Awakening the Sleeping Giant 9

Public opinion polls consistently indicate that roughly 1 in 4 Americans, approximately 75-80 million people, are currently sympathetic to secession by their locality or region. The obvious implication of this for those of us who are advocates of pan-secessionism is that we do not need to go out and start converting people to the cause of secession. In other words, the most difficult part of our work has already been done, i.e. influencing public opinion in our direction. No, we are not yet a majority but twenty-five percent is fine for the time being.

Instead, at this phase in the struggle our task is to simply awaken those who are already in our camp in terms of emotional or intellectual sympathies, and motivate them to take action. Of course, the big question is the matter of how to go about doing this.

The first step is to remove the feeling of isolation many of our sympathizers or potential sympathizers may be experiencing. Maybe they’re hesitant to come out publicly as a secessionist, or maybe they feel like they don’t know anyone else who is a secessionist (although, statistically speaking, they probably do).  The way to do this is to simply expand the public visibility of secessionists so that others will not feel they are alone, or that there’s something weird about them, because of their sympathy with the secessionist cause.

An important part of this first step towards expanding our visibility would be to flood the internet with our presence. There needs to be as many websites, blogs, social media pages, podcasts, youtube accounts, and videocasts as possible that are oriented towards the idea of secession. Further, the many websites and other forms of online media that are oriented towards secession should target particular demographics in terms of both localities and population groups. There should be online media oriented towards elderly Republicans explaining the virtue of secession in terms and within the context of issues that they can understand. There should be the same for Californians, African-Americans, environmentalists, Floridians, gun owners, evangelical Christians, Cascadians, and Spanish-speakers.

The next step is to move the secessionist movement offline and into public forums. This can be done both by holding local “town meeting”-like forums for the purpose of discussing secessionist ideas, and by holding national or regional conferences on secession. These should be open forums that the press is invited to attend. In fact, the organizers of these events should go out of their way to get as much press coverage as possible.

The third step would be to run symbolic candidates in local and regional elections on specifically secessionist platforms. This could be done by many different kinds of candidates, reflecting a wide spectrum of political tendencies, on a simultaneous basis. The individual candidates should then make a point of recognizing and endorsing each others’ campaigns.

As the secession movement grows, its opponents will become ever more vocal. These will include representatives of the federal government, conventional state and local governments, the media, “watchdog” organizations, independent critics, and many others. The louder the voice of the opposition becomes the more we will know that we are gaining traction. The enemy will consistently respond with a barrage of lies, slander, and hysteria. This is to be expected and a necessary part of the struggle. However, the important issue at this juncture will be for the secessionists to take control of the discourse. It will not be the role of the secessionists to offer apologizes, rebuttals, refutations, qualifications, or denials concerning any accusations the enemies of secession may have raised. Instead, the consistent and resolute attitude and demeanor of the secessionists should simply be “We do what we do.” If the secessionist movement does not generate severe public controversy, then we are not doing it right. The ultimate goal is political polarization leading to dissolution and then revolution. Obviously, this cannot be done without ruffling quite a few feathers along the way.

9 comments

  1. Hey Keith,
    – Interesting base plan. I see you advocate that Blacks gather as a racial group in their own best interests, but not Whites… specifically. Do you think the Pro White Community would benefit by seeking local political support for Pro White interests and issues?

  2. The groups I mentioned were just intended as an illustration of my wider point. But the general principles I outlined above would apply to any kind of political interest group: “pro-whites” or pro or anti anything else.

  3. It is important to remember that secession is merely about secession. The end purpose of secession will vary tremendously from group to group. Some will have polar opposite views from others, and their demographics will vary wildly as well.

    For instance, I think that in the wider pan-secession milieu there will be more younger people than older, more less formally educated than the highly educated, and more people from the lower and lower middle socioeconomic strata than the upper and upper middle. But that doesn’t mean there will not also be plenty of older, educated, or affluent people in secession movements as well. There will likely be a disproportionately high number of “right-wingers” in the secession movement, for obvious reasons. But there will also likely be a disproportionately high number of minorities. Again, for obvious reasons. There will be Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, independents, moderates, socialists, anarchists, Greens, etc.

  4. Yes.

    http://www.informationliberation.com/test.php?id=25660

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/09/19/us-usa-secession-exclusive-idUSKBN0HE19U20140919

    The demographic breakdown consistently indicates what I said above. Secession is normally the most popular with younger people, lower socioeconomic levels, and lower education levels. Politically, secessionist opinion trends right or left depending on whether or not Democrats or Republicans control the presidency.

    However, far right wingers are consistently higher than average in supporting secession as are minorities.

  5. I have family in South Carolina and I live in Oregon, will secession effect air traval? What if one of the in-between states becomes hostle? You need to address some of these practical issues. Is hegemony beneficial for peace? I never saw a website like this before Obama, does that mean he’s sympathetic to secession? He was a community organizer, that’s kind of like a secessionist. I could think of worse things for democrats and republicans, maybe the elite are cool with it. You’re right I don’t know any one that wants to keep fighting Russia, even to liberate lbgq’s and I gauss they found out that every one one the internet is at least a little worse then we would like people to believe, so there’s that. Still I’m sure I’m not alone in wanting human trafficking to end, can secession help end human trafficking? I bet lots of people see things on the internet they wish weren’t real, and would like to do something about it, but feel powerless in one way or another, isn’t secession partially about feeling empowered to keep your loved ones safe in your location? There’s so much fear in this contrary, it’s hard to imagine a referendum in this contrary the way they had in Scotland. I understand that they didn’t go for it this time, it’s a big decision, with lost of unknown implications, but secession, even peaceful secession isn’t new, and it will happen in the future, the only questions are when and who. Crumbling is a good metaphor, as more experiments is a good protocol, which almost every one understands. People will soon realize that imperialism means higher prices and more over head and more angry neighbors, but does that mean secession is the answer? Sovereign countries collaborate in operation even if their sovereign. It’s weird that more people don’t realize that imperialism means higher prices, it’s like they think that oppression actually helps any one.

