Tue, September 28: Fortress Europe, Fortress US: How Borders Work, with Justin Akers Chacón and Chloe Haralambous
7:30 PM – 9:30 PM BST
Contemporary capitalism relies heavily on an inter-connected working class which extends across borders. Cross-border production and supply chains, logistics networks, and retail and service firms have aligned and fused a growing number of workers into one common class, regardless of where they happen to live. While money moves without restriction, the movement of displaced migrant workers across borders is restricted, punished—often violently so. And all of this is before imperial adventures and decades of neoliberal structural adjustment policies conspire to create the dire circumstances that lead to “refugee crises.”
In both the US and across Europe this context has been seized on and converted to political fodder by mainstream parties of the liberal and the reactionary varieties. While often flavored differently—from outright scapegoating of migrants to handwringing calls for ‘kinder-gentler’ deportation regimes—the growth and violence of the police state dedicated to the repression of transborder populations has proceeded unabated for decades.
Drawing on Justin Akers Chacón’s new book The Border Crossed Us, and Chloe Haralambous’s work with Sea-Watch, this Salvage Live event will look at the differences and similarities between Fortress US and Fortress Europe, examine how to effectively dismantle their respective border regimes, and aim to explain how borders work (and for whom).