50 random facts that make you wonder What in the World Has Happened To America… Reply

[Keith: Someone posted this on FB. Some interesting data is included.]

Do you ever just sit back and wonder what in the world has happened to America? The truth is that the America that so many of us once loved so much has been shattered into a thousand pieces. The “land of the free and the home of the brave” has been transformed into a socialized Big Brother nanny state that is oozing with corruption and has accumulated the biggest mountain of debt in the history of the world. The greatest economic machine that the world has ever seen is falling apart before our very eyes, and even when our politicians actually try to do something right (which is quite rare) the end result is still a bunch of garbage. For those who still love this land (and there are a lot of us) it is heartbreaking to watch America slowly die.

The following are 50 random facts that show just how dramatically America has changed….

#50) A new report released by the United Nations is publicly calling for the establishment of a world currency and none of the major news networks are even covering it.

#49) The state of California is so broke that Arnold Schwarzenegger has ordered California State Controller John Chiang to reduce state worker pay for July to the federal minimum allowed by law — $7.25 an hour for most state workers.

#48) A police officer in Oklahoma recently tasered an 86-year-old disabled grandma in her bed and stepped on her oxygen hose until she couldn’t breathe because they considered her to be a “threat”.

#47) In early 2009, U.S. net national savings as a percentage of GDP went negative for the first time since 1952, and it has continued its downward trend since then.

#46) Corexit 9500 is so incredibly toxic that the UK’s Marine Management Organization has completely banned it, so if there was a major oil spill in the North Sea, BP would not be able to use it. And yet BP has dumped over a million gallons of dispersants such as Corexit 9500 into the Gulf of Mexico.

#45) For the first time in U.S. history, more than 40 million Americans are on food stamps, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture projects that number will go up to 43 million Americans in 2011.

#44) It has come out that one employee used a Federal Emergency Management Agency credit card to buy $4,318 in “Happy Birthday” gift cards. Two other FEMA officials charged the cost of 360 golf umbrellas ($9,000) to the taxpayers.

#43) Researchers at the State University of New York at Buffalo received $389,000 from the U.S. government to pay 100 residents of Buffalo $45 each to record how much malt liquor they drink and how much pot they smoke each day.

#42) The average duration of unemployment in the United States has risen to an all-time high.

#41) The bottom 40 percent of all income earners in the United States now collectively own less than 1 percent of the nation’s wealth.

#40) In the U.S., the average federal worker now earns about twice as much as the average worker in the private sector.

#39) Back in 1950 each retiree’s Social Security benefit was paid for by 16 workers. Today, each retiree’s Social Security benefit is paid for by approximately 3.3 workers. By 2025 it is projected that there will be approximately two workers for each retiree.

#38) According to a U.S. Treasury Department report to Congress, the U.S. national debt will top $13.6 trillion this year and climb to an estimated $19.6 trillion by 2015.

#37) The federal government actually has the gall to ask for online donations that will supposedly go towards paying off the national debt.

#36) The Cactus Bug Project at the University Of Florida was allocated $325,394 in economic stimulus funds to study the mating decisions of cactus bugs.

#35) A dinner cruise company in Chicago got nearly $1 million in economic stimulus funds to combat terrorism.

#34) It is being reported that a 6-year-old girl from Ohio is on the “no fly” list maintained by U.S. Homeland Security.

#33) During the first quarter of 2010, the total number of loans that are at least three months past due in the United States increased for the 16th consecutive quarter.

#32) According to a new report, Americans spend twice as much as residents of other developed countries on healthcare, but get lower quality and far less efficiency.

#31) Some experts are warning that the cost of bailing out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac could reach as high as $1 trillion.

#30) The FDA has announced that the offspring of cloned animals could be in our food supply right now and that there is nothing that they can do about it.

#29) In May, sales of new homes in the United States dropped to the lowest level ever recorded.

#28) In 1950, the ratio of the average executive’s paycheck to the average worker’s paycheck was about 30 to 1. Since the year 2000, that ratio has ranged between 300 to 500 to one.

