Philosophy Talk asks about Nations and Borders | KALW

Philosophy Talk asks about Nations and Borders

Jan 22, 2016

Are borders essential to nationhood, or do they form an exclusive club that unfairly keeps certain people from pursuing a better life? 

One’s country of birth has a profound effect on life prospects. It's often best to go elsewhere. But moving is not always so easy. Borders and immigration control restrict people from going where they want to pursue a better life. On the one hand there is the state’s need for security, self-determination, and a functioning economy. But why should arbitrary boundaries, based on past thefts of territory, limit a person's opportunities? John and Ken lift the gate for Sarah Song from the UC Berkeley School of Law, author of Justice, Gender, and the Politics of Multiculturalism. Sunday 1/24 at 10 am and Tuesday 1/26 at 12 noon.