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My Papers? No Thank You

Merry Colin in Arizona Wrote: Apr 27, 2012 2:25 PM
BTW--- are most of you aware of how hard it is to be allowed to live in many European countries? proof of work, sponsors, credit, etc. etc.

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...