#27) Federal border officials recently said that Mexican drug cartels have not only set up shop on American soil, they are actually maintaining lookout bases in strategic locations in the hills of southern Arizona.

#26) The U.S. government has declared some parts of Arizona off limits to U.S. citizens because of the threat of violence from Mexican drug smugglers.

#25) According to the credit card repayment calculator, if you owe $6000 on a credit card with a 20 percent interest rate and only pay the minimum payment each time, it will take you 54 years to pay off that credit card. During those 54 years you will pay $26,168 in interest rate charges in addition to the $6000 in principal that you are required to pay back.

#24) According to prepared testimony by Goldman Sachs Chief Operating Officer Gary Cohn, Goldman Sachs shorted roughly $615 million of the collateralized debt obligations and residential mortgage-backed securities the firm underwrote since late 2006.

#23) The six biggest banks in the United States now possess assets equivalent to 60 percent of America’s gross national product.

#22) Four of the biggest U.S. banks (Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America and Citigroup) had a “perfect quarter” with zero days of trading losses during the first quarter of 2010.

#21) 1.41 million Americans filed for personal bankruptcy in 2009 – a 32 percent increase over 2008.

#20) BP has hired private security contractors to keep the American people away from oil cleanup sites and nobody seems to care.

#19) Barack Obama is calling for a “civilian expeditionary force” to be sent to Afghanistan and Iraq to help overburdened military troops build infrastructure.

#18) On June 18th, two Christians decided that they would peacefully pass out copies of the gospel of John on a public sidewalk outside a public Arab festival in Dearborn, Michigan and within 3 minutes 8 policemen surrounded them and placed them under arrest.

#17) It is being reported that sales of foreclosed homes in Florida made up nearly 40 percent of all home purchases in the first part of this year.

#16) During a recent interview with Larry King, former first lady Laura Bush revealed to the world that she is actually in favor of legalized gay marriage and a woman’s “right” to abortion.

#15) Scientists at Columbia University are warning that the dose of radiation from the new full body security scanners going into airports all over the United States could be up to 20 times higher than originally estimated.

#14) 43 percent of Americans have less than $10,000 saved for retirement.

#13) The FDIC’s deposit insurance fund now has negative 20.7 billion dollars in it, which represents a slight improvement from the end of 2009.

#12) The judge that BP is pushing for to hear an estimated 200 lawsuits on the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster gets tens of thousands of dollars a year in oil royalties and is paid travel expenses to industry conferences.

#11) In recent years the U.S. government has spent $2.6 million tax dollars to study the drinking habits of Chinese prostitutes and $400,000 tax dollars to pay researchers to cruise six bars in Buenos Aires, Argentina to find out why gay men engage in risky sexual behavior when drunk.

#10) U.S. officials say that more than three billion dollars in cash (much of it aid money paid for by U.S. taxpayers) has been stolen by corrupt officials in Afghanistan and flown out of Kabul International Airport in recent years.

#9) According to a report by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics, the baggage check fees collected by U.S. airlines shot up 33% in the first quarter of 2010 to $769 million.

#8) Three California high school students are fighting for their right to show their American patriotism – even on a Mexican holiday – after they were forced to remove their American flag T-shirts on Cinco de Mayo.

#7) Right now, interest on the U.S. national debt and spending on entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare are somewhere in the neighborhood of 10 to 15 percent of GDP. By 2080, they are projected to eat up approximately 50 percent of GDP.

#6) The total of all government, corporate and consumer debt in the United States is now about 360 percent of GDP.

#5) A 6-year-old girl was recently handcuffed and sent to a mental facility after throwing temper tantrums at her elementary school.

#4) In Florida, students have been arrested by police for things as simple as bringing a plastic butter knife to school, throwing an eraser, and drawing a picture of a gun.

