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16 October 2018
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Ron Nasty
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See, I don't think you can make those distinctions, @Dark Overlord. The "average person" at that time, to elevate themselves in society and give better prospects, would probably have done all that CC did and more, and the vast majority of them would have applauded them for claiming new lands for whoever their ruler was. The majority of early explorers were, in terms modern morality, extremely questionable. By today's standards, exploration of the world usually included brutal and illegal subjugation of foreign lands. That wasn't the world they lived in though.

Find me an explorer from that time who acted differently.

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17 October 2018
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@Ron Nasty Your comments remind me of the recent (i.e. earlier this year) events at Manchester University where the Rudyard Kipling poem, 'If' was painted over by students.

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2018/jul/19/manchester-university-students-paint-over-rudyard-kipling-mural

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/jul/20/we-cant-paint-over-our-racist-past

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What are your thoughts on open borders. I think there should be no physical borders aside from a sign that says Welcome to (whatever country is being entered).

Borders are a horrible thing, they prevent people from truly being free to explore the world, they lock people into a specific area, they deny people who live in a shitty country the chance to enjoy basic rights, and if you have someone like Trump (or worse) in power, they can be used for racist purposes like the Muslim Ban.

Don't get me wrong, there are some legitimate reasons to have borders, such as to prevent mass shootings, but some of the worst mass shootings were done by American citizens and for every person who would do such a thing, there's thousands of innocent people trapped in countries where basic rights are denied, whether it be because of a corrupt government or because the country is 3rd world, who just want a better place to live and I don't think those people deserve to suffer because of the bad choices of a few people.

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I totally agree that all borders should be open - it's simply segregating people using an arbitrary border which commonly cuts through culture/language/communities. 

Oh, by the way, this post was made by The Hole Got Fixed!

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Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do

Trying to play Devil's advocate here:

The trouble with having no borders is that there's a danger that it would lead to mass immigration to a country/area that may not be able to cope with the increased demand on its services. Even a first-world country doesn't have the infrastructure to cope with a limitless population. Where will they all live? What jobs will they do? Where will they be educated? Where will they be be treated for illness or disease?

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We'd legalize all drugs, destroying the Mexican drug cartels in the process, which would improve the living situation in Mexico which would make less people want to immigrate to the US.

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