On this St. Patrick's day, let us remember the powerful force of ostracism used so effectively by the Irish to keep their countrymen from cooperating with the British oppressors even when there was tremendous financial temptation to do so. Of course, this can't work everywhere though; there has to be some type of social homogeniety in a significant sector of the population. Forget New York City for example. But in the libertarian atmosphere of Columbus, NM, it could work. We could isolate the Border Patrol so effectively that no local people would work for them; no stores in Columbus nor Palomas sell to them; nobody in a 20-mile radius talk to them. The federal government would have to build out their compound to a totally self-contained town at considerable expense. Think about it over a Guinness or a good Irish whisky.

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