#3) School officials in one town in Massachusetts are refusing to allow students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

#2) According to one new study, approximately 21 percent of children in the United States are living below the poverty line in 2010.

#1) Since 1973, more than 50 million babies have been murdered in abortion facilities across the United States.

Without Adjectives 1

by Anna Morgenstern at Center for a Stateless Society

If you have an interest in a stateless society, you need to understand what the state is.  Otherwise you could end up chasing shadows, and many self-proclaimed anarchists often do so, unfortunately.  When you look around you, you can see examples of its handiwork everywhere.  Every police car you see, the various “permits” and “licenses” when you go into a business establishment (once you start to look for them, you’ll see them all the time without even trying to…), and then the more subtle things.   Now, you’ll notice I didn’t mention roads, or schools or traffic lights.  These are all things that would exist with or without the state.  The particular form they tend to take in our world however, this is the work of the state, as are the particular forms that all of our institutions and business establishments do.  (remember the “permits” above?)

But all of that is the trail the state leaves behind.  So what is the state?  Many people think that it is an organization sometimes called “the government”.  That’s one piece of the puzzle, but it’s not the complete answer.  The governments of the world act as a sort of administrative organization and enforcement agency for the state, they are necessary for its continued existence.  But there’s more to it than that.  In totalitarian countries, “government” and “state” seem very much to be the same, because the government controls everything so directly.  In more liberal/libertarian countries, the differences start to emerge.  One perspective I’ve found that sheds a lot of light on the state is to examine the Mafia.  Is a “legitimate business” owned by the Mafia, really not part of the Mafia?  Even if it’s not a money laundering front and is operated for a profit, it’s still basically part of the Mafia.

Now the government and the Mafia while they have similarities, have some glaring differences too.  One big one that doesn’t get looked at is that government officials never directly get actual profits from their activities.  In fact, most of their most prominent activities are non-profit, or run constant losses even if they do take payment.  They get a salary, which is paid out of stolen money, but that salary is relatively fixed and not dependent on performance (for which I am sure they are quite grateful).  So you have to broaden your gaze and see that these officials rotate into and out of “private sector” employment, and then it starts to make more sense.  The businesses favored by the state are the ones that hire ex-government employees and vice versa.  The fact that government officials are allowed to own stock (though that’s regulated to some extent) in private companies is another clue.

So why the pretense?  Why go through this ruse of “public” and “private”?  Well that’s it.  That’s the state.  The state IS the ruse.  The state… is a social fiction.  It is the myth of legitimacy.  This myth is the thin black line that separates “the government” and its “private sector” attachments from any other Mafia.  The fact that people believe that “the government” is legitimately allowed to kill and steal, and that when it does so, it represents something good and just, is what has allowed it to dominate the earth.  And despite the secondary myth that the government exists to fight crime, it is the very existence of the government that allows the lesser Mafias to thrive.

In the past this myth of legitimacy was carried out through religion.  As various religions were the “private sector” beneficiaries of government, they would preach that the state was the secular arm of their organization, devoted to enforcing “the lord’s will” on Earth.

While bunk in and of itself, at least they admitted the connection.

Nowadays, a new religion, that of “democracy”, legitimizes the state by claiming that it is “the people’s will” that they are charged with enforcing.  (Even when the people seem to be quite against what the government is doing, ala the recent bank bailouts)  Other flatulent high sounding ideas like “social order” , “tradition” and “public goods” are also used to weave this magic spell in people’s heads.

So now that we know what the state is, we know what Anarchism is.  Anarchism, truly, is simply the understanding that the state is merely a social fiction and has no legitimacy.  When you live that truth, you will not follow the law simply because it is the law.  You will let your conscience be your guide.  At that point you are no longer being ruled, though you might have crimes committed against you by the “government” and its lackeys.  When the Mafia forces someone to pay protection money, that guy isn’t being ruled, he’s being robbed.

So what then is liberty?  Liberty is the absence of crime.  Real crime, crime that has a victim.  Crimes that all persons’ conscience would acknowledge as such.  A libertarian then, is someone who wishes to abolish (or more realistically) minimize crime.

