Does Any Country Really Need Borders?


A border defines the geographical location of a country, but beyond that what other purpose does a border serve?

It is a line that tells those who cross it that they have entered a place where the rules may be different than the country they are leaving.

All countries have rules to maintain stability. The American Indians did not have clearly designated boundaries and being nomadic, borders served little purpose. As civilization developed and the concept of private property was implemented a need for boundaries became necessary. For how could private property in the form of land ownership be implemented without clear borders? A country recognizing private property rights and protecting these rights must carry out that function to the limits of its jurisdiction.

The outer most limits are the country’s borders. In cases where the country doesn’t recognized private property such as a socialist country where the state owns all property, borders are still necessary. This dictate must also be bounded if it is to be maintained as a publicly owned property.

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