  6. “I have family in South Carolina and I live in Oregon, will secession effect air traval? What if one of the in-between states becomes hostle? You need to address some of these practical issues.”

    I’ve noticed a tendency among many people to make secession more complicated than it actually is. All we’re talking about doing with regards to pan-secession is simply developing a public consensus towards dissolving the USA, Canada, and Mexico into a collection of smaller micro-nations and city-states. How do the smaller countries deal with these kinds of issues today? Take a look at this list of the world’s nations according to size: http://www.nationsonline.org/oneworld/countries_by_area.htm

    The bottom 100 or so nations and territories are representative of what pan-secession in North America would be in practice. Are all of the world’s smaller nations constantly at war with each other? Of course not. They’re usually more peaceful than the larger countries. While it’s possible that some of the new seceded territories could go to war with each other, I don’t think this would be the norm, and if it happened it would be geographically contained.

    “I never saw a website like this before Obama, does that mean he’s sympathetic to secession? He was a community organizer, that’s kind of like a secessionist.”

    I am quite certain that Barack Obama is not in favor of secession of any kind.

    “I could think of worse things for democrats and republicans, maybe the elite are cool with it.”

    Rank and file Democrats and Republicans would benefit greatly from pan-secession because they would finally be free of each other. However, I am quite certain that the elite are not cool with it.

    “You’re right I don’t know any one that wants to keep fighting Russia, even to liberate lbgq’s and I gauss they found out that every one one the internet is at least a little worse then we would like people to believe, so there’s that.”

    The fact that the United States has become a regime that is perpetually at war is a primary reason to favor ending that regime by means of pan-secession.

    “Still I’m sure I’m not alone in wanting human trafficking to end, can secession help end human trafficking?”

    Two things: first, pan-secession is about overthrowing the US empire, not correcting everything that is wrong with the world. Second, pan-secession is not an “end of history” scheme. After pan-secession, there would still be anti-human trafficking activists, pro-life and pro-choice activists, gay rights and anti-racist activists, labor organizers and tax protestors, etc.

    “I bet lots of people see things on the internet they wish weren’t real, and would like to do something about it, but feel powerless in one way or another, isn’t secession partially about feeling empowered to keep your loved ones safe in your location?”

    Individuals and groups can have their own preferred reasons for pan-secession. I know people for example who are interested in our ideas for reasons of animal rights and environmentalism, and who think the creation of environmental and animal preserves would be easier in a decentralized system. I know people who think the interests of their ethnic community (e.g. blacks in the inner-cities, rural whites, Hispanics on the border, Native peoples on reservations) would be better served with pan-secession. There are conservative Christians, members of unconventional religious sects, libertarians, anarchists, and people from many other communities who feel the same way. I know a fellow who wants to form a Marxist secession movement in Illinois and call it the North Star Republic.

    My motivation is that of a traditional anarchist. I’m for overthrowing the US empire by dissolving the federal system and its military-industrial complex, and overseas interventions. I’m for overthrowing the federal government that props of the U.S, corporate system and is the tool of the transnational banking cartels. I’m for abolishing the federal police state and its funding for the localized branches of the police state. I am for anarchists, libertarians, and decentralists of all kinds forming communities for themselves, and I recognize we will have to share space with other kinds of communities.

    “There’s so much fear in this contrary, it’s hard to imagine a referendum in this contrary the way they had in Scotland. I understand that they didn’t go for it this time, it’s a big decision, with lost of unknown implications, but secession, even peaceful secession isn’t new, and it will happen in the future, the only questions are when and who.”

    We need to work to building a popular consensus in the US for the dissolution of the federal system, and build a movement towards that end. This is no greater an obstacle than the movements for labor union rights, civil rights, gay rights, or marijuana legalization faced before us.

    The goal is to grow all anti-system movements, and the overarching strategic concept of pan-secession until these collectively become a majority and the basis of a society wide consensus.

  7. We already have a potential constituency of 80 million people in the USA at present. It’s not a matter of recruiting masses of converts to the secessionist cause. Instead, it’s simply a matter of motivating the intellectual and emotional sympathizers that we currently have to take action. What we need right now are leaders who will step forward from various political, religious, and ethnic communities and who will publicly take up the banner of pan-secession. Libertarianism was a growing movement before Ron Paul, but Ron Paul helped it to grow to a whole new level. We need for the Ron Pauls of pan-secession to start stepping forward.

    The leaders of pan-secession will likely come from all political groups; Democrats, Republicans, libertarians, independents, radical centrist, anarchists, socialists, etc. They will likely come from all ethnic, cultural, and religious groups as well. And then these secessionist tendencies will start bending towards each other, whatever their other differences.

  8. It’s also far more important to convert the average American to secession than it is to convert them to any kind of anarchism or libertarianism.

    I want all forms of anarchism, libertarianism and anti-state radicalism to grow and expand, and that includes humanitarian libertarianism, libertarian brutalism, agorism, left-libertarianism, bleeding heart libertarianism, social anarchism, primitivism, syndicalism, national-anarchism, paleolibertarianism, mutualism, etc. I want all forms of non-Leninist and non-social democratic forms of anti-capitalism to grow. I want all forms of single-issue libertarianism, and all forms of anti-imperialism to grow.

    But pan-secession is our way of connecting with folks who want out of the system for any reason, whether Republicans who hate Obamacare or antiwar leftists who are tired of perpetual war.

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