Remember way back when? Probably in your history lessons? If you had a half-way honest history teacher, you learned that in a country called “East Germany,” the authorities built a wall. Everyone knew why they had built the wall: it was to keep the people in. The country was such a dump — financially, politically, ideologically, morally — that the people were doing as people do, and trying desperately to get out.
Walls can keep people or critters out, or walls can keep them in.
So the East German authorities — called “socialists,” but whom history is coming to recognize as no different from your ordinary, garden-variety fascists — built a wall to keep the poor, bedraggled, downtrodden people in, and to prevent them from bettering their, and their families’, lives.
We all knew the abstract reason why the authorities built that wall. It was an overt, in-your-face admission of the colossal failure of the socialist system in place in East Germany. Courageous people actually pointed that out in America back then.
Socialism was — is — a swinish, reactionary, morally bankrupt system, that’s nothing more than serfdom all gussied up in fancy words. It’s a system that in East Germany eventually collapsed in a heap of rubble, right along with the wall that was its perfect symbol.
Throughout history there have been many such countries, whose rulers felt the need to take extraordinary measures to keep their subjects trapped behind their borders. They knew. If they were to remove the barriers to departure, they’d rule over empty countries. History has always labeled the rulers of such countries as martinets, dictators, tyrants.
Now, almost thirty years later, we still know how to refer to a country that vomits out its people, or that has to take extraordinary measures — like building walls — to keep the people in: a failure. A failed state. A hellhole(1).
Quick, slight change of direction: In America, we have a “problem.” Some large companies have found that it can be a very good thing financially to merge with a foreign company, and to locate the merged company’s headquarters in the foreign country where the business/tax climate is better. A lot better.
It’s called a corporate inversion, and the American authorities are very ticked-off when the leadership of any company decides to do it. It’s becoming more common — companies leaving the country, so today the Obama Administration built a wall.
The wall takes the form of regulations that make it harder for American companies to do a corporate inversion; to leave the country.
We still know how to refer to those countries that have to build walls to keep their people in. We know also that the perceived need to build a wall to keep the people in … is an admission of failure.
How sad, how monumentally stupid, that in America, the authorities see businesses departing for less hostile shores and, rather than say, “How can we make it more inviting for them to stay?” declare instead, “Let’s build a wall to keep them in.”
It’s always failed in the past; it will fail now.
(1) America’s left, of course, refer to this reactionary, long-dead, moldering fossil of a system as: “progress.”