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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.

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