him continue at MY financial or physical peril? Sorry buster, you are all wet on this one.

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...