Maybe It’s Time for America to Split Up 1

Whenever a Republican president is in office, I see articles like this coming from the liberal side, and when a Democrat is in office, I see similar articles coming from conservatives. But these ideas never seem to gain any traction. Too many on the right are attached to nationalism (“USA! USA!”) and imperialism (what is euphemistically called “a strong national defense”). Too many on the left are attached to the idea of a global social democracy and “human rights imperialism,” or simply paralyzed by fear of the idea that some backwoods counties might do something un-progressive.

Sasha Issenberg

New York Mag

The year is 2019. California’s new governor, Gavin Newsom, recently elected on a platform that included support for the creation of a single-payer health-care system, now must figure out how to enact it. A prior nonpartisan analysis priced it at $400 billion per year — twice the state’s current budget. There appears to be no way to finance such a plan without staggering new taxes, making California a magnet for those with chronic illnesses just as its tax rates send younger, healthier Californians house-hunting in Nevada and big tech employers consider leaving the state.

But Newsom is not alone. Other governors have made similar promises, and Newsom calls together the executives of the most ideologically like-minded states — Oregon, Washington, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maryland. What if they banded to create a sole unified single-payer health-care system, spreading risk around a much larger pool of potential patients while creating uniformity across some of the country’s wealthiest states?

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  1. “America” is already split up into the diverse countries of North America and South America and into their diverse populations, political parties and xyz other movements. – As for the title “The Failure of Anarchism”: For it to fail, it has to be realised first of all, anywhere. Moreover, since when is only one kind of anarchism advocated by some of the diverse different kinds of Anarchism? Most of them have concentrated only on the abolition of territorial States and have ignored the alternatives of non-territorial statism, societies and communities, all under full non-territorial autonomy for their diverse volunteers and in peaceful coexistence and free competition with each other, all only in network form, all trying to successful practice their kinds of ideals among themselves and this tolerantly, i.e. only at their own expense and risk?

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