Was the American Revolution Secessionist? 1

Daniel McCarthy tells what is basically the truth about America’s founding. It was led by continental imperialists who resented the British for getting in the way of their own expansionist designs on the Indian lands. Leftist historians like Howard Zinn have long pointed this out.

By Daniel McCarthy

The American Conservative

Battle of Yorktown re-enactors.Visions of America / Shutterstock.com

Battle of Yorktown re-enactors.Visions of America / Shutterstock.com

A few people may be a little unclear about the argument of my last post on secession as a principle of liberty (or not, as I argue). Its inspiration was the fact that it seemed curious for Americans to long for Scottish secession when the Scots themselves had voted against it. Whatever was being expressed was not sympathy for the Scottish people, so what was it? The answer was a general case for secession as an inherently good thing, in radical libertarian theory, because it leads to smaller states, and maybe no states. I pointed out various problems with this notion, which seems to have greater emotional force than reasoning behind it.

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Dismantling Empires Through Devolution Reply

By Parag Khanna

The Atlantic

Last week, the world’s most globe-spanning empire until the mid-20th century let its fate be decided by 3.6 million voters in Scotland. While Great Britain narrowly salvaged its nominal unity, the episode offered an important reminder: The 21st century’s strongest political force is not democracy but devolution.

Before the vote was cast, British Prime Minister David Cameron and his team were so worried by voter sentiment swinging toward Scottish independence that they promised a raft of additional powers to Edinburgh (and Wales and Northern Ireland) such as the right to set its own tax rates—granting even more concessions than Scotland’s own parliament had demanded. Scotland won before it lost. Furthermore, what it won it will never give back, and what it lost it can try to win again later. England, meanwhile, feels ever more like the center of a Devolved Kingdom rather than a united one.
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The United States of Great Britain?

Devolution—meaning the decentralization of power—is the geopolitical equivalent of the second law of thermodynamics: inexorable, universal entropy. Today’s nationalism and tribalism across Europe, Africa, and the Middle East represent the continued push for either greater autonomy within states or total independence from what some view as legacy colonial structures. Whether these movements are for devolution, federalism, or secession, they all to varying degrees advocate the same thing: greater self-rule.

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Roundtable on Religion and the State: Can Pagans, Christians, and Atheists Get Along? 31

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Roundtable on Religion and the State: Can Pagans, Christians, and Atheists Get Along?

August 3, 2014

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ATS contributors discuss their spiritual and theological perspectives, and the relationship of these to history, ethics, and politics. Features conservative Christians Brock Bellerive and Todd Lewis, pagan Rodney Huber, and atheists Spencer Pearson and Keith Preston.

Topics include:

  • The unfortunate history of mutual persecution between Christians, pagans, and secularists.
  • The question of which religious or philosophical traditions have the most blood on their hands.
  • How political decentralization and cultural separation help to foster peaceful co-existence

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Why We Need Hillary to Win: The Fire Rises 3

An interesting and, I suspect, accurate bit of analysis.

I think this commentator is correct that as U.S. society continues to move leftward, the right will become increasingly alienated from both the political establishment and the mainstream culture, and begin to adopt a more radical, militant, and anti-establishment stance. Hence, they will be less oriented towards “Defend America!” or “Take Back America!,” or more oriented towards “To Hell with America!”. Plus, as their numbers continue to dwindle, they will realize the impossibility of taking over the state, and begin to adopt ideas like secession and decentralization. Where it will go from there is anyone’s guess.

The majority of leftists, liberals, progressives, left-anarchists, and (probably) libertarians usually express horror at the idea of “right-wingers” seceding in order to practice allegedly reactionary values within the context of their own enclaves. While I am merely an anarchist (in the tradition of Stirner), and not any kind of right winger, I would consider mass secession by predominately rightist-leaning communities to be a means of weakening and destroying the American imperial empire, both internationally and domestic. Unfortunately, most cultural cosmopolitans and “progressives” apparently believe that making sure there’s an an abortion clinic and a gay bar on every street corner in every backwoods town is more important that overthrowing a genocidal imperialist regime and a global plutocratic tyranny.

By Jan Stadler

Traditionalist Youth Network

Given the endless coverage by FOX news and Bill O’Reilly of poll after poll after speculation with Charles Krauthammer over whether Hillary can win, will Hillary run and can Rand Paul beat Hillary, I am going to assume the 2016 election has already begun.

Of course in line with this excessively premature hysteria about Hillary Clinton, conservatives, libertarians, populists, Tea Partiers and Christian fundamentalists are all in a twit over the future prospects of Hilary Clinton become the next president of these states united.

