Very Serious People
At the JFK protests – good, crucial protests – some people are holding signs saying “Open borders.”
It’s the extreme childishness of so many in the opposition that’s worrisome. Pink hats, open borders, join the resistance – none of this can stand up to a group of very serious people who very seriously are shredding the remains of the nation-state.
In order to quash opposition, these very serious people are coopting some of the nation-state’s rhetoric (protect the borders, America first). Of course, the part where national governments guarantee the welfare of the people is lost in the border-related noise. The goal here is to push the opposition into the untenable situation of simultaneously defending and dismantling the nation-state. And it’s going to work because the opposition is taking a piecemeal approach of combating each issue separately instead of coming up with a grand narrative of what it wants to achieve.
The important thing to remember is that the real enemy here is not some clueless doofus who has been duped into relinquishing welfare protections in exchange for a comforting lie that Trump likes tacos and will battle scary Mexicans. The enemy is a group of very serious people who are carrying out a corporate takeover of national and state governments with the goal of dismsntling them and removing this last barrier to liquid capital.