Hot on the heels of the Berlin’s celebrations around the destruction of its wall, I came across this:
”The poor are collectively unseizable. They are not only the majority on the planet, they are everywhere and the smallest event speaks of them. This is why the essential activity of the rich today is the building of walls — walls of concrete, of electronic surveillance, of missile barrages, minefields, frontier controls, and opaque media screens.“
— John Berger “Ten Dispatches About Endurance in the Face of Walls” (October 2004)
My bold and italics.
I did the Census around here in 2011 and one of my abiding memories is of how many gated and closed communities have grown up around here.