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The Great Wall of Texas: How the U.S. Is Repeating One of History’s Great Blunders – Glenn Hubbard and Tim Kane – The Atlantic

The Great Wall of Texas: How the U.S. Is Repeating One of History’s Great Blunders – Glenn Hubbard and Tim Kane – The Atlantic.

Before their empire fell, the Romans built walls.

They began by erecting barriers along the border following the death of the Emperor Trajan in 117 A.D., notably Hadrian’s Wall, which belted Britain. Later emperors erected internal walls, even around the great city itself, to ward off barbarians. After 300 A.D., the Emperor Diocletian effectively converted the entire Roman populace into feudal serfs, walling them off from internal movement in a vain effort to stabilize the chaotic economy.

Despite the cautionary tale of Rome, building walls, both literal and figurative, has remained a habit of great powers in decline — the fateful course taken not only by Ming China, but also Soviet Russia, and even Great Britain.

Sadly, many Americans are all too eager to repeat history.

 

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Mexico Lecture

Here’s a link to my Mexico Lecture.

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And the Storify of the Mexico POE 1AC.

 

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Where are Border POEs?

Pages from 2010_Fall_Border_Brief

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Survey Time!

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Adapted from a survey by Vianovo.

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Wilson Center

On the US-Mexico border, the Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute is one of the best resources for understanding the complexities of the issue.

Here’s a video of some of their great work!

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Securing the US Mexico Border

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Latin America – The Topic

Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its economic engagement toward Cuba, Mexico, or Venezuela.

To kick it off, here’s a very cool word cloud that depicts US-Attitudes towards Mexico that is associated with a study from last year on the topic from the National Journal. Continue reading

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