Would a Romney win prompt Cascadian secession? 3

The Northwest has a bit of a history of threatening secession. Would a win by Romney push us over the edge?

By Knute Berger

Crosscut

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Seth Stoll, Lake Washington

“If you want to leave a nation you think is corrupt, inefficient, militaristic, oppressive, repressive, but you don’t want to move to Canada or France, what do you do? Well, the way is through secession, where you could stay home and be where you want to be.”

— Kirkpatrick Sale, secessionist scholar and activist, New York Times, 2007

With a Romney bounce in the polls, now might be a good time to ask whether a Mitt win would give impetus to the Cascadia secession movement, for those Northwest Americans who don’t take up JetBlue’s offer of a free ticket out of the country.

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Secessionism in crisis-hit Europe: Belgian separatists advancing to independence Reply

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Belgian Flemish right-wing party (N-VA) president Bart De Wever celebrates on stage during Belgium′s local elections at Zuiderkroon theatre in Antwerp on October 14, 2012. (Reuters /  Yves Herman)
Belgian Flemish right-wing party (N-VA) president Bart De Wever celebrates on stage during Belgium’s local elections at Zuiderkroon theatre in Antwerp on October 14, 2012. (Reuters / Yves Herman)

Separatists in Belgium are looking to gain control of the wealthy port of Antwerp as early results suggest a Flemish nationalist leader is the city’s new mayor. It comes amid an intensifying trend of secessionism in crisis-hit Europe.

­With almost all the votes counted, Flemish Nationalist Party leader Bart De Wever is way ahead of his rival, Socialist Mayor Patrick Janssens.

“We want to give Flemings the government they want at all levels,” De Wever said as his advantage became evident. More…

The Fundamental Right of Secession Reply

By Jeffery Tucker

Laissez Faire Books

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What is the world’s smallest country? Monaco? Nope. Malta? Too big. Even Vatican City with a mere population of 770 is huge in comparison.

It’s called Sealand, founded and ruled by Paddy Roy Bates, a remarkable man who died this week at the age of 91. He was the original pirate radio operator and the Prince of Sealand, a tiny barge six miles out of the east side of Great Britain, outside the territorial waters of the UK.

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Life in FRONA Reply

I chose “Free Republic” to mean that…FIRST…we will be free. That comes before anything else. It is our first principle above all else. The government of FRONA will be organized to protect the individual liberty and property rights of every individual.

The “Republic” form of government in FRONA is not the old republic you know. It is a new form of governance. It is modeled after a corporation. The republic in the USA may have started out well-designed in the Constitution, but was bastardized over time to become unworkable and corrupt. The American republic is now dead. The New Corporate Model of Governance is vastly different than the US Constitution in one major way. Every person who becomes a citizen in FRONA has to sign a contract and pay a fee in pure silver. Every citizen is a shareholder in the national government. More…

Mass rally in Venice to call for independence from Italy Reply

Two centuries after Napoleonic forces snuffed out the 1,000-year Venetian Republic, Venetians are once again aspiring to become an independent state.

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Activists dream of carving out a new country in north-eastern Italy Photo: Alamy

By Nick Squires

The Telegraph

Inspired by the nationalist aspirations of Scotland and Catalonia, pro-independence campaigners will hold a mass rally in the heart of the lagoon city on Saturday, calling for an urgent referendum to be held on the issue.

Indipendenza Veneta, a newly-founded pro-independence movement, says it expects several thousand people to turn up for the rally.

They will be ferried across the Grand Canal in gondolas to deliver a “declaration of independence” to the headquarters of the Veneto regional government.

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The Ghost of Bertolt Brecht and the Balkanization of America 1

Bertolt Brecht’s name is now largely lost to history, but the idea expressed in the succinct question above remains as potent today as when he uttered it. Brecht, a self-made Marxist who was once investigated by the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) during the “Red Scare” era of the late 1940s and early 1950s, probably did not know a then-young Edward Kennedy or the other politicians who later devised the 1965 Immigration and Naturalization Act, and he did not live to see the eventual mass migration of immigrants, legal and illegal alike, into the U.S. after his death. We can only speculate on how Brecht would have viewed the rapidly-Balkanizing United States of the early 21st century, but it seems safe to conclude that the old Marxist would be astounded at its scope, scale and rapidity. More…

Secession and Foreign Policy Reply

By Russell D. Longcore

Dump DC

Watch the evening news, or your favorite cable/satellite news show, and you cannot miss stories about the foreign policy of the United States. Washington has been the single most destructive nation on the planet as it relates to having relationships with other nations. Not only does DC arbitrarily turn friends into enemies, but it causes other nations to go to war against each other.

