On the contrary, we must ask ourselves whether all living things, as well as artefacts of all kinds, should be entitled to rights similar to those laid out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in order to resolve the problem of global social imbalance. This may go beyond what some people are capable of imagining, but it is urgently needed, especially in times when corporations and states are in the process of using virtual borders to reshape the world order solely to their own advantage. As our Focus section in this issue shows, borders can be a help as well as a hindrance, even if only to grasp the key difference between setting things apart and keeping things out. Ultimately, borders are still an important source of orientation, without which we would be unable to navigate our increasingly algorithmic world.
In another indefensible statement, Germany’s Federal Minister of the Interior called migration the mother of all problems – thus passing over all the colonial grandfathers whose political, economic, and ecological legacy we are still dealing with today. It is important to impose limits on such views spoken from positions of power, while also opening up new perspectives. Otherwise, we will have trouble moving forward. We will find it hard to see things in new ways, to develop them further or to reassess them.
In this spirit, I wish us all clear thinking and stamina in the face of the ideological smoke screens that are being put up every day.
Stephan Ott, Editor-in-Chief