Not all anarchists are libertarians (some Stirnerites come to mind), but most are, at least to some extent.  But all anarchists understand that no one has any special authority to commit crimes that no one else has.

All political theories involve some level of crime.  Someone is getting victimized for someone else’s benefit.  The “liberals” (as we know them today) tend to favor a very mild, safe plutocratic regime — one that seeks to round off all of lifes sharp corners for the sake of making us all viable economic resources to exploit.  The “conservatives” have a more dog-eat-dog approach in which the workers are set up to fight over ever more scarce resources; a Darwinian approach to maximizing our productivity. Ultimately, these are just differing livestock management techniques.

Ahhh but you say, this is an age of ascendant corporatism and collectivism.  What about the political theories of the past?  Classical liberalism was a sort of minarchist libertarianism.  We must have this much organized crime (committed by the ruling classes), simply in order to fight sporadic, disorganized crime (usually committed by the lower classes).  The problem is that leaves all sorts of “wiggle room” which leads to the liberalism we have now.

Classical conservatism / Paleo-conservatism is a sort of patchwork of ideas that claims that “this social order is good”, and whatever crimes we have to commit to keep that order are thus justified.  It’s almost hearkening back to the ancient regime of religious statism, and indeed does attract a lot of religious types.

Both of these ideologies are a lot less totalitarian than modern corporate democracy, but that’s simply to be expected.  They realized at some point that totalitarian control is counter productive… the host that does not thrive leaves little for the parasite.  And so they developed political strategies that would allow the host to thrive, while still providing a decent feast for the parasite.

Nowadays we are seeing an attempt to use spurious financial-economics to min/max the amount of crime vs. the health and wealth of the population that crime feeds off.  The predators have charts and graphs you see, and they are giving lectures on “how to get the most from your prey”.  They also don’t think as long term as they used to, because they have thrown off sentimentality toward their children.  (and could you blame them for that?)

Anarchism has, itself, broken up into many sub-divisions and factions.  But in reality, all these factions are, are differing beliefs about what a stateless society will “look like”.  All anarchists, that is to say, all people who understand that no one is authorized to commit crimes, have one goal if they wish to see their desired future(s) come to pass, which is to destroy the myth of legitimacy.  This is the one way that one can smash the state.  Now there are several strategies and methods that might be used to do so, but everything that does not attack the myth of legitimacy directly or indirectly is extra-anarchist.  It is perhaps a strengthening of a social order that was hollowed out by the state, or a diversion of resources feeding the state, but no matter.  Where we disagree as anarchists is less important than where we agree.

A lot of “left” anarchists will claim, for instance, that anarcho-capitalists are not actually anarchists.  This, to me, seems like confusion about what capitalism means to anarcho-capitalists.  By the light of what leftist anarchists mean by “capitalism”, anarcho-capitalists are not non-anarchists, they are non-capitalists.  And the reverse holds true too.  An anarcho-socialist is not the sort of socialist that an anarcho-capitalist thinks of as “socialist”.  But all anarchists believe that the state is nonsense and has no right to assert some sort of magical authority to do things that you or I cannot.

There are pseudo-anarchists, yes, but they are the sort that end up cheering for this magical super-Mafia when their own pet issues come to town.

Having listened to the actual concepts (not just imaginations of their ideas) of anarchists of all stripes, I have come to the conclusion, as did Voltarine DeCleyre, one of my heroes, that I am an anarchist without adjectives.  Let us dispense with the fiction of the state, and then let everyone try what they can, and we will see how it all works out.

Will the End of the Empire Be Slow and Gradual? Reply

Robert Higgs thinks so, and considers this to be a good thing. He explains why here. Higgs’ analysis is fairly similar to that of Martin Van Creveld. According to these thinkers, maintenance of the Empire will eventually prove cost prohibitive and the Empire will begin to recede. Perhaps the U.S. will eventually begin to look more like the European Union, militarily weak externally but increasingly totalitarian and ideologically-driven internally.

