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My Papers? No Thank You

Merry Colin in Arizona Wrote: Apr 27, 2012 2:14 PM
Jack-- you missed Moonbat's point. "In border states, the vast majority of hispanics are legal residents, so it's likely that just using appearance is a waste of time."

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...