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The things all “major powers” have in common… From Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan, at Gizmodo:
Saudi Arabia is building a great wall — or rather, a great chainlink fence with razor wire — to “protect against ISIS” in Iraq. And it’s not the only country investing in very expensive walls right now, even though they probably won’t work. Why? Because walls aren’t just about security. They’re also powerful symbols…
…[H]ere’s the funny part: Even though walls aren’t as infallible as they were two centuries ago, they’re absolutely exploding across the world. Besides obvious examples like Israel’s “separation barrier” in the West Bank and the United States’ own farcical partial wall at the Mexico border, there are dozens of other countries building walls around themselves right now. There’s the 1,050-mile-long fence between Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, There’s the 700-mile trench being dug between Afghanistan and Pakistan. There’s the wall that Greece put up along its border with Turkey. North Korea and South Korea, too.
Walls are springing up across our world with incredible speed, which contradicts many cliches about globalization. Sure, the world is getting smaller; it’s also getting more carefully delineated and guarded. The French historian Jacques de Saint Victor came up with very snazzy term for this phenomenon in an essay called The Return of Walls: A Closed Globalization?. He describes it as the “neo-feudalization of the world.” Even though it’s draped in technology and futurism, the construction of carefully controlled walls is all about imposing order on the chaos of poverty-stricken, war-torn groups of people.
“These walls are usually built along borders where there is a sharp wealth discontinuity across the border with a wealthy state directly beside a poor state,” Jones told me over email, adding that Saudi Arabia and Iraq have “one of the widest wealth differences in the world,” with GNI per capita at $53,640 and $14,930, respectively. The same goes for the US-Mexico border, and the South Korea-North Korea border, too. “Typically the country building the wall describes the threat on the other side as an uncivilized and violent people living in an ungoverned space,” he writes…
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