A Progressive Case for Secession

While the Nation article is filled with lies, half-truths, and unverifiable hearsay, a case made for the break-up of the Union is surely a good thing:

On January 6, an armed mob sought to overturn an election and install a president who had lost the popular vote. But this was just a violent version of the pervasive constitutional embedment of minority rule in our country. The Confederate flags waved during the Capitol Hill riot followed planning for the insurrection in a Facebook group called Red-State Secession, amid a wave of demands for secession by red-state leaders and conservative commentators.

It is blue states, however, that have the real case for secession, because American politics systematically tilts money and power to smaller and more conservative states, undermining the interests of the majority of the population.

Progressives are ever disingenuous, however, and they are not States’ Righters by any stretch of the imagination:

Abolishing the Electoral College is far more straightforward. States representing a majority of the electoral votes can do so through the National Popular Vote compact, an agreement to have their delegates vote for the winner of the popular vote nationwide—and states representing 196 electoral votes have already committed to doing so. The threat from strong secession campaigns would be a powerful added incentive to get the last few states to approve the NPV compact and ensure that every vote matters to anyone running for president.

Their centralising tendencies are shown, for even in wishing to promote more local control they offer an alternative path whereby local control would be abolished. Their foreign policy is just as aggressive:

A blue-state secession would also bypass the neo-Confederate drag on US foreign policy, which has pushed for disengagement from international agreements fighting global inequality and climate change. Like Scotland’s independence movement in the United Kingdom, whose goal is not a narrow nationalism but to become part of a greater unity with the European Union, blue-state secession would be an escape from narrow American nationalism in favor of greater global alliances, which would benefit red-state residents as well by strengthening solutions to global problems.

While ultimately concluding that the threat of secession is more important than secession itself, as it could scare dissenting voices into submission, that the idea of secession has been floated at all is a win for Constitutionalists, Southerners, Paleoconservatives, Libertarians, and anyone else with an iota of common sense.

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