Trump's Is Not the Only Wall

Songwriters and poets have depicted their dislike of barriers.  In his only cowboy song, Cole Porter in 1934 proclaimed, "Don't fence me in ... give me land, lots of land."  Robert Frost told us, "Something there is that doesn't love a wall."  However, both would have been surprised that the issue of the building of a wall would be central and highly controversial in the 2016 presidential election, and perhaps a leading factor in the election of Donald Trump as president. Political barriers were not unknown in the past.  The remains of the Great Wall of China, 2,000 years old and thousands of miles long, is a reminder of this.  Nevertheless, they were not common.  At the end of World War II in 1945, only five border walls existed in the world.  But a funny thing happened on the way to globalization, which logically entails the removal of barriers.  The process may have removed some obstacles, but there has been in...(Read Full Article)

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