What Happens If We Come Apart?

The geographically non-contiguous fragmentations we see today might well be a prelude to something like Balaji Srinivasan’s concept of the “network state,” which itself is only a few steps removed from the “panarchic” concept of non-territorial governments of Paul Emile de Puydt, Gustave Molinari, Max Nettlau, and John Zube.

By Robert Reich, LA Progressive

rogressive states are becoming more progressive; regressive states, more regressive. As states move to the left or right, state legislatures are becoming more active and important, while what happens in Washington is growing less so.

1. As red states make it nearly impossible to get abortions, blue states are moving in the opposite direction — codifying the right to abortion and helping cover abortion expenses for out-of-staters. States like Illinois and Colorado vow to become “safe harbors” for women in surrounding states seeking to end their pregnancies.

2. As red states encourage fossil fuels, blue states have banded together to limit carbon emissions. Virginia and several northeast states are working under the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. In the West, California, Oregon, and Washington are pursuing a Pacific Coast Collaborative to coordinate clean fuel standards and move toward zero-emission cars.

3. As red states open the way for the carrying of concealed or unconcealed firearms with no permits, blue states are moving to ban assault weapons and “ghost” guns. The District of Columbia and eleven states, including Delaware and Rhode Island have banned some weapons and accessories like high-capacity magazines.

4. As red states move to bar gender transition therapies and require transgender students to use bathrooms and join sports teams that reflect their gender at birth, blue states are doing the opposite. They’re accommodating transgender young people, and declaring their states refuges for transgender youth and their families. California’s legislature is considering a bill that would void any subpoena seeking information about people traveling to the state for transition therapies.


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