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Foreigners

Volume VIII, Number 1 | winter 2014

Preamble

Them

By Lewis H. Lapham

When we talk about the foreign, the question becomes one of us versus them. But in the end, is one just the opposite side of the other? 

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Miscellany

In ancient Athens if a citizen was accused of killing another citizen, he would be brought before the Areopagus, the highest court of law, and might face the death penalty. If the citizen was accused of killing a resident alien, a slave, or a foreigner, he was tried in a lower court, the Palladion, and faced, at worst, exile.

Such then is the human state, that to wish greatness for one’s country is to wish harm to one’s neighbors.

- Voltaire, 1764

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