Nov 04, 2016
Source: The New York Times
If walls, with their myriad weaknesses and unintended consequences, so often fail, why do we persist in building them? Because a fetish for hardware feeds the fantasy that we can resolve large, complex problems with concrete and steel, argues the legal scholar Mary Fan.
"The more the prevention-through-deterrence paradigm has become strained by proof of its inefficacy," she writes, "the more object-oriented it has become: more layers of triple fencing, more sophisticated military equipment such as remote sensors and unmanned aircraft."