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BBC on Europe’s leading secession movements Reply

Secession isn’t pan-secession, but any challenge to the conventional nation state is to be welcomed, particularly those moving in the “right” direction.  Here’s a BBC article on Europe’s top 8 secession movements and their current standing published in the light of Scotland’s referendum on independence in September.   These are all fairly popular causes, but there are dozens more which are as yet a little further from the mainstream all across the continent.  Eat ya heart out Cascadia!

BBC: Scottish independence: Europeans with an eye on Edinburgh

Secessionism is Growing: Plan To Split California Into Six States Closer To Reality 4

While I endorse this proposal, I would qualify my endorsement by pointing out that this is merely a plan for decentralizing the state of California. That by itself is a worthwhile ambition, but the wider aim of pan-secessionism is much more radical, i.e. the overthrow of the American empire domestically and the overthrow of neoliberalism internationally. Still, it’s a step in the right direction. If this succeeds, or even becomes widely publicized, it will most likely open the door for the growth of new and more radical secession movements.

By Travis H. Brown

Forbes

Thanks to the signatures of more than 807,000 concerned Californians, an ambitious idea has moved that much closer to becoming a reality. The “Six Californias” Initiative, sponsored by Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper, seeks to create areas that are more governable, more productive, and more successful. As I wrote in this column back in February, the initiative would achieve the triumvirate goal of proportionately distributing California’s debts based on population, ending all tax collections and spending by the existing State of California, and creating new, more representative governments with the ability to enact public policies that make the most sense for the new state.

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Why There Will Be No Revolution 2

By Gary North

I recently read an article on the Left-wing website in Great Britain, The Guardian. This has been the most consistently Left-wing publication in Great Britain. It was part of the organized Left as early as the 1920’s, and it has never varied in the slightest.

The author interviewed a former American spy. The spy is a very well read man. But he cannot think straight. He is a super Leftist. He talks about “the commons.” He does not like private property. He sees all of capitalism as an attempt to take away from the commons and privatize wealth. But there never was a state-free commons. The commons was always a state agency. Throughout men’s history, when there is common land, it is run by an agency that possesses political power. It possesses the power of coercion. Every time you see the word “commons,” think “commissars.” You don’t have commons without commissars.

This man is singing the same old song that he sang in his youth. He says there’s going to be a revolution. No, there isn’t. He says that the open source technology will create the revolution. No, it won’t.

The essence of revolution is centralized power. Engels knew this early, and reminded us of it for years. There is nothing more centralizing than a revolution. Every revolution in history has moved towards the centralization of power, including the American Revolution. This ex-spy, singing the songs of his youth, says that we are right at the edge of a revolution.

We are at the edge of a non-revolution.

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Pluralism Has Limits 7

 

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by AntisocialMisanthropicPessimist

I think immigration, as a subset of private property, is one area where the AnCaps have a serious practical issue, that is assuming AnCaps have enough clout to matter anyway.

Basically, if you didn’t personally appropriate something, you don’t own it. Nobody owns the vast majority of the USA, or ANY unowned land. I reject the ‘commons’ as a concept, although I acknowledge some sort of customary-use and the possibility of joint ownership, etc. The problem is that none of these ‘immigrationist’ schemes would be possible on anything other than an individual community level. Between any two towns there are almost always large tracts of uninhabited land. If you try to stop some random Mexican from settling there, you deserve to be shot, and I don’t really have an inclination to budge on that.

Pluralism only extends as long as people are self-inflicting their stupidities. As soon as they try to extend their crazy notions of property beyond the boundaries of their creepy community they’re just gangsters with a religion, and fuck ’em.

So I really think the AnCaps are somewhat correct when it comes to slapping down over-eager pluralism. The fact is that a lot of these people – GeoLibs or Anarcho-Borderists – are going to have real potential, if not actual, conflict with a libertarian notion of law.

I also think that most alternative formulations of property rights and entities like ‘nations’, etc. are just mystical bullshit that don’t deserve to be taken seriously. I can accept communes and syndicates, etc. as long as they confine themselves to their own hippy-dippy bullshit, as soon as they start trying to ‘homestead’ my corporate farm I’ll gladly invite the Pinkertons with Sharpes rifles to welcome them.

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Kanaka Maoli to Feds: ‘Get Out of Our House! Go Home!’ Reply

Decolonial monarchism! This jives well with Bioregionalism and indigenous clan/band/village level sovereignty. A fellow member of my tribe commented that “sovereignty should not be defined at the whim of U.S. congressional mood swings.” I agree entirely but would add that the US would never allow for any genuine, self defined sovereignty for indigenous nations within it’s borders. I theorize that the only conditions under which that might happen are when the US is weak and badly in need of winning the support of indigenous peoples, Native Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, and First Nations to maintain its legitimacy. But at that point why would we need such a weak ally? Until then, the only acceptable level of “sovereignty” will be that of a client state at best, but more likely we’ll remain as just another colonial administrative unit of the bureaucratic empire.


