The American Dream of Secession

By Nicky Reid aka Comrade Hermit

Exile in Happy Valley

Do you smell that, dearest motherfuckers? Secession is in the air and not just among freaky anarchists like me. From coast to coast, from border to border, Americans of all stripes, shades and sizes are openly discussing and considering the possibility of a national divorce. A recent poll by the pearl clutching neolibs over at Bright Line Watch and YouGov found support for some form of regional secession at 37%, up from 29% since January alone. That means that roughly a third of Americans are at least hypothetically prepared to call it quits on this gigantic death trap of a nation.

While the numbers are highest where you’d expect them, with 66% of Southerners, including 50% of Southern Republicans, ready to see the South rise again after the mythic Big Steal, the national numbers suggest something way bigger than post-electoral partisan animosity. The second highest numbers in support of breaking up were found on the progressive Pacific Coast, with 39%, including 47% of supposedly happy Democrats. Another recent poll by Reuters found shockingly similar numbers. I think it’s finally happening. People are beginning to recognize that we live on a continental sinking ship and, in rapidly growing numbers, they’re ready to get off. As far as I’m concerned, it couldn’t happen soon enough.

A nation divided needn’t be a bad thing, especially when that nation is a colossal murder machine feasting on the planet’s resources and the corpses of the very poor. America was born an empire. It began as a European colonial experiment and rapidly grew into a slave trading, genocidal Frankenstein. Why the fuck are we trying to save this thing? Any of us? There was never a benevolent American Empire. The idea that somehow, through some kind of progressive social therapy, we can reform this beast into anything that’s not an existential threat to humanity is a fanciful farce. There is a reason America has never not been at war since the time of its inception and that’s because war is all it is. The entire country was taken by force and all 50 states have only been united in waging endless war against the rest of the planet since they were old enough to pick up a smart bomb. The idea of avoiding the Balkanization of this infernal project because it could lead to violence would be laughable if it wasn’t so goddamn offensive. Any internal squabble will pale in comparison to what we do to the third world every day, let alone what the neocons have planned for a final showdown with Eurasia.

With that being said, I still honestly believe that there is still room for this nation to break up peacefully. With the aforementioned 50 states already in place, it could begin as simply as dissolving the Federal Government and letting everyone go their own way. Some states will cling together and form larger regional unions while other like the massive California and the culturally diverse Oregon will likely break into even smaller polities. Secession really does have something for everyone.


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    • I’m waiting as well.

      But, seriously, the dynamics of this have changed a good bit over time. When I first started ATS 20 years ago, nearly all constituents for the pan-secessionist idea were, in the words of one of our critics, “a wide variety of rightist currents such as white nationalists, Patriot/militia groups, Christian rightists, and National-Anarchists — and even some left-wing anarchists, liberal bioregionalists/environmentalists, and nationalist people of color groups.”

      However, over time public sympathy for pan-secessionism as a concept has grown to the point where, if polls are at all accurate, nearly 2 in 5 Americans is at least casually sympathetic to the pan-secessionist ideas. Nowadays, pan-secessionists are just as likely to be Democrats, Republicans, and Independents as members of “extremist” subcultures.

      The focus at present should be to get the numbers up from the present 37% to a popular majority and then super-majority (like gay rights or weed legalization in the past, only with more far-reaching implications), while popularizing models of pan-secession that are both peaceful (like Norway’s separation from Sweden) and adequate in terms of accommodating the full range of interests that are involved and minimizing conflict. Breaking up the US into multiple versions of the current system is not adequate. Mere state sovereignty is better but still incapable of effectively addressing conflicts that are localized rather than regional. The proliferation of city-states, micronations, intentional communities, private cities, eco-villages, and autonomous zones is better, whether these are fully independent or confederated in some way.

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