I just had this thought:
@goLookGoRead It’s almost as if the subject of immigration is a conceptual Stasi to keep multiple Berlin Walls on their feet.
This was as a result of these two preceding tweets on why politicians seem to love so very much the subject of immigration:
@goLookGoRead Yes. Indeed so. I truly begin to wonder if politicos love immigration ‘cos it mainly serves to prop up their blessed borders.
probably because we’re:
@goLookGoRead In a century when planet-wide borders begin to tumble …
Where might such thoughts finally lead us? In a world where stateless electronic capital may wander wherever it chooses, untrammelled by focussed political adversity or public criticism of any sustained nature, it could be that immigration as a concept exists so powerfully in our societies not because it is pertinent but, rather, because our politicians find it useful. I don’t mean in that flag-wrapping way I complained about a couple of posts back. Instead, I mean as a tool to maintain borders that serve to conserve turfdoms of rather parochial power. Without the “threat” of the European Union, “foreign” cultures or immigrations various to bring it to heel, surely civil society would go down the line of most pleasure and least resistance: as per cheap holidays, commerce and the freedom-loving instincts of people generally – at least where minimum means to hand exist – we would almost certainly end up following the global rich in their promiscuous relationship with homeland, birthplace and starting-point.
And then, pray tell me, where would that leave the aforementioned politicos of the relatively local? Their prosaic command over ordinary people’s prejudices would leach out amongst the evermore porous walls of national definition – leach out of those once impervious One Nation dynamics we used to find anywhere and everywhere.
Having already lost the battle with worldly capital, they would proceed to lose all final control over absolutely everyone else. Voters would become the tail that wagged the oh-so-aged actors of ancient political dogfight.
So why doesn’t it happen – or, at least, why doesn’t it happen more often?
Because this conceptual Stasi I mention above – all this industry around immigration (an industry which should really spend far more of its time operating with economic innovation) – simply serves to maintain all these tiny and considerable Berlin Walls of so very much benefit to all these parochial politicos.
Professionals whose very reason for being has slowly disintegrated with the passing of our century.
Even so – as all professionals must – they resist the passage of time.
So it is that immigration as a matter of great upheaval doesn’t mainly respond to the needs of ordinary voters but, far more importantly, to the needs of the political classes. In particular, in order that they might maintain their ever-loosening holds over their charges.
Politicians of a certain kind need division. And focussing our attention on, building an industry in favour of and against, the subject of inevitably destructive cultural dissonance, instead of teaching us new tricks in the broadening fields of sustainable economics, is clearly a distraction – if ever such a distraction existed – of the cruelly and inimitably ruthless.
To no avail, perhaps, if history is anything to go by. The Berlin Wall collapsed – seemingly overnight. And here, the same may happen with equal suddenness.
Just to repeat what I’ve already said over the past few days. The problem is economics, not cultural. Until we manage to sort out our economies, there is really no point in papering over multicultural cracks.
Especially if, by so doing, we end up reneging on so many human realities and rights.
When cracks appear in a bungalow built over porous land, you might want to pay a degree of attention. Whatever you do, Polyfilla time it most certainly ain’t.
And focussing our attention on such idle matters of cultural dissonance is pretty much the political equivalent of Polyfilla. Especially when the real issue to hand has absolutely nothing to do with immigration at all.