Owen Strachan: We’re All Pro-Borders Now

Are borders a bad thing or a good thing?

In recent years we’ve seen a lively debate on the issue—with conservatives taking a pounding for enforced borders and responsible immigration policy. The very notion of a nation having borders and a careful framework for welcoming immigrants to protect citizens, has been characterized as backward, racist—even evil.

The coronavirus pandemic has shifted the conversation. The same people calling for open borders are now calling for restrictions on travel. In an ironic twist that they might not see themselves, the left has suddenly become pro nation-state and pro borders—not just between countries, but between individuals.

The global crisis is giving us all a master-class in why security matters, why nations matters, and why leftist ideas don’t work. Unimpeded globalism sounds great on Twitter, but works poorly in the real world.

Borders aren’t evil.

They’re necessary—and they’re for our good.