Grey Tribe becomes a de facto political majority + Support for secession becomes a de facto majority=We Win!!
This is the most up to date data on secessionist sympathy I can find, and it looks like secessionist sympathy is up by a few percentage point. My guess is that secessionist sympathy is highest in the Southwest due to the prevalent of “reconquista” sentiments among Hispanics. Here’s hoping the folk in D.C. keeping screwing up and fueling secessionist sympathies.
Things are now moving along a lot faster than I would have ever thought.
Nearly one out of four Americans is so fed up with Washington that they are prepared to not take it any more and would favor their state breaking away from the rest of the United States.
According to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released Friday, 23.9% of Americans polled from Aug. 23 through Sept. 16 said they strongly supported or tended to support the idea of their state breaking away from the country. About 53% of the 8,952 respondents strongly opposed or tended to oppose secession, slightly less than the percentage that kept Scotland in the United Kingdom.
I’d like to see those southwestern states secede, and then ask for our help with Mexico. Bye-bye. I’d also like to see Texas secede, and then we could build a fence on the Oklahoma border.
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Support for secession cuts across many lines, the poll found, but the West and Southwest, where the vision of rugged individualism still draws praise, seemed more inclined to back separation than the staid New England area. Younger and poorer folks were more likely to want to run for the exit.
Politically, conservatives and Republicans seem to like the idea of leaving more than Democrats. Among people who said they identified with the tea party, supporters of secession were actually in the majority, with 53%.
Before you start thinking about flipping around the nation’s motto from E pluribus unum to E unum pluribus, consider that the United States has long been a country having to cope with sectional, emotional, economic, racial and gender splits.
Hostilities between the North and South grated even as everyone was fighting the British, culminated in the Civil War, and, some would argue, continue to simmer. The expansion westward meant expanding the range of disputes between a frontier and the folks back on the East Coast.
The exact wording of the question was, “Do you support or oppose the idea of your state peacefully withdrawing from the United States of America and the federal government?”
Of course, this means that three-fourths of all Americans reject secession.
True. But six years ago 82% rejected secession, and 20 years ago it was unthinkable.
The winds are starting to blow our way. The system has made the mistake of bankrupting the economy, losing two wars, and allowing state repression to grow to the point that it’s spilled over into the mainstream.
Consequently, the system is starting to lose legitimacy. All institutions have a negative approval rating. Opposition movements of all kinds are starting to grown, left and right, center and fringe. Public opinion is gradually turning against some of the worst excesses of the state like the police state, war on drugs, prison-industrial complex, and military imperialism. Support for secession continues to slowly increase as well.
All we need is for these trends to continue. That will likely happen due to growing poverty, widening class divisions, and increased cultural diversification which makes the maintenance of a unified state much more difficult.
A “grey tribe” with an anti-state outlook is now growing as well.
Anarchists of all kinds, where are you? Your time in the sun is on the horizon.