Thursday, January 10, 2019

Border Fence Follies: They'll Climb Over! They'll Tunnell Under!

Yeah, no.
Fences, you see, are not perfect barriers. The point is, basically, to make it significantly harder to move along a given trajectory...not to make it absolutely impossible. This sort of perfection fallacy tends to crop up when people have already made their mind up about something and, hence, have stopped actually thinking about it.
  • Seatbelts don't work because it's possible for them to come unfastened
  • Antibiotics don't work because it's possible for the infection to survive
  • Coats don't work because you might still be cold
  • Cell phones don't work because you might lose service
Blah, blah, blah.
Here's the only kind of argument that is going to work here: there are alternative methods of border enforcement that are more cost-effective than additional fencing. Give us an argument like that or shut the hell up. disrespect to Speaker Pelosi. She ok. I'm not a big fan, but I do respect her. But c'mon: get serious.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

If a border fence forces people to tunnel under them to cross illegally, that is actually proof of the wall's effectiveness. It's very telling that it's being used otherwise without ridicule.

1:18 PM  
Blogger Pete Mack said...

That is not the usual argument. Fences in the desert are much less of an obstacle than the desert itself. You can't cross a desert with a ladder or bunch of ropes. (Slat fences in particular are easy to climb wuth a little technology.)

3:18 PM  

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