Philosophy Ripped From The Headlines!, Issue #13, 2 (September 2018): Abolish ICE!, and Hungary’s Starvation Tactics.

By Hugh Reginald

1. “How ‘Abolish ICE’ Went From Twitter Slogan To Winning Over Progressives And Dividing Politics”

By Steven Perlberg

BuzzFeed News, 28 JULY 2018


2. “Hungary Intentionally Denying Food To Asylum-Seekers, Watchdog Groups Say”

By Camila Domonske

NPR News, 22 AUGUST 2018


A police officer walks through a gate at the Tompa border station transit zone in April 2017. Hungary has two “transit zones” with shipping containers that are used to automatically detain migrants while their asylum claims are investigated. This month, Hungary began denying food to asylum-seekers whose claims were rejected and appealed, human rights groups say. Attila Kisbenedek/AFP/Getty Images
  1. People have basic human needs, especially including the needs for decent housing, food, healthcare, useful, productive, meaningful work, and other necessities of life, and therefore they should be permitted to travel anywhere in the world in order to satisfy those needs, provided that they also sufficiently respect the dignity of others.
  2. Borders between nation-States, including contemporary democratic nation-States like the USA and Hungary, are arbitarily imposed by those States and coercively protected by them.
  3. Coercion means using violence or the threat of violence in order to force people to do what the coercer wants them to do, either for self-interested reasons or publicly beneficial reasons.
  4. But it is rationally unjustified and immoral to treat people merely as means or as mere things, whatever the reasons for doing this.
  5. Not only is coercion rationally justified and immoral, it is also rationally unjustifed and immoral to deny people the means to satisfy their basic human needs.
  6. Therefore, not only should federal agencies like the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, aka ICE, be abolished; and not only should Hungary stop using starvation-tactics on immigrants, thereby torturing them; but also, and more radically, all national and State borders should be abolished and unrestricted human migration should be fully permitted worldwide.

Formerly Captain Nemo. A not-so-very-angry, but still unemployed, full-time philosopher-nobody.

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