You DO know why Washington does this, don’t you? It is not about spreading freedom and liberty far and wide. It’s not even about oil. It’s not about democracy, fighting communism, fighting Islam or supporting Israel.

It’s all about chaos.

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Bavarian Separatism and the Franconian Issue Reply

By Martin W. Lewis

Geo Currents

Bavarian separatism, a long-standing if still rather minor political movement, is finally getting some attention in the global media, thanks to the recent publication of Bayern kann es auch allein (or Bavaria Can Also Go It Alone), a book described by Canada’s Maclean’s as a191-page polemic covering a range of standard Bavarian complaints about the present German (and European) political order and a paean to the benefits and glories that await an unfettered Free State of Bavaria.” Framing the issue in Canadian terms, the Maclean’s article notes that Bavaria is a bit like a combination of Quebec and Alberta: culturally distinctive from the rest of the country (like Quebec), and also more prosperous and more conservative (like Alberta). The New York Times claims that “Bavarians, who have an independent streak akin to Texans in the United States, can handle marching orders ‘from Berlin or Brussels, but both together is too much…’” (quoting a local source).

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Pan-Secession, The Northwest Front, and Reactionary Patriotism Reply

White Nationalism remains in a state of disarray, comprised of a small group hell-bent on ramming a square peg into a round whole via reactionary cries of restoring that which is already dead. Despite the frenzied squealing of the disconcerted swarm that is more concerned with saving America/Canada than anything else, being unable or unwilling to think outside the box of collapsing industrial nation-states, there are a few secession alternatives provided to the reactionary politics of restoring America to some highly idealized, yet vaguely defined gilded age. One of the most well-known alternatives is the Northwest Front, and while Harold Covington certainly deserves credit for recognizing that America is a sinking ship beyond salvation and that the survival of continental White Europeans lies within lifeboats of secession, there are several flaws with a single-state secession strategy (NWF or otherwise) when compared to pan-secession. More…

Secession and Money Reply

By Russell D. Longcore

Dump DC

I have an acquaintance in the Patriot Movement name of Sam Kerodin. Sam has a website at www.iiipercent.blogspot.com Sam is hardcore, to say the least. I respect him and his efforts.

The name of his blog is derived from the Three Percent. Historians state that about three percent of Colonials took up arms and challenged King George in the Secession of 1776.

Recently, Sam and some friends have brainstormed a terrific idea to start a new firearms manufacturing company named III Arms. www.iiiarms.blogspot.com. They will begin manufacturing the 1911 pistols and battle rifles on the AR platform.

They have also taken a decided step toward secession, as they intend to create a liberty community in the New American Redoubt. They have chosen Idaho as their new home. The weapons manufacturing facility will be at the center of their new Galt’s Gulch-like planned community, named The Citadel.

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The New Hampshire Liberty Party Reply

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Keene, NH – On September 1, 2012 the NH Liberty Party held an organizational meeting. During this meeting the bylaws of the party were adopted. Included in the adopted bylaws is a five plank platform that can never be modified.

The NH Liberty Party supports secession for New Hampshire and believe individuals have the same right to declare themselves independent from any government. The NH Liberty Party Platform states the party’s support of individual rights, the principle of non-aggression and voluntary interaction. The Party also support repealing all laws that create “crimes” without a victim and believe “All peaceful prisoners should be released, so long as their ‘crime’ does not have a victim.”

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California secession effort still alive Reply

By Jeff Horseman

The Press-Enterprise

A movement to split California into two states continues more than a year after a Riverside County supervisor’s anger with Sacramento led him to propose secession.

Since Supervisor Jeff Stone first brought up secession in July 2011, he’s helped form a group to pursue the idea. That group, California Rebellion 2012, has a website, is getting ready to accept donations and is planning a rally for sometime next spring.

Stone proposed forming South California out of 13 existing counties right after state lawmakers voted to divert roughly $14 million in vehicle license fee revenue from four fledgling Riverside County cities: Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, Wildomar and Menifee.

