The Case for Open Borders

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Price
$19.95  $18.55
Publisher
Haymarket Books
Publish Date
Pages
272
Dimensions
5.3 X 8.4 X 1.1 inches | 0.7 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9798888900727

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About the Author
John Washington is a staff writer at Arizona Luminaria, a community-focused media outlet where he writes about the border, climate change, democracy, and more. He has written for The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The Nation, The Intercept, and other outlets. His first book, The Dispossessed: A Story of Asylum at the US-Mexico Border and Beyond, was published in 2020 by Verso Books. Washington is also a translator of books by Anabel Hernandez, Sandra Rodriquez Nieto, and others. His most recent translations include The Hollywood Kid by Óscar Martínez and Juan Martínez, and Blood Barrios by Alberto Arce, which won a PEN Translates Award. Both were co-translated along with Daniela Ugaz. He lives in Tucson, Arizona, and tweets @jbwashing.
Reviews
"A powerful and convincing case for human solidarity and cooperation for which Washington provides a roadmap. Unlike many commentaries and books about the fraught border, he does not leave out the Indigenous communities whose homelands have existed in the area for centuries before the border was violently imposed by the United States in 1848." -Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, author of Not "A Nation of Immigrants: " Settler-Colonialism, White Supremacy, and a History of Erasure and Exclusion

"John Washington makes a strong, eloquent and even inspiring case for the relaxation and ultimately the abolition of border controls." --JM Coetzee

"The Case for Open Borders offers an accessible and passionate case against border controls. Highlighting the complex stories and lived experiences of displaced and immobilized migrants in the crosshairs of violent bordering regimes, Washington shows how borders structure global difference across economies and ecosystems and ends with a multi-faceted and air-tight 21 arguments for open borders for people across the political spectrum." --Harsha Walia

"John Washington's The Case for Open Borders is a compelling, empathetic argument, a far-reaching look into the origins of borders. Washington is one of our most thoughtful, creative, and humane journalists, and this new work will make people think differently about what they think they already know, about what divides and unites the world in new, surprising ways. Highly recommended." --Greg Grandin

"John Washington provides us with an essential evidence based, politically sophisticated, and ethically compelling tool to address one of the most important issues of our time." --Alex Vitale, author of The End of Policing

The Case for Open Borders
reveals the extent to which today's global borders have become, at their very core, irredeemably inhumane. Through riveting reporting and wide-ranging citations and case studies, John Washington deconstructs a host of broken metaphors, facile analogies, and fallacious arguments--deconstructing modern notions of scarcity, enforcement, and "order." This is essential reading, a powerhouse manual for re-imagining a world without walls." --Francisco Cantúuacute;, author of The Line Becomes a River

"The Case for Open Borders is an urgently needed and timely appeal for justice for the expanding flows of migrants and refugees falling victim inside a hardened and darkening complex of enforced border walls, perilous waterways, and spirals of razor wire. A fluid blend of historical analysis, investigative journalism, and illustrative storytelling, this book grabs you immediately and turns your attention to these anti-human regimes jutting the global landscape--and won't let you look away. Read this book that makes the most complete and comprehensive case for opening the borders--and then take action to make it a reality." --Justin Akers Chacóoacute;n

"Perhaps the most profound book you'll read this year. Washington cleaves through all the cruel obfuscations and militaristic cant that derange our border and immigration politics and offers a better human alternative. Borders will not save us, or our rapidly broiling planet, but Washington's reportorial courage and ethical clarity just might." --Junot Díiacute;az



"A powerful and convincing case for human solidarity and cooperation for which Washington provides a roadmap. Unlike many commentaries and books about the fraught border, he does not leave out the Indigenous communities whose homelands have existed in the area for centuries before the border was violently imposed by the United States in 1848." --Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, author of Not "A Nation of Immigrants: " Settler-Colonialism, White Supremacy, and a History of Erasure and Exclusion

"John Washington makes a strong, eloquent and even inspiring case for the relaxation and ultimately the abolition of border controls." --JM Coetzee

"The Case for Open Borders offers an accessible and passionate case against border controls. Highlighting the complex stories and lived experiences of displaced and immobilized migrants in the crosshairs of violent bordering regimes, Washington shows how borders structure global difference across economies and ecosystems and ends with a multi-faceted and air-tight 21 arguments for open borders for people across the political spectrum." --Harsha Walia

"John Washington's The Case for Open Borders is a compelling, empathetic argument, a far-reaching look into the origins of borders. Washington is one of our most thoughtful, creative, and humane journalists, and this new work will make people think differently about what they think they already know, about what divides and unites the world in new, surprising ways. Highly recommended." --Greg Grandin

"John Washington provides us with an essential evidence based, politically sophisticated, and ethically compelling tool to address one of the most important issues of our time." --Alex Vitale, author of The End of Policing

The Case for Open Borders
reveals the extent to which today's global borders have become, at their very core, irredeemably inhumane. Through riveting reporting and wide-ranging citations and case studies, John Washington deconstructs a host of broken metaphors, facile analogies, and fallacious arguments--deconstructing modern notions of scarcity, enforcement, and "order." This is essential reading, a powerhouse manual for re-imagining a world without walls." --Francisco Cantú, author of The Line Becomes a River

"The Case for Open Borders is an urgently needed and timely appeal for justice for the expanding flows of migrants and refugees falling victim inside a hardened and darkening complex of enforced border walls, perilous waterways, and spirals of razor wire. A fluid blend of historical analysis, investigative journalism, and illustrative storytelling, this book grabs you immediately and turns your attention to these anti-human regimes jutting the global landscape--and won't let you look away. Read this book that makes the most complete and comprehensive case for opening the borders--and then take action to make it a reality." --Justin Akers Chacón

"Perhaps the most profound book you'll read this year. Washington cleaves through all the cruel obfuscations and militaristic cant that derange our border and immigration politics and offers a better human alternative. Borders will not save us, or our rapidly broiling planet, but Washington's reportorial courage and ethical clarity just might." --Junot Díaz