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The Right of Free Travel (visa-free) for Every Human Being on Planet Earth

This is a very problematic issue in my mind (which is not too far from slavery or racism in theoretical base) that has to be ended or changed in some way. I think the arguments on one side of the issue are so basic and strong that it is not easy to legitimate the current situation using some contra arguments like "the security of the borders of the nations" etc.

So I really wonder what the TED Community thinks about this major but not so much discussed topic. Please join and share your valuable insights...

To start the discussion, here are some basic arguments that come to my mind:

1 - Univ. Dec. Human Rights Article1: "All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood." and some other articles and the general spirit of the Declaration that reinforces the idea of same justice for every human being.
2 - I think that the most effective way to diminish and eliminate all kinds of discriminatory prejudices which all of us actually have toward all "the others" at different levels in us and which are also in my opinion a major handicap for world peace is through people coming together, meeting and knowing each other and sharing their lives, stories, thoughts...I think there isn't a better way to really kill our stupidities towards each other. (And the second best way is story telling arts and works I think)
3 - Some other inequalities which are inherently unjust:
-The geography where one was born in defines how much of the planet is accessible to him/her. (In theoretical sense here it looks very similar to racism)
-Corporations which are absolutely more harmful to everything than individual people move freely everywhere but the people can't?!? (Where is "the security of the nations" here?)
-If travelling is a way of education (which I think absolutely is) some people are not provided with this very basic right.


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  • Jul 27 2011: A lot of focus on security being the major reason for the government controls that exist. Isn't it easier for a government to sell the security risk than the economic risk? Wealthy societies are the ones that tend to the spend most time worrying (not necessarily acting) about human rights, so protecting lives will always be an easier sell to the people than protecting an economy.

    Many thoughts on rights, inalienable and otherwise. Rights a concept and a product of human thinking. Like all concepts they will be interpreted, re-interpreted and applied as fits the purpose. The only inalienable thing about a right, is the concept itself.

    Mentions of the challenges of countries, societies, groups individuals not getting on. With some suggestions of solutions to the problem. Isn't mankind inherently competitive, within groups and between groups. Where alliances are made, they are for competitive advantage. World peace is a long way off, while we compete... but without competition, would anything ever get done?

    So as to the original question:(1) rights are intangible concepts, so the global adoption of any right is a very long way off. (2) visa free travel... would lead to global mass migration and some really, really bad outcomes. Rationally right, but wholly impractical.

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