Political Confessional: The Man Who Thinks The U.S. Is Better Off As A Bunch Of Separate Countries 1

By Clare Malone

Five Thirty-Eight

This week we talked to Chris, a 35-year-old white man from rural Pennsylvania. Chris wrote in that he thought, “the U.S. should have a velvet divorce,” a reference to the peaceful dissolution of Czechoslovakia — now the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic — in 1993. Chris went on: “I live in heavy Trump country but know he’s an idiot, but even Trump haters wouldn’t agree to break up the U.S. And certain areas (the South, the Midwest) would be horrible for minorities and destroy the environment. But it’s obvious the U.S. has run its course.”

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

Clare Malone: Maybe you can start out by telling me how you came to think this?

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One comment

  1. It won’t be peaceful overall. Czechs and Slovaks had many similarities while the United States is completely fragmented and simply too diverse for ‘a peaceful divorce.’ If the U.S. dissolves as peacefully as the USSR, Americans will be quite fortunate.

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