On the uselessness of national boundaries

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” Does it make any difference if you can see the fence, or the fence is nearby, at least – or do we all carry them within us, now? The question my research addresses is whether it makes any difference to feelings of nationality, rootedness, sympathy or fear if any individual lives near the geographical border between the adjoining  states of his or her heritage and adoption. Or are borders now overwhelmingly imaginary constructions, undermined by telephone lines, Youtube, Skype and globalised culture? ”

Horatio Clare, ‘National borders cross a line of decency: we should all be citizens of the world’, The Guardian

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