Mathew Stinson and I had some fun with the hypothetical question (see the Storify): what would happen if there were no ‘borders’? It stemmed from an awful question on a Time Magazine political personality quiz that asked, “if there were no borders, would we be one people?”
The questions we came up with instead:
- Would no borders promote more or less cultural diversity?
- Could the nation-state survive without borders?
- What would be the impact on poverty and wealth distribution?
Parameters: The major thing that changes is the removal of the need for visas and passports. Anyone can fly, drive, walk or float anywhere and stay (and work) there for as long as they’d like. Assume people find degrees of political enfranchisement wherever they go, such that they have some political voice and clout, though probably not as much as ‘natives’ do.