Kanaka Maoli to Feds: ‘Get Out of Our House! Go Home!’

Civil Beat
by Chad Blair

Leona Kalima shares her manao with the Department of Interior about a government-to-government relationship with Hawaiians, Hawaii State Capitol, June 23, 2014. PF Bentley/Civil Beat

To help the U.S. Department of the Interior understand how some Native Hawaiians view federal recognition, DeMont R. D. Conner offered this analogy:

Your car is stolen. The person who stole the car later apologizes and offers you a bicycle.

The only proper response to such an offer, said Connor, is to insist that the stolen property be returned to its rightful owner.

“Go back and tell your boss, ‘Give ’em back da car!’” he told a panel of Interior officials as the audience that packed the Hawaii State Capitol Monday morning erupted into laughter and hearty applause.

Connor’s point was that the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom in 1893 was a theft.

For federal officials to offer recognition, a 121 years later, to Kanaka Maoli as an indigenous people entitled to government-to-government status with the United States is like giving them a bike. Not just any bike, either, said Conner: a Schwinn.

He was one of 143 people who testified — and shouted, cried, pleaded, prayed, chanted and sang — for more than three hours Monday before Interior officials. It was the first of 15 public meetings in the islands scheduled over the next two weeks.

The hearings are part of a “listening tour” being conducted by Interior to solicit comments and feedback on “whether and how” the process of reestablishing a government-to-government relationship should proceed.

The answer from nearly everyone who testified Monday was that it should not. In their view, Hawaii is still a nation and the Americans are occupiers — like the U.S. military — who should leave.

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Congratulations ConIFA World Cup Champions: Countea de Nissa Reply

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Countea de Nissa (County of Nice) won the ConIFA world cup final on June 9th in Sweden, coming out on top of eleven other teams from unrecognized nations around the world.  Commiserations to the losing teams from Kurdistan, Darfur, Padania (Northern Italy), Arameans Suryoye (Assyria), Abkhazia, Sápmi (Northern Scandinavia), Nagorno-Karabakh, South Ossetia, Occitania (Southern France and bits of Spain and Italy), Ellan Vannin (Isle of Man) and Tamil Eelam (Tamil people).  Apparently some organization calling itself FIFA has an alternate competition on somewhere at the moment.

Retconning the Revolution 2

An alternative view to Keith Preston’s Forty Years in the Wilderness.

People are rarely struck by trains they see coming. No-one expects to meet their end under the steel wheels of a hundred ton freight engine because no-one seriously believes they could fail to note the approach of such a machine. Particularly given these things don’t ambush people from dark alleyways but travel along easily observable rails in a not inconspicuous fashion. Yet every year a number of people are surprised, and probably temporarily embarrassed, to find they have just been struck by locomotives. Revolutions are much the same. More…

Gritty Star Wars Reply

A collection of Star Wars art re-imagines the classic sci-fi story as a gritty TV series with realistic political undertones, exploring the moral ambiguity of military conflict and civil war. Poor kids are conscripted into the Storm Trooper infantry, and rebel insurgents are defectors from the imperial underclass utilizing terrorist tactics. Is Star Wars just another struggle between two forces of the galactic ruling class: corrupt, self-aggrandizing senators on one side, and an imperial dictatorship on the other? a few sample pictures and captions below, and definitely read the whole thing if this sounds interesting.

What would it be like to follow the story of a conscript? Would a poor kid, conscripted into the imperial army, have ever been to orbit? Maybe some of them really believe in what the Empire is doing?? Maybe some of them just want to go home?


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Scotland: Secession Vs Pan Secession Reply

A lot of people interested in the concept of pan-secessionism have been excited about the growing wave of secessionist movements in Europe.  However the bad news is I would suggest that those secession movements, while positive developments, do not really represent an adoption of pan secessionist values.  An independent Scotland would have a population of seven million people.  Holding one seven millionth of political power isn’t, for practical purposes, much better than holding one sixty fifth millionth (the population of the UK) in that for normal people that represents no control over their personal political, economic or social circumstances in either case.  Moreover the likely ruling class of an independent Scotland, the Scottish National Party and Scottish Labour, would almost certainly be inclined towards a more centralised state than even that of the UK and with an even more oppressive progressive official orthodoxy.   The Good News is http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2013/mar/17/scottish-independence-islands-home-rule

Is Europe Cracking Up? Reply

By Pat Buchanan

A week ago, in the St. George’s Hall in the Kremlin, Russia’s elite cheered and wept as Vladimir Putin announced the re-annexation of Crimea. Seven in 10 Russians approve of Putin’s rule.

In Crimea, the Russian majority has not ceased celebrating. The re-conquest nears completion. In Eastern Ukraine, Russians have now begun to agitate for annexation by Moscow.

