8 WALLS THAT WORKED: Some History For The Globalists

It’s time to debunk another of the left’s (and globalists’) memes in the 2016 election season.  That would be the idea that walls don’t work.  Defensive walls that is.  As in the sorts to keep out marauders and the enemy.

Well…minor problem…see all the walls as described below were specifically designed to not just keep people INSIDE a specific area, but to keep invaders OUT.  What’s more, they were successful.  If they weren’t, the practice would not have been kept up for well over 2,000 years on every continent and employed by every empire.


The Great Wall of China

The most famous of the defensive walls in the world, the Great Wall of China snakes roughly in a circle, although mostly from east to west, around what is traditional China.  It was built as a fortification against invasion from the nomadic tribes of the north.  From Wikipedia:

Several walls were being built as early as the 7th century bce;[2]these, later joined together and made bigger and stronger, are now collectively referred to as the Great Wall.[3] Especially famous is the wall built 220–206 bce by Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. Little of that wall remains. Since then, the Great Wall has on and off been rebuilt, maintained, and enhanced; the majority of the existing wall is from the Ming Dynasty.

The Great Wall has also been used as a trade route and a road, but it’s most frequent purpose has been that of a border control and protection for the people.


The Walls of Rome

The wall pictured is one of the Aurelian Walls, a series of walls built around the outside of the city as it spread from the original walls built hundreds of years earlier.  Just like all other walls built in the ancient period, the Roman walls were built more to keep enemies out than anything else.  Rome, just like every other major ancient city, was a target for raiding.  Rome was also usually at war with other powers in the Mediterranean Region, thus making protection a reality that could not be ignored.

A good percentage of the original Roman walls do exist, and one of the original city gates still exists.  The walls of Rome are even immortalized in the titles of two churches in the city.  The Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls (Catholic, where legend has it St. Paul is buried), and St. Paul Within the Walls (Episcopalian).

Hadrian's wall

Hadrian’s Wall

Probably the most famous of the various walls built by the Roman Empire, Hadrian’s Wall snakes across southern Scotland and northern England.  At the time it was constructed, Hadrian’s wall signified the edge of the frontier of the Roman Empire…and a way to keep those blood-thirsty Scots in the Highlands.  The stone wall runs the width of the main British Isle (coast to coast).  It was started in 122 A.D. during the reign of Roman Emperor Hadrian hence the name.  There were turret style fortifications about every five Roman miles for housing troops and the like.  Just like the walls already listed, most of Hadrian’s wall was high and not scalable without equipment.  In the 21st century, Hadrian’s wall is a popular walk for people who like to hike and backpack.



Anyone who has traveled to Europe for any length of time has encountered cities that became prosperous in the Middle Ages.  One of the reasons for this were the walls that surrounded the city.  The wall pictured above is in Germany.  It is the city wall of Rothenburg, one of the most well-preserved Medieval towns on the continent.  While touring there, our guide told us of the wall and of the fines one incurred if the gates had to be opened to admit people after hours.  (They were exorbitant.) The reason being were the tribes of marauders and raiders roaming the countryside.  (We’ve heard this theme before.)  They tended to work under the cover of darkness and were quite violent.

Other cities known for their walls (I’ve walked through a lot of these) include Siena, Sevilla, Toledo, Pisa, Canterbury, Vienna (more on this later)…okay, just about all of Europe.  Not all of the walls exist any longer after so much war, particularly in the larger capitols, but in the smaller places, the cities still have their walls.  The blokes of Top Gear even featured this writer’s favorite city wall, Lucca in Tuscany, in an episode when they drove through the city park that runs along the top of the wall.  (Yes, it’s that wide, and anyone can walk it.)  The wall is fifty feet high, and the views are spectacular.


Gates of Vienna

As the header from the website GatesofVienna.net describes, in 1683, one of the most symbolic battles of the push against the Turks (or the Ottoman Empire, or Islam, call it what you want) took place.  The battle raged for months as the Ottomans tried to overrun and sack the city.  The combined forces of a number of countries were successful in defending the city – thanks to its walls.  The Christian nations also used this victory as an inspiration to defeat the Ottomans in other locations for years.  (Please note that this battle was centuries AFTER the Crusades, and when the English, Dutch, French and Spanish were busy with their colonies in the Americas.)