The major point of contention I have with Higgs’ analysis is the allusion to the Tea Partiers as representing the “threat of fascism.” Chomsky has made similar statements in recent times. All political, cultural, demographic, and generational trends indicate that left-liberalism is on the rise and “right-wing conservatism” is on the decline. We see even the younger generation of the religious right adopting the liberal line on issues like global warming and immigrants’ rights. The hysteria that some people push today concerning the “fascist threat” posed by talk radio, militias, Tea Parties, etc. is totally out of whack. Characters like Limbaugh, Beck, Hannity, etc. are more comparable to the politicized televangelist phenomenon of the 80s. Liberal interest groups raised dire threats about the threat of fascism represented by those as well. But where are they now? They’ve either died out, had their credibility eliminated through repeat scandals, or become increasingly marginalized or irrelevant. The current wave of talk radio loudmouths are a more secularized version of the same phenomenon, and they’ve already experienced a somewhat similar fate, e.g. Limbaugh’s drug addiction, William Bennett’s gambling addiction, etc. At best, the Tea Party/talk radio milieu is comparable to the enduring but marginal, disreputable, and largely unpopular right-wing nationalist movements in Europe, e.g. the BNP, the National Front, etc. If anything, the latter have more credibility than the former.

All the more reason why any serious or comprehensive analysis of the System desperately needs to include the critique of Cultural Marxism and the therapeutic state advanced by Gottfried, Szasz, etc.

Updated News Digest July 4, 2010 Reply

American Revolutionary Vanguard: Denounced by Leftists as Fascists, by Fascists as Communists,

“Marcuse Is Dead…And We Have Killed Him.” -Quagmire, ATS Reader

“What we fight is is _State_ socialism, leveling from above, bureaucracy; what we advocate is free association and union, the absence of authority, mind freed from all fetters, independence and well-being of all. Before all others it is we who preach _tolerance_ for all – whether we think their opinions right or wrong – we do not wish to crush them by force or otherwise… If our ideas are wrong, let those who know better teach us better.”

Gustav Landauer, Social Democracy in Germany, Freedom Press 1896

“And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to the facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.”

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In the Religion of 100% Americanism, Ignorance Is Strength by Kevin Carson

Secession: The Real Meaning of July 4 by Thomas DiLorenzo

Clemency for Wall Street Criminals, Prison for the Powerless by William Norman Grigg

Surviving a Home Invasion Robbery by Susan G.

The National Debt: Apocalypse Now by John Derbyshire

Robert Byrd, Democrats, and the KKK by Jim Goad

“Progressive” Is the New “Reactionary” by Thomas Knapp

Managerial Liberalism’s Hostility to Decentralized Organization by Kevin Carson

U.S. Presidents and Those Who Kill for Them by Laurence Vance

Defusing the Foreign Policy Time Bomb by S. J. Masty

Gun Control Laws by Thomas Sowell

Towards a Responsible Defense Budget by Christopher Preble

War is Peace, Occupation is Withdrawal, Nation-Building is an Exit Strategy by Austin Bramwell

Colonialism Obama-Style by Justin Raimondo

Yalta: The Greatest U.S. War Crime of WW2 by Eric Margolis

Is the U.S. a Fascist Police State? by Tyler Durden

Police Kill a City by William Norman Grigg

To Resist the State on Behalf of Others by Roger Roots

Americans Have Reached the Breaking Point by Mark Crovelli

Rethinking Iran-Contra by Robert Parry

The MOVE 9 Parole Hearings: An Interview with Ramona Africa by Angola 3 News

Lessons Never Learned: Non-Profits and the State, Redux from Raider Nation Collective

