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  •  The impulse to segregate is persistent. (4+ / 0-)

    Perhaps it is a response inherent to the commitment to various natural hierarchies which assure insecure humans a spot atop the heap of God's creatures.
    Whatever the reason, if the segregation and subordination of one group or category becomes socially prohibited or inconvenient, new groups are almost immediately identified for separate and exclusive treatment. Let us not forget that the historically most avid proponents of equal treatment, initially championed "separate but equal" treatment and much later, the SCOTUS took it upon itself to conclude that separate is inherently unequal and ordered the integration of public educational facilities, prompting those who could to flee into the arms of religious establishments not covered by the secular Constitution.
    Moreover, not content to resegregate the children by religion, U.S. citizens have rushed to occupy age-restricted enclaves for elders, university students, even the affluent who seek refuge in gated communities, while the indigent get sent to prisons against (mostly) their will.
    Wherefor segregation? It is my contention that dividing the population into segments makes people easier to manage and exploit. Certainly, that seems to have been the objective behind setting up the equivalent of gated communities in Iraq, even if it had to be on a gigantic scale, such as the whole city of Fallujah, where no-one was permitted to go in or out without proper documentation.
    Segregation is evidence of the fact that our commitment to human rights is still largely aspirational. If it weren't, there would be no immigration law and no effort to erect secure fences along the nation's borders. After all, since perambulation is an essential human characteristic, to restrict where people can walk is to deprive them of a basic human right. Declaring perambulation illegal, while it is consistent with declaring ingestion, inhaling and injecting substances into one's own body to be illegal, represents a perversion of the law. The law is supposed to serve justice, not the interests of subordination or the maintenance of a hierarchy. Hierarchy is, of course, a royalist notion.

    We organize governments to provide benefits and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Sun Nov 18, 2012 at 06:56:20 AM PST

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