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Avast ye scurvy migrant dogs…

Or… (since she’s German)… it would probably be ‘Halt, ihr Migranten Hunde’. I have no idea what scurvy is in German. Not really part of my daily lexicon used to ask my old man to pass the marmalade. The fact that our family eats marmalade is also very un-Teutonic. And likely cause for the deduction of several German points.

Pia Klemp, a German Marine Biologist,  faces 20 years in prison. She is currently on trial in Italy for ‘aiding illegal immigration’, for, over the course of several years now, using her vessel the ‘Seawatch’ (which I originally read as the Seawitch, which would, imo, would have been a MUCH cooler name), to rescue over 5000 migrants from the Mediterranean.


I made the mistake of reading the comments section of this article (when does that ever work out well?)… ‘Lock her up and throw away the key’ etc… actually, I’m not going to list them all, because really, I can’t be bothered.

Personally, Pia seems pretty cool to me. Mostly because she looks salty AF and has got a little bit of Anne Bonny/Mary Read thing going on. Also because rescuing people from potentially drowning is likely the right thing to do. Personal responsibility arguments aside about migrants choosing to get onto tiny rafts and endanger themselves and their progeny with dangerous sea voyages. When faced with indifference and action, I am more inclined towards action and not residing peeps to a briny end. Even the poor, dirty uneducated ones.

Let me also say that (at the moment) I am against illegal migration from one realm or principality to another. Mostly because I wouldn’t like a boat load of migrants dumped onto my doorstep and have to be suddenly forced to deal with the consequences thereof… I imagine this would likely impact my comfortable existence in a manner I would find vexing. Experience has shown that the vast majority of people are suddenly a lot less liberal when experiencing something (like migrants) up close and viscerally.

But! On the flip-side I like freedom of movement. As a concept. And I think that supply and demand would likely (eventually) even things like this out ‘naturally’ as opposed to regulation and policing. Probably. Since this is basically impossible to prove, since no country in the world would risk seeing how this would play out, I am, in a Realpolitik sense forced to be more intractable about illegal migration. Totally happy with the concept of legal migration (because I might at some point be one of those people). Also… I think I need to differentiate between migrants that are fleeing because of economic circumstances and those that are fleeing because of… well, I suppose living in a warzone is also kinda an economic circumstance… Then I suppose there is the desirable migrant… versus the one that is less desirable and suffers from bad cultural PR. We are inclined to typecast and profile people from certain parts of the world as having certain traits. Ergh. Which forces us to confront our own darkness…

So really, my two views are in opposition to each other. Like everything else in my life. Some days I am more pro. Other days more con. Are you loyal to your community or to humanity?

Also, it suddenly occurred to me that maybe she rescuing migrants and dumping them in Italy because she thinks its funny. This actually makes me like her more. Ha ha (har har)

In closing I am probably pro-migration as long as it doesn’t affect me personally. And I don’t have to pay for it. This is actually my operating logic for nearly everything. Probably means I’m a libertarian.

A real libertarian I mean. Not like those other ‘libertarians’.


  1. Anthony Garner

    June 13, 2019 at 9:46 am

    Oh god. Its such a difficult question. I feel the same as you. There is one earth and it does not belong to any of us. Human society is a grubby cruel selfish mess. Personally I would like to emigrate to some far flung goldikocks planet and have it all to myself. As a reasonably well off Londonder how would I fare in Syria or any of the other man made shit holes on yhis benighted planet. And some fools believe there is a benign god!

    1. Jo

      June 13, 2019 at 10:01 am

      It is super difficult. And I can’t see any middle ground that would afford some sort of compromise solution that is workable. And so I find myself muddling around.

      Pretty glad I wasn’t born a Syrian. But if I was, you can be damn sure I’d be trying to improve my lot in life. And if that meant trying to get into Europe… I would definitely be doing my utmost.

      1. Anthony Garner

        June 13, 2019 at 10:03 am

        Exactly. As would I. Its nit even a matter of politics. Its just bare decency. We need to re-engineer human nature itself. As per the Abolitionist Project

      2. Jo

        June 13, 2019 at 10:09 am

        Thanks for this. I’m going to put it on my reading list for tonight. 🙂

      3. Anthony Garner

        June 13, 2019 at 10:06 am

        David Pearce might sound a but cranky byt I cant think if a better way to mend the world

  2. jim-

    June 13, 2019 at 12:46 pm

    Compassion is hard, and sometimes expensive. Try hosting a couple of refugees. They are people, and glad I’m not them. Imagine that.

    1. Jo

      June 13, 2019 at 12:55 pm

      I saved a couple of Zimbabweans once. Hid one of them in the back of my warehouse for about a month.. It was my Anne Frank moment. (there were these xenophobic riots in SA about… ten years ago? Anyways… it was pretty bad. A mob got hold of a Zimbo outside my warehouse, put a tire round his neck and set him on fire. His fat was literally baked into the road surface… and for days afterward the crows would risk death from the traffic to pick the bits of fat out of the tarmac.

      1. jim-

        June 13, 2019 at 12:57 pm

        I’ve never hidden anyone, just sponsored, but I would.

      2. Jo

        June 13, 2019 at 1:00 pm

        I think you probably would. You have that look about you. Ha ha. I only did it because it was convenient and I had capacity. Whereas I think your motivations would likely be more… humanitarian.

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