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Borderline Insanity

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When you control the questions, you don’t really have to worry about the answers.

So let’s begin to question the questions.

For instance, consider this politically hot question:

“What should the government do about the problem of illegal aliens?”

No, don’t answer. First let’s just question the question.

Why are ‘illegal aliens’ a ‘problem’ to be solved?

A common answer would be: “They don’t pay taxes, and yet are served by government programs (paid for by American citizens).”

That answer hints at a new way to look at almost all ‘political’ questions. The answer to why illegal aliens are a problem is centered around government programs (taxes and services).

In other words, we need to solve this problem (illegal aliens) because of the impact it has on government solutions to previous ‘problems’ (the collection of taxes and the provision of services).

What happens if we consider the problem of illegal aliens, setting government aside?

OK, setting government aside, what is an illegal alien? Borders are imaginary lines drawn by governments to declare their control over people and places. So, without government borders, there are no aliens, legal, illegal or otherwise. You just have people. No problem.

Well, what about taxes and services? OK, setting government aside, people in communities would work to create products to sell or trade, provide services to sell or trade, and would provide goods or services as charity for people in need. Taking from some people to give to other people is a government thing.

So, setting government aside, the ‘illegal alien’ problem simply starts to fade away.

You can follow this thought pattern on just about any political issue. Instead of answering the political question, as asked, try considering why the problem exists in the first place. It will lead you to different answers.