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Refugee crisis presents a humanitarian paradox

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: (Published 10 October 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i5412

Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty (Andrew Jackson)

Government is like ranching, and citizens are like cattle. Cattle think that ranchers are taking care of them by giving them food, water, and land. Likewise, citizens think, hope, or pretend, that governments are taking care of them by giving them rights, protection, and money. But in fact, both cattle and citizens are being bred, misled, and bled for profit. Like cattle, citizens are bred, misled, and bled by bloviating Big Brothers whose insatiable states, profligate professions, and mendacious media use citizenship like a branding iron.

Competing interests: No competing interests

10 October 2016
Hugh Mann
New York, NY, USA