We need to set up avenues for peaceful and orderly secession.
The majority of Americans think we are heading to civil war. 71% of Trump supporters; 40% of Biden supporters.
In a country of over 300 million people, there are going to be disagreements. That’s expected.
And in the postmodern age, when basic rules of logic and norms of behavior are questioned and rejected, the disagreements become insurmountable. That’s unavoidable.
There will be two sides and civil war is a logical result. In that, you can put me with the Americans who expect civil war.
But there is a much better answer.
No side coercing the other side, no use of violence or threat of violence. You do your thing and I’ll do mine.
It’s easy, it really is. Most of live that way already. I see white trash spending their week’s wages on pot and tattoos, I experience a wave of disgust, then it passes: “their life,” I tell myself, “and besides, I got my own sins to deal with.” I move on and can even greet the tattooed fellow with a smile at the checkout line.
Very few people seek confrontation, but very few people willingly suffer violence or willingly be coerced under threat of violence.
Government by its nature forces confrontation because it exists and acts under threat of violence. That is not a disputable statement. It’s a naked fact. Government is natural, government is necessary, but for it to exist and work, it needs a measure of coercion at its command. This fact doesn’t make government bad, any more than the fact that commerce relies on the desire for money (love of which is the root of all evil) makes the market bad. They’re just naked facts.
But just as we should all take measure of our love of money and mitigate it, the government needs to take measure of its use of violence and mitigate it. .
And it simply hasn’t been doing that for over 100 years, especially the federal government.
And the most powerful it grows, the more violence it must use.
There’s a meme going around. I don’t know if it’s biologically accurate, but it goes like this:
If you catch 100 red fire ants as well as 100 large black ants, and put them in a jar, at first, nothing will happen. However, if you violently shake the jar and dump them back on the ground the ants will fight until they eventually kill each other. The thing is, the red ants think the black ants are the enemy and vice versa, when in reality, the real enemy is the person who shook the jar. This is exactly what’s happening in society today. Liberal vs. Conservative. Black vs. White. Pro Mask vs. Anti Mask. The real question we need to be asking ourselves is who’s shaking the jar … and why?
I don’t know the answer, and I wouldn’t be surprised if there are sinister (read: Soros-funded) forces shaking the jar.
But I’m more inclined to think the jar is just in a permanent state of shake arising from the power of the federal government. It’s humongous; it affects us at every turn; everything it does matters intensely, taking our tax dollars to do things we vehemently disagree with, whether it’s to fund abortions or maintain statues that celebrate white male patrimony.
The federal government is the jar. The federal politicians shake it, albeit with no evil intent. Merely by doing their job, they shake it and cause a ruckus.
We need to break the jar. It’s that simple.
We don’t need to shatter it and scatter it to the four winds. We just need to break it and let the ants go. They will re-form smaller units of government where there are fewer disagreements, possibly form alliances or treaties with the other units of government, creating a new whole or a couple of wholes.
I am talking secession. Just let states secede. Set up the procedure to allow it to happen peacefully, maybe with treaties and commerce norms in place ahead of time. The states can leave, regions can leave, state legislatures can negotiate with neighboring states.
Radical? Not really. Many folks thought the right of secession was understood from the beginning. The Civil War squashed that idea, but the viable concept of secessions is part of our legitimate political patrimony, so it can’t be called “radical.”
Quixotic? That, unfortunately, is closer to the truth, but we need to explore ways of making it happen. Nobody should want war.
Give peace a chance. Give secession a chance.