LETTER TO THE EDITOR: ‘Money has no nationality or conscience’

The recent exchange about migrants and immigrants has been painful to follow. Both sides are entrenched and have brought out the big guns to pound their points and devastate their enemy.

Meanwhile, the need to understand the pressures at work on borders and global movement remains an effort unmade. The dismissing of these realities as yet another sign of the liberal left’s anti-nativist bias is countered by the left’s knee-jerk dismissal of the right’s Trump supporters as racist or supremacist.

Perhaps we can’t get beyond these postures at this moment. That’s a shame, literally. But we really need to start trying to get beyond virtue and figure out what we want here.

There are already millions of people living in this country that the legal immigration system disappears but for whom the economic system has many uses. The federal effort to reform immigration has been focused primarily on labor yet even so, no solution has been found that won’t bring with it political repercussions from certain factions of voters.

The fight over the borders between the two countries, which are our only physical neighbors, is a manipulative distraction, as far as I can see. Whether or not we embrace or spurn “one world” globalism, very few of us have any direct leverage on or influence in the contractual decisions and movements of money that underlie the current situation here and elsewhere.

Whether or not the borders are open or closed, those of us without personal compounds and jets and offshore hoards and trusts will be the people who bear the consequences, good and bad. Money has no nationality or conscience and this fight is about keeping a grip on the capital. Equating capitalism with democracy was just another politically expedient move to shut up those who are frightened by the growing economic inequality here and elsewhere.

People don’t vote to be poor or sick or see their kids caught up in proxy wars and mass migrations. Most everyone would like to have hope and opportunity for themselves and their families and friends.

Do we have to make everyone else enemies and invaders in order for ourselves to have these things? I don’t think so. But I also think it’s very useful for the rich and powerful to make the rest of us believe that the only folks who are taking advantage of us are people who are pretty much just like us but don’t speak our language or have our skin color.

Deb Schultz

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