In his 1981 book, The Nine Nations of North America, Joel Garreau argues that, because of the vast differences between several parts of North America, the many national borders are irrelevant, and, that indeed, the United States and Canada are not just two nations, but nine nations. In its time, the book was hailed as a classic text on the current regionalization of North America” by American intellectuals.
Garreau’s idea that borders are essentially artificial must be taken in the proper context; they are not to be used in a sentimental sense which would make them easily appropriated by people who advocate massive immigration between nations. Quite the contrary, Garreau’s idea establishes the opposite: that in defiance of the widely-accepted idea of huge superstates encompassing many different peoples, a smaller and localized nationalism, maintaining the local character of the people is needed.
Indeed, the borders of the United States and Canada are artificial, with even less historical justification than Russia’s dominion over Siberia or China’s over its various regions. In the case of the latter, Russia permits certain areas to form autonomous republics, many of which have the limited right of nullification, or the right to enact legislation at odds with the federal constitution. China allows some autonomy in its outer regions by designating them as “autonomous regions”. The United States was formed by the westward expansion of the Federal Government, incorporating land formerly belonging to the Red Indians into the newly-formed nation. The American system also differs considerably, with a bloated federal government which maintains a “one-size-fits-all” outlook on their authority. In reality, then, the “United States” is just that: 50 sovereign states in a union and that union can dissolve just like the Soviet Union did.
Perhaps, the nature of the Americans, as noted by Francis Galton, is nearly a recipe in itself for disaster when combined with a tyrannical but incompetent government. As Galton once said:
The North American people has been bred from the most restless and combative class of Europe. Whenever…a political or religious party has suffered defeat, its prominent members, whether they were the best, or only the noisiest, have been apt to emigrate to America…Every scheming knave, and every brutal ruffian, who feared the arm of the law, also turned his eyes in the same direction. Peasants and artisans, whose spirit rebelled against the tyranny of society and the monotony of their daily life, and men of a higher position, who chafed under conventional restraints, all yearned towards America. Thus the dispositions of the parents of the American people have been exceedingly varied, and usually extreme, but in one respect they almost universally agreed…They are enterprising, defiant, and touchy; impatient of authority; furious politicians; very tolerant of fraud and violence; possessing much high and generous spirit, and some true religious feeling, but strongly addicted to cant.
One of the major possibilities for the breakup is the ever-widening political divides between Americans. A few Americans are opposed to the current Obama regime and favor limited government intervention in property rights, some Americans favor the status quo of continued wars and interventions which have gone on since the end of the Second World War, while yet others wish to use the current conditions to pass and uphold every sort of socialist legislation such as hate speech laws, gun laws, immigration laws, socialized medicine, social activism and secular humanism agendas in schools. Such people also want to expand the authority of welfare state and turn it into a Freudo-Marxist secular regime, while increasing big brother/nanny state police powers and many other laws and regulations that subvert individual freedoms given under the Constitution of the United States.
The American economy is not in good shape. In a society which is materialistic and in which people demand their bread and circuses, this translates into a decreasing trust in the American government’s abilities. Reckless deficit spending has caused our federal government to amass a fourteen trillion dollar debt. The American dollar has lost its value significantly in recent decades, fallen by 1000% since 1950. In other words, goods which cost $10 to purchase in 1950 cost $1000 today. With such crippling debt, excessive spending on wars and entitlement programs, the American economy cannot be sustained. Those who depend on the government dole for their bread will also revolt against the government.
At some point in the not too distant future I surmise that a significant segment of the population will rebel against this government. Another crack in the American dam is noted by Toynbee, the noted British historian, who noted that:
First the Dominant Minority attempts to hold by force – against all right and reason – a position of inherited privilege which it has ceased to merit; and then the Proletariat repays injustice with resentment, fear with hate, and violence with violence when it executes its acts of secession. Yet the whole movement ends in positive acts of creation – and this on the part of all the actors in the tragedy of disintegration. The Dominant Minority creates a universal state, the Internal Proletariat a universal church, and the External Proletariat a bevy of barbarian war-bands.
There exist today in America, in fact, many dominant minorities who are willingly subverting the interests of the United States for their own purposes. Certainly, America is also fracturing along racial lines. Even under the Obama regime, people of different ethnic groups are finding it difficult to co-exist, as evidenced by the rampant crime in American cities. Latinos have come to dominate the American Southwest and display more loyalty to their Hispanic brethern across the border then they do to the United States. Native Americans, perhaps the biggest victims of the Federal Government, also have a compelling case for secession, as does the former Confederacy. The Catholic Knight points out that secessionist movements have already cropped up around the country.
What would a hypothetical re-drawn map of America look like? On one extreme, it could resemble Europe during the Dark Ages: a vast continent composed of many small states and fiefdoms. As the Union collapses, and states secede, different nations might arise, citing commonalities in their regional lifestyles. For instance, the former Confederacy might form a single nation, while some West Coast states form another. Some Canadian provinces might join with former U.S. states, but Quebec will certainly become its own nation. The entire Southwest might be absorbed into Mexico, or certain Northern Mexican states may secede from Mexico and join the largely Hispanic Southwest. Indian nations might also secede. There is no telling how many nations America may be broken up into, and it is certainly possible that Garreau was rather kind in making his predictions.
Those who are unlucky enough to witness this collapse will have to weather the initial storm of violence and social unrest before more stable and localized societies are formed. Such an event may take a few generations. Eventually, an equilibrium might be established, or these newly formed states could degenerate further into violent conflict. If future generations are fortunate, a few centuries of peace and prosperity may arise out of these smaller nations, forcing people to return to a smaller ecological niche. Unfortunately, history has been shown to be cyclical and not linear, and perhaps one day in the future, a new Union of North American states will be formed at the great expense of the people living there, thus initiating the cycle once more.