Episode 4.09 We're Idealist Realists
The Syrian refugee crisis, the difference between refugees and general immigration, and hard choices for nation-states
We discuss the problems that face major nation-states trying to respond to the massive refugee crisis in Europe. We also look at the complex relationship between nations on topics like this in a “global world” (nice, Chris) and suggest that Americans both invest actively in making things better and chill out a bit insofar as we don’t live in Europe.
- “One in, one out”: Turkey and EU agree outline of ‘one in, one out’ deal over Syria refugee crisis (The Guardian)
- “Central American Families Fear Deportation As Raids Begin” (NPR)
- “The Shame of America’s Family Detention Camps” (The New York Times Magazine)
- Safe cities in Syria: Why Syrian ‘Safe Zones’ Could Be Dangerous for Civilians and U.S. Policy (TIME)
- Stephen’s Biblical metaphors:
Previously on the Show
- 1.12: Political Appinations – in which we talked (among other things) about the value of more local politics
- 4.06: Kickstarting a Hyperlocal Super-Farm – in which we talked about local governance in the context of the
- 4.07: A Muscle-Flexing Flyby – in which we talked about Russia
- 4.09: A Ghost in Singapore – in which John O’Nolan exhorted people to be charitable in their assessments of businesses
- “Come Down” by Water District. Used by permission.
- “Winning Slowly Theme” by Chris Krycho. Do you hear that? It’s the sound of there not being any sweet remixes yet. Someday. Someday.
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