“They Were Doing Their Goddamn Jobs”: On Policing by Jeff Shantz

Anarcho-Tyranny in Ontario by Richard Spencer

Guns Don’t Kill People, Gun Control Kills People by Richard Hoste

Secession and the Politics of Radical Non-Violent Confrontation by Thomas Naylor

Cannibal Statistics by Chilton Williamson

Qaddafi Is Right! by Eugene Girin

Public School Educators: Most Are a Sorry Lot by Jeremiah Dyke

The Not-So-Secret Agents by Alexander Cockburn

The Tyranny of the Merchant Class by Ralph Nader

The Israel Lobby in San Francisco by Binoy Kampmark

The Rape of Appalachia by Russell Mokhiber

Why Afghanistan’s Poppies Aren’t the Problem? by Julien Mercile

36 Questions for Elena Kagan by Ralph Nader

Endless Occupation? by Sheldon Richman

The Cops War on Videos of Cops by Jeanine Molloff

Hillbilly Rebel Women Vs Corporate Murderers by Dr. Susan Block

Declaration of Independence Day for Kids by Chuck Baldwin

Obama’s Immigration Speech: Stop Laughing, He’s Serious by Peter Brimelow

Yankee Utopians in a Chinese Century by Pat Buchanan

Spontaneous Order

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The Tyranny of “Tolerance”

“A centralised democracy may be as tyrannical as an absolute monarch; and if the vigour of the nation is to continue unimpaired, each individual, each family, each district, must preserve as far as possible its independence, its self-completeness, its powers and its privilege to manage its own affairs and think its own thoughts.

–James Anthony Froude (1818-1894), author and historian.
Source: Short Studies on Great Subjects

“Whoever appeals to the law against his fellow man is either a fool or a coward. Whoever cannot take care of himself without police protection is both. It is as cowardly to betray an offender to justice, even though his offences be against yourself, as it is not to avenge an injury by violence. It is dastardly and contemptible in a wounded man to betray the name of his assailant, because if he recovers, he must naturally expect to take vengeance himself.”
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A Nation of Sheep, Ruled by Wolves, Owned by Pigs

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Forty Years in the Wilderness?

Liberty and Populism: Building An Effective Resistance Movement for North America

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National Anarchy and the American Idea

Don’t Talk to the Police

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Justice Tiny Tim? Reply

Gottfried nails it once again in this discussion of Kagan from AltRight.

An overweight Jewish lesbian, whose career seems to have been put on fast track by her political supporters both inside and outside the media and someone who if she held diametrically opposed views, would not even be considered for a grounds crew post at Harvard, she is the quintessential symbol of Obama’s America. Her praise for her mentor Thurgood Marshall, whose “glory” it was to have acknowledged “special rights for the disadvantaged and despised,” does not in any way represent Christian or bourgeois morality. It is a ridiculous parody of what Nietzsche described as the behavior of the “Last Man,” the type of decadent who combines slave morality with philistine tastelessness. Kagan not only looks the part of this Last Man. She is the real article, no less than her fellow-law professors in the Ivy League and their imitators in the Bush League, who spend their time and energy instructing judges and state administrators on the practices and intricacies of victimology.

Also, check out Gottfried’s discussion in the Comments section of the relationship between Cultural Marxism and the so-called “Jewish Question.”

As for the chicken and egg conundrum and the Jewish question, I think there is no necessary relation between Jewish economic and social success and Jewish support for cultural Marxism. Jews are cultural Marxists because they fear an intact Christian bourgeois society, which they see as an historic enemy. They therefore try to neutralize the perceived or imaginary enemy in order to survive as a supposedly endangered minority. Jewish support for the cultural Left and its allies in government does no more to advance Jewish interests than Hitler’s decision to persecute Jews. It is an entirely irrational as well as destructive response to a fictitious friend/enemy distinction, albeit one that Jewish organizations like the ADA and Canadian Jewish Congress frenetically endorse.

