It may not be The Wall™ that was shouted as a campaign promise, but there is a wall (or a collection of walls and wall-like objects) at the border.

I don’t know what this wall cost (and continues to cost, it’s a work in progress), but let’s call it $Xm (because it’s a large governmental infrastructure project is has to be (at least) in the millions (and that includes not just the direct cost(s) but also the cost of any and all concessions that were required for the passing of the necessary bills and appropriations)).

What could that $Xm been spent on instead while striving for the same goals?

If it’s to keep out people seeking economic opportunity, could it have been invested in development initiatives that would create more attractive opportunities at home?

If it’s to prevent asylum seekers and those fleeing violence, could it be spent to stabilize those areas? (Yeah, this brings up the whole foreign policy / CIA ball of yarn.)

If it’s another salvo in the War on Drugs and the cartels, is it a good one? Wouldn’t making it more difficult to bring the product in further entrench the cartels? (Kind of like how GDPR is probably entrenching the major digital players, something about regulations and large corporations, etc.)

What does the wall have going for it?

It’s tangible. It’s an easy totem to point to to say “look, I did something!”

It’s the simplest, easiest to understand solution to the symptom of the problem being focused on.

All of this literal wall talk was inspired by a metaphorical wall example used to [explain second order thinking(It may not be The Wall(tm) that was shouted as a campaign promise, but there is a wall (or a collection of walls and wall-like objects) at the border.

I don’t know what this wall cost (and continues to cost, it’s a work in progress), but let’s call it $Xm (because it’s a large governmental infrastructure project is has to be (at least) in the millions (and that includes not just the direct cost(s) but also the cost of any and all concessions that were required for the passing of the necessary bills and appropriations)).

What could that $Xm been spent on instead while striving for the same goals?

If it’s to keep out people seeking economic opportunity, could it have been invested in development initiatives that would create more attractive opportunities at home?

If it’s to prevent asylum seekers and those fleeing violence, could it be spent to stabilize those areas? (Yeah, this brings up the whole foreign policy / CIA ball of yarn.)

If it’s another salvo in the War on Drugs and the cartels, is it a good one? Wouldn’t making it more difficult to bring the product in further entrench the cartels? (Kind of like how GDPR is probably entrenching the major digital players, something about regulations and large corporations, etc.)

What does the wall have going for it?

It’s tangible. It’s an easy totem to point to to say “look, I did something!”

It’s the simplest, easiest to understand solution to the symptom of the problem being focused on.

All of this literal wall talk was inspired by a metaphorical wall example used to explain second order thinking.