Sunday, July 1, 2012

'Nuff said

(Taking context-optional note of thought-provoking quotes)
'Instead of using birth for assigning citizenship, why not keep the boundaries of current countries, open the borders, and use residence to define citizenship, as the 50 states do? Free movement of people in the United States does not diminish the authority of states in our federal system, or the right to participate politically as a citizen of one state and not another. Nor did it lead to the citizens of Georgia moving en masse to Massachusetts.
'Consider, too, the experience of the European Union, where the free movement of labor across borders and ease of travel have resulted in greater well-being, and were not the cause of the current monetary and fiscal crisis.'

Jacqueline Stevens (right), Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University, in a New York Times commentary entitled "Citizenship to Go." (photo credits here and  here) The op-ed's remarkable, and not because of Stevens' advocacy of open borders, a position she shares with others, including my former Dean at Cal-Davis, Kevin R. Johnson. What's remarkable is that – using the news hook of recent citizenship flaps regarding U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann and Facebook co-founder Eduardo Savarin – Stevens was able to publish a review of an academic conference on the NYT's Opinions page. Enterprising 'Grrls, take note.

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