Wall Street Palisade

Ever wonder how Wall Street got its name?  Back in the mid-1600s, when the Dutch still owned the Island of Manhattan, the colonists needed a way to defend their settlement from the people we now know as Native Americans.  So, on the outer boundary of New Amsterdam, as the Big Apple was known then, the Dutch built a defensive palisade of mostly logs.  After a while, a road developed in front of the Palisade and the people called the way “Wall Street.”  In 1699, the wall was dismantled to use the logs for building and firewood, but the name of the defensive measure remained – and the very globalists who tell us that walls don’t work partially reinforce their power on the very street named for the reality they deny.


Folsom State Prison in California

It might seem odd in a list of walls built to keep people out to include one example of a wall built to keep people in, but such is the case in the older American prisons.  They were built as fortresses with huge stone walls for everyone’s safety.  Unlike our friends and ancestors in Europe and Asia, this is also the only real sort of wall Americans know for defensive purposes.  Our cities do not have walls.  Not anymore.  Perhaps this is where the American resistance to a wall on the southern border generates.  Folsom was not the first prison to have a wall, and God knows it is and will not be the last, but that wall was built the old-fashioned way – with stone – and still stands thanks to the work of the prisoners who built it.  Escaping Folsom ain’t easy, and usually results in capture.


Berlin Wall

Anyone born prior to 1985 should remember this wall.  It was built in 1961 by the communists running the eastern sector of the City of Berlin.  The wall itself was concrete and steel, and was covered with graffiti by the time it came down.  It completely cut off West Berlin, which was still a free territory at the time, from East Germany.  It was built as much to contain the west as it was to “protect” the people of the east.  The wall itself symbolized the fight over who were the real fascists – NATO or the Soviet Bloc of socialist countries.

In November 1989, once the Soviet Bloc started to crumble, the people of Berlin made it clear that the wall was no longer desired.  One spectacular evening, a doorway was opened and the people crossed from one side to the other for the first time in 28 years, and for all intents and purposes, the 20th century Cold War was over.

Lessons from the walls that DIDN’T work:

Trojan Wall – as immortalized by the Greek mythology, the people of Troy opened the gate and let the enemy in.  They were disguised as something else, but the enemy still destroyed the place after being invited in.

Maginot Line – in the 1930s, with war in Europe looming on the horizon, the French built a defensive series of walls/armed invasion-proof installations now known as the Maginot Line.  The main problem came in that the line itself that was to protect France from invasion was not built all the way to the English Channel so as to not offend the Belgians who were neutral in the conflict.  So, the Germans went around it, and took the country anyway.

2016 Security Fence, Democratic National Convention – when it was time for the “walls don’t work” people to officially nominate Hillary Clinton as the Democratic Party’s candidate for president, the Secret Service decided to set up a perimeter around the venue where the convention was taking place with an eight foot high chain link fence.  Not sheer drops with stone, brick, or more easy to destroy concrete, but cheap, easy to grip with hands and feet mesh fencing that has no barbs or razor wire.  The results:


Walls That Work

History, real history going back to Ancient eras, tells us that walls work great when they are built right and fortified.  That means high, thick, and built of more than a layer of concrete or metal.  That also means armed patrols of some sort.  The most successful walls from that time still stand.  So do walls of the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and other empires that no longer exist.

That being the case, we must ask why the aversion to building a wall on the southern border of the United States?  It has to be more than just not wanting to spend the money.  And claiming that walls don’t work is easily debunked.  Someone, somewhere wants the United States vulnerable to attack and invasion from the south (and the north, actually).  We the people really don’t want that.  We want the wall, because walls do work.

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Cultural Limits
A resident of Flyover Country, Cultural Limits is a rare creature in American Conservatism - committed to not just small government, Christianity and traditional social roles, but non-profits and high arts and culture. Watching politics, observing human behavior and writing are all long-time interests. In her other life, CL writes romance novels under her nom de plume, Patricia Holden (@PatriciaHoldenAuthor on Facebook), and crochets like a mad woman (designs can be found on Facebook @BohemianFlairCrochet and on Pinterest on the Bohemian Flair Crochet board). In religion, CL is Catholic; in work, the jill of all trades when it comes to fundraising software manipulation and event planning; in play, a classically trained soprano and proud citizen of Cardinal Nation, although, during hockey season, Bleeds Blue. She lives in the Mid-Mississippi River Valley with family and two cute and charming tyrants...make that toy dogs.