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Spanish Military Threatens Treason As Catalonia Seeks Secession Referendum Reply

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“Do not play with the feelings of the Catalans” is the totally unveiled threat after Catalonia’s beggars-can-be-choosers demand for an unconditional bailout fell on deaf ears. The traditionally separatist-minded province has decided, according to ANSAmed, has decided to pull a Greece – and escalate with a move to secession. A resolution, on the right of the Catalan people to cut off ties with the Spanish state, will be voted on Thursday by the regional parliament.

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Radical Small Nation Self-Determination in a Chaotic Meganation World Reply

By Thomas Naylor

Second Vermont Republic

A Meganation World

Much to the chagrin of Washington and Tel Aviv, a recent meeting of the so-called Non-Aligned Movement, a group formed during the Cold War that views itself as independent of the major powers, sent a clear signal to the US-Israeli cabal that they are visibly annoyed at the United States and Israel for continuing to portray Iran as the world’s foremost scapegoat. The meeting which took place in Tehran on August 26-31 proved to be a public relations coup for Iran in spite of UN Secretary General and American pawn Ban Ki-moon’s attempt to hijack the meeting.

The NAM represents nearly two-thirds of the nations of the world, most of whom are small and poor. However, their membership does include four meganations which have populations in excess of 100 million – Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, and Nigeria.

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The Waning of the Modern Ages – Time to Abolish the American Dream Reply

By Morris Berman

Counterpunch

La longue durée —the long run—was an expression made popular by the Annales School of French historians led by Fernand Braudel, who coined the phrase in 1958. The basic argument of this school is that the proper concern of historians should be the analysis of structures that lie at the base of contemporary events. Underneath short-term events such as individual cycles of economic boom and bust, said Braudel, we can discern the persistence of “old attitudes of thought and action, resistant frameworks dying hard, at times against all logic.” An important derivative of the Annales research is the work of the World Systems Analysis school, including Immanuel Wallerstein and Christopher Chase-Dunn, which similarly focuses on long-term structures: capitalism, in particular.

The “arc” of capitalism, according to this school, is about 600 years long, from 1500 to 2100. It is our particular (mis)fortune to be living through the beginning of the end, the disintegration of capitalism as a world system. It was mostly commercial capital in the sixteenth century, evolving into industrial capital in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and then moving on to financial capital—money created by money itself, and by speculation in currency—in the twentieth and twenty-first. In dialectical fashion, it will be the very success of the system that eventually does it in.

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Turns Out Where You Live Really Does Shape Who You Are Reply

By Emily Badger

The Atlantic Cities

Turns Out Where You Live Really Does Shape Who You Are
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Mark Twain penned a famous line more than a century ago neatly distilling the distinct cultures of the three largest cities in the American Northeast. “In Boston,” he wrote, “they ask, ‘How much does he know?’ In New York, ‘How much is he worth?’ In Philadelphia, ‘Who were his parents?’”

Boston has been, since its earliest days, a city of higher education, New York a city of financial might, and Philadelphia a city of historical lineage. To this day – Twain wrote this in 1899 – much about his assessment still holds. We often joke about what these cultural legacies mean for ourselves (Chicagoans are so sensible, Angelenos so flaky, people in Salt Lake City so self-reliant). But it turns out there is in fact plenty of truth to the notion that the places where we live influence how we view the world and our role in it.

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Secessionist Movements Grow Across U.S. Reply

From: American Free Press

By Victor Thorn

With dissent higher in this country than it has been in decades, a number of secessionist groups are asking the question: Would certain states or territories be better off if they seceded from the union?

On August 16 AMERICAN FREE PRESS interviewed Thomas Naylor, the founder of the Second Vermont Republic, which is at the forefront of America’s secessionist movement.

“There is no moral justification for this country to exist any longer,” said Naylor. “The U.S. has lost its moral authority. It’s corrupt to the core. Today, the U.S. is owned, operated and controlled by corporations, the military-industrial complex and the Israeli lobby. Ultimately, I’m calling for Vermont to become an independent entity and for the dissolution of this empire.”

Naylor’s views are radical and controversial, even to those who sympathize with his cause. He told this writer: “I lump Ron Paul, the tea party and Occupy Wall Street together because they all espouse variations of the same theme: that the system is fixable. I like a lot of what Paul says, but he thinks the system is fixable if we return to the Constitution. But it’s not. Gridlock in Congress epitomizes how ungovernable we’ve become. Right now, we can go down with the Titanic or seek other options.” More…