A New Year Means a New California Secession Movement 1

By Scott Shackford

Reason

Another movement to split up California is brewing. This one wants to create a state called “New California,” essentially by separating the red from the blue.

New California would be made up of the inland and non-metropolitan parts of the state (with the notable exception of San Diego). Classic California would consist of the coastal regions from San Francisco down to Los Angeles. A stubby finger pointing eastward from the Bay Area would lump Sacramento in with the coastal folks.

This new push is happening for pretty much the same reason as every other push for secession in California: People in one part of the state feel ignored, unrepresented, and abandoned by state government. From Sacramento’s CBS affiliate:

“Well, it’s been ungovernable for a long time. High taxes, education, you name it, and we’re rated around 48th or 50th from a business climate and standpoint in California,” said founder Robert Paul Preston….

“There’s something wrong when you have a rural county such as this one, and you go down to Orange County which is mostly urban, and it has the same set of problems, and it happens because of how the state is being governed and taxed,” Preston said.

New California would remain in the union; they just want their own state. It is not unlike the efforts in northern California to break away into a new state named Jefferson.

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One comment

  1. I am very much in favor of secession in the sense of favoring smaller, more localized governments (or even better, non-governments). But in the 15-20 years I heard people talking about this nothing has ever come of it. Liberals will get pissed off at a Republican administration and say they want the blue states to secede. Conservatives will get pissed off at a Democratic administration and say they want the red states to secede. Sometimes you have groups like this one that wish to secede from their larger state.

    But people generally dislike change, and aren’t going to seriously embrace anything particularly radical unless pushed against the wall. Conservatives are too attached to American nationalism and the military-industrial complex to favor breaking up the USA into smaller states. Liberals are too attached the idea of using central government to impose progressive values on everything else, the federal welfare state, and liberal internationalism as an ideal to favor political decentralization. Even Bernie Sanders was more interested in protecting military-related jobs in Vermont than in opposing war. Groups like Black Lives Matter often favor federalizing law enforcement as a means of ostensibly controlling local police. Even most libertarians would probably value the large free trade area of North America over political decentralization (except the Rothbardians, of course).

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