The right to frontiers

by Lorenzo Piccoli

Frontiers have become awfully unfashionable. The Italian pacifist movement is essentially based on the motto: non muri, ma ponti. Walls are perceived to be just bad. But what if the solution to managing power is not fewer borders but more? This is the idea behind Régis Debray’s Éloge des frontières (2010), which shows that frontiers and borders are necessary “rites de passage”. Without frontiers, it is suggested on openDemocracy, there is a real risk of reverting to the reign of the old Roman deity Terminus which defied diverse identities and differentiated cultures. An old popular detto is  that Good fences make good neighbors. Unity is good, but diversity is better, some may say. Is a world without frontiers a better world, really?