How do you think isolation from the rest of the world might affect you, your family, and Canadian society?
The Isolation Laws:
-All foreign nationals are forced to leave Canada. New comers are no longer allowed to enter.
-Canadians are not allowed to go abroad.
-Ships large enough to make ocean voyages can no longer be built and existing ones are to be destroyed. Planes are no longer allowed to enter or leave the country.
-Canadians who are out of the country are forbidden to return.
-Foreign products, including food and clothing, are banned.
-Foreign books, newspapers, and magazines, as well as foreign radio and television programs are banned.
-Canadians can no longer use any electronic devices (including phone, fax, or internet) to communicate with anyone outside of Canada.
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An isolationist society is one that is narrow, impoverished, and doomed to fail. When we exclude others, we exclude new ideas, which leads to stagnation in all ways, for example, politically, technologically, and artistically. Furthermore, no nation has sufficient natural resources to sustain itself or to benefit from the efficiencies of trade with other nations. An isolationist society promotes a form of selfishness and paranoia that does not suit human beings on an individual, familial, community, or national level. Once isolationism is a national aim, it inevitably leads to a loss of freedom for the nation, including freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and freedom of the press. An isolationist society is a repressive one. Also, an isolationist society is likely to be intensely militaristic, since borders must be constantly defended. An excellent literary work that demonstrates the flaws of an isolationist society is The Giver, by Lois Lowry.
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