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My Papers? No Thank You

Merry Colin in Arizona Wrote: Apr 27, 2012 2:24 PM
See the Bubblegum Analogy and think hard how much LEGAL immigration you want as well. Pandering and PCing the issue by saying you are all for legal immigration is weak as an argument. Check some facts before you are willing to give jobs to ANY non-American over that of your kids and grandkids.

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...