Citizenship and Justice

Sunday, September 13, 2020

What Is It

Securing citizenship to a developed country could guarantee people enormous privileges and opportunities. Some condemn those who try illegally to reap the benefits that come with such citizenship. But are our ways of determining who gets to enter borders arbitrary and unfair? Should we grant border access to people born in a nation’s territories, or also on people whose parents were citizens? Or should we favor the highly skilled who can contribute the most to the nation? What is the most just way to determine citizenship? Josh and Ray cross the border with Arash Abizadeh from McGill University, author of Hobbes and the Two Faces of Ethics.

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Harold G. Neuman

Tuesday, May 4, 2021 -- 8:11 AM

Citizenship is a privilege,

Citizenship is a privilege, not a right. Where one is born is not within his/her control. A nation's resources are limited---even in the long view that emerges in the wealthiest and most powerful. That there are limits is not always readily admitted by liberal progressives, who believe all ought to have access to a better life. And fundamental human rights. My view on this issue is not always well-received. This nation's reputation as saviour to the world is more mythical than practical. I just have the nerve to say so.

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Harold G. Neuman

Tuesday, May 18, 2021 -- 7:03 AM

We can no longer welcome

We can no longer welcome everyone's tired and poor, seems to me. That was several yesterdays ago. Now, due to many contingencies, we have more than enough of our own and barely the available resources to assist them towards becoming rested and gainfully employed. But, lip-service aside, such is not;was never a priority anyway. Philanthropy spins a good yarn and shores up reputations which have been tarnished by personal aspiration. In short, it makes people look better than they deserve.