'A nation designed for total exclusion'

I've so often appreciated the Mike Davis POV. I value his insight in my crude attempts to understand the growth of urban sprawl here in South East Queensland(somthing I'm well overdue for writing more on). Here's a thoughtful interview with him from TomDispatch:

Davis: The two major poor cities of 19th century Europe that fit our present model were Dublin and Naples, but nobody saw them as the future; and the reason there weren't more Dublins and Naples was, above all, the safety valve of the Atlantic emigration. Today, most of the south is, in fact, blocked from migrating. There's simply no precedent, for instance, for the kinds of borders Australia and Western Europe have constructed, essentially designed for total exclusion -- except for a limited flow of high-skill labor. The American border with Mexico has historically been of a different kind. It acts as a dam to regulate the supply of labor, not to close it off completely. But more generally, for people in poor countries today, there aren't the options poor Europeans had back then. MORE>>

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