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There is no survival for a society that clings to isolation

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There is no survival for a society that clings to isolation

Fletcher Anderson

Fletcher Anderson

Fletcher Anderson

Samantha Swainson, Staff Reporter

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The arrival of Donald J. Trump to the political scene was a slap in the face to global leadership. A brash buffoon who seemed to have little care for life outside his own had taken control of global power. His ascension has shed light on millions of nativists hiding behind the pretense of tolerance.

2016 marked the passing of two pressing events and entertained the forefront of the minds of global leaders: the vote in favor of the “Leave” campaign in Britain, commonly known as Brexit, followed by the election of Trump to the highest political office in America.

Political machines have backed Trump and Brexit using nativism to their advantage in a quest for political isolation, channeling identity politics and a blatant fear of outsiders into a classic political uprising.

Three years later, President Trump’s invisible emergency demanding the wall along the Mexican-American border and the implosion of the UK’s proposed Brexit deal are the most current prominent examples of political mistakes on a global scale.

Identity politics have long played a role in the inception of a nation. During moments of crisis, a protectionist and concurrent sense of identity comes to the foreground.

Gender, sex, citizenship, religion, race.

Everywhere in the world, there is a fervent need to unite under a single identity.  There quickly develops the concept of the outsider, “the other,” and an earnest need to detach from the proverbial “other,” develops. Thus the desire for isolation and to remove all lifeforms distinctly not native flourishes. More often than not, it’s in this time of national confrontation that the powerhouse known as nativism rears its fearsome head.

The taxing and foolish current examples of anti-immigration show the power of blind nativism. The reality is that national identity is fluid; something applicable to millions of individuals cannot be so stringent and exclusive. It will only cause isolation and regression.

The world has proven time and time again that walls, fences, blockades, do not work. The fencing in Europe designed to keep immigrants out and the Berlin Wall designed to split a country; when it gets down to it, humans can overcome any physical barricade.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a man who dreamed of tearing down walls, who fought against the onslaught on nativist politicking and persevered. “Tolerance is surely an imperfect term,” King Jr. said. “Yet the English language offers no single word that embraces the broad range of skills we need to live together peacefully.”

Nativism is a disability to the world. To blatantly ignore the vast advantages of inclusivity in immigration and trade that has driven decades of growth is to become a bonafide fool. No good can come from shutting down borders.

There is no wall that cannot be torn down.

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There is no survival for a society that clings to isolation