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journalist Alan Rusbridger calls “the flight from complexity” that defines this era. Walls are simple, right? No. Nothing is simple. How has Trump not yet learned that?
The wonderful British novelist John Lanchester — he began writing Capital, a novel about the crash, in 2006, two years before it happened — has written a new work of speculative fiction called The Wall, out this month.
In Hong Kong as a child, he lived beside a wall and found it comforting when people climbed over it to escape from China. He likes immigration. “That means you are in a safe place” where people want to be.
Walls just add new complications to a tangled world. If Trump manages to raid funds set aside for climate disasters — I doubt this somehow — then the wall will symbolize malign failure.
How silly to wall off 3,145 km. Is Canada next? Our border with the U.S. is 8,891 km and we are not building the world’s longest snow fence. It’s much cheaper for Ottawa to spend $140 million plus $40 million in one-time costs to clear our 65,000-refugee backlog, according to the Immigration and Refugee Board. Don’t scrimp. It’s already a bargain.
Let’s try it.