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Is a world without any borders a good idea? Show more Show less

Millions of people risk their lives trying to cross borders into other countries. Some are fleeing violence and persecution, others are looking for better economical opportunities or to be reunited with family members. What are the pros and cons of a world without borders?

No, we should keep our borders Show more Show less

Getting rid of borders would be a bad idea
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Getting rid of borders would destroy culture

Losing borders would mean losing your cultural identity
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Context

I love my flag and I love my country. I am proud to be a British citizen. I am proud that my national dish is fish and chips even though if it is a factor in our high levels of child obesity. If open borders means I can no longer call myself British, then I don't want anything to do with it.

The Argument

Getting rid of borders means would mean a loss of culture. We should be trying to protect our culture and heritage as much as possible. Many people are patriotic, so it would cause them to lose a large part of their identity.

Counter arguments

Open borders would actually create an increase in culture, since the merging of cultures often creates more diversity. It expands cultures by introducing new ideas and customs.

Framing

Premises

(1) Open borders would cause people to lose their cultural identity (2) Open borders would cause a loss of culture (3) A loss of cultural identity and a loss of culture is bad thing (4) Open borders would be bad thing

Rejecting the premises

Reject premise (2) Open borders would cause a loss of culture. Open borders would actually introduce more cultural diversity.

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    This page was last edited on Tuesday, 26 Feb 2019 at 16:51 UTC