Ukrainian nationalism, manifest in the anti-Russia coup in Kiev, has produced its inevitable reaction among Russians.

While praising the Ukrainians who came out to Maidan to protest peacefully, Putin said that those behind the decisive events “resorted to terror, murder and riots. Nationalists, neo-Nazis, Russophobes and anti-Semites executed this coup.” The Kremlin erupted in cheers.

But not only in Ukraine is ethnic nationalism surging.

 

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Venice votes to split from Italy as 89% of the city’s residents opt to form a new independent state 1

By Hannah Roberts

Daily Mail

Venetians have voted overwhelmingly for their own sovereign state in a ‘referendum’ on independence from Italy.

Inspired by Scotland’s separatist ambitions, 89 per cent of the residents of the lagoon city and its surrounding area, opted to break away from Italy in an unofficial ballot.

The proposed ‘Repubblica Veneta’ would include the five million inhabitants of the Veneto region and could later expand to include parts of Lombardy, Trentino and Friuli-Venezia Giulia.

Residents of Venice have voted 89 per cent to leave Italy and become an independent state in protest at high taxes levied on the wealthy in order to prop up the poor and crime ridden Mezzogiorno south

Residents of Venice have voted 89 per cent to leave Italy and become an independent state in protest at high taxes levied on the wealthy in order to prop up the poor and crime ridden Mezzogiorno south

 

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Growing state secession movements 1

By D. Christian Moore

Examiner.Com

Republican leaning counties in deep blue states are pushing to secede and form states of their own. Residents of Northern Michigan, parts of California, Maryland and Colorado are seeking to break away from their Democrat controlled states and form new self-governing entities. These efforts are long shots because the state government would have to approve the secession and the federal government would have to accept the new states into the Union. Still, the growing movement illustrates the dissatisfaction many on the right have with the high taxes, deficit spending and liberal social engineering that have come to define leftists in the 21st century. They may also signify just how divided we have become as a country in the last decade.

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Western Maryland’ Secession Movement Growing 1

TeaParty.Org

(CBS) – A tale of two Marylands: Western Maryland and the rest of the state. Fed up with high taxes and gun control, some people want to break away and go it alone.

Mary Bubala explains why they’re trying to form their own state.

There’s a storm brewing over the beautiful mountains and valleys of Western Maryland. More and more people in those five counties say Governor Martin O’Malley is out of touch and they want to break away from the rest of the state.

“I can’t imagine Maryland without Western Maryland,” said Governor Martin O’Malley.

“Do you actually care about your citizens?” questioned Rob Parr.

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The New USA? Secession Movement Gains Steam Reply

By David Brody

CBN News

GREELEY, Colo. — If you mention the word “secession” most people think of the South during the Civil War. But today, a new movement is gaining steam because of frustration over a growing, out-of-control federal government.

A number of conservative, rural Americans are taking about seceding and creating their own states, meaning a new map of the United States of America could include the following:

  • A 51st state called Jefferson, made up of Northern California and Southern Oregon
  • A new state called Western Maryland
  • A new state called North Colorado

These are real movements gaining traction with voters across the country. Jeffrey Hare runs the 51st State Initiative in Colorado, an effort to fight an out-of-control legislature trying to ram big government policies down the throats of voters.

“We’re at this point of irreconcilable differences,” Hare told CBN News.

Secessionist talk has filled town hall meetings and the divide discussed is not just ideological.

“It’s predominately left versus right, but it’s urban versus rural because you typically find more typical conservative values in rural America,” Hare said.

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Silicon Valley’s Secessionist Movement Is Growing Reply

By Kevin Roose

New York Magazine

A rendering of San Francisco’s SoMa district, circa 2080.

Last week, I wrote about one Silicon Valley investor’s excited response to the government shutdown, a response sparked by his belief that “stasis in the government is actually good for all of us.” It was an extraordinary statement, it seemed to me, not only because it ignored the very real damage the government’s gridlock was doing to normal, non-wealthy people all over the country, but because it revealed a broader ideological shift among certain members of the technological elite, from political apathy to active anti-government hostility.

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Secession movement in New York pushes for Big Apple to split from Upstate Reply

By Valerie Richardson

Washington Times

When Frank Sinatra sang “New York, New York,” he may have been on to something.

A movement is afoot to split New York into two regions — upstate and downstate — to acknowledge the gaping philosophical differences and improve representation.

“I’ve lived in New York all my life, and upstate and downstate have two different philosophies of life,” said John Bergener, an Albany County resident and organizer of the two New Yorks effort. “And it seems like they’re always in conflict.”

Campaigns for “secession” or a 51st state have been on the rise since the 2012 presidential election — see California, Colorado and Maryland — but the New York movement has a twist.

Instead of splitting New York into two distinct states, advocates want one state controlled by two autonomous regional governments.

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