The Right Coast

Editor: Thomas A. Smith
University of San Diego
School of Law

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Why humans build walls to keep people out—or in

If it is ever built, President Donald Trump’s much-vaunted wall, which is supposed to stretch for nearly 2,000 miles along the United States’s border with Mexico, would be the largest infrastructure project since the U.S. highway system, estimated to cost $18 to $40 billion. But as David Frye reveals in his new book, Walls: A History of Civilization in Blood and Brick, the idea of constructing barriers to keep others out—or, in the case of the Berlin Wall, to keep people in—is as ancient as human civilization. Only the people being shut out have changed.


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Sometimes, as with the ghetto, they were intended to do both.

Posted by: dearieme | Oct 7, 2018 7:59:18 AM

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