It does not suggest a Jewish conspiracy but the superior skill of Jews in comparison to other predominantly leftist groups, like Irish Catholics, blacks and Hispanics, in organizing cultural Marxist politics. Since white Protestants are deteriorating into Lindsay Graham Republicans or worse, there is no effective opposition any longer to the transformative mission of the media and managerial state. Among those pushing us into anarcho-tyranny or cultural Marxist madness, Jews are simply better than their allies, like Patrick Leahy, Joe Biden, John Keary and the members of the Black Caucus.

18% believe states have the right to secede Reply

Thanks to our Las Vegas friends for digging this Rasmussen study up. These numbers are basically the same as those revealed by the Zogby poll two years ago. Apparently, the numbers have remained the same even with a change in the ruling party. I’d be curious how the Rasmussen numbers break down on demographic lines. The Zogby poll showed secessionist support had something of a leftward slant, with liberals, youth, the less educated, low income, and minorities being somewhat more sympathetic. I wonder if the demographics have shifted rightward during the Age of Obama, even if the overall numbers have remained the same.

Our primary goal should be to push these numbers upward on a continual basis. For instance, over the years I’ve seen support for issues or movements like gay rights and marijuana legalization gradually rise from the same kinds of numbers secessionists have at present to being an almost majority nationwide at present. That’s happened in roughly twenty years. I’ve outlined a forty-year plan for our movement. In twenty years we need to have at least as much support for the mere right of secession as things like marijuana decriminalization or gay marriage have at present, and the size of actual secession movements and their support has to show a corresponding increase. Right now ten percent of the U.S. population thinks secession would be good, and another twenty percent is on the fence. We need to get a solid thirty percent in our camp within the next decade or two. By the year 2050, we need to have a majority of the U.S. population in favor of actual secession by their particular region or community, and an even larger majority in favor to the technical right of secession, just like a majority of Americans presently support abortion rights, even if some of them are personally opposed to abortion or would not participate in it.

Rothbard on Individualism, Nationalism, and Immigration 3

Rothbard’s classic Nations by Consent: Decomposing the Nation-State

I generally agree with Rothbard’s position as outlined here, with the exception that I would take a looser, more open-ended definition of property rights or “private property” than Rothbard’s strict Lockeanism.

The question of open borders, or free immigration, has become an
accelerating problem for classical liberals. This is first, because the welfare
state increasingly subsidizes immigrants to enter and receive permanent
assistance, and second, because cultural boundaries have become increas-
ingly swamped. I began to rethink my views on immigration when, as
the Soviet Union collapsed, it became clear that ethnic Russians had been
encouraged to flood into Estonia and Latvia in order to destroy the
cultures and languages of these peoples. Previously, it had been easy to
dismiss as unrealistic Jean Raspail’s anti-immigration novel The Camp
of the Saints, in which virtually the entire population of India decides to
move, in small boats, into France, and the French, infected by liberal
ideology, cannot summon the will to prevent economic and cultural
national destruction. As cultural and welfare-state problems have inten-
sified, it became impossible to dismiss Raspail’s concerns any longer.
However, on rethinking immigration on the basis of the anarcho-
capitalist model, it became clear to me that a totally privatized country
would not have “open borders” at all. If every piece of land in a country
were owned by some person, group, or corporation, this would mean
that no immigrant could enter there unless invited to enter and allowed
to rent, or purchase, property. A totally privatized country would be as
“closed” as the particular inhabitants and property owners desire. It seems
clear, then, that the regime of open borders that exists de facto in the
U.S. really amounts to a compulsory opening by the central state, the
state in charge of all streets and public land areas, and does not gen-
uinely reflect the wishes of the proprietors.
Under total privatization, many local conflicts and “externality”
problems-not merely the immigration problem-would be neatly set-
tled. With every locale and neighborhood owned by private firms, cor-
porations, or contractual communities, true diversity would reign, in
accordance with the preferences of each community. Some neighborhoods
would be ethnically or economically diverse, while others would be
ethnically or economically homogeneous. Some localities would permit
pornography or prostitution or drugs or abortions, others would pro-
hibit any or all of them. The prohibitions would not be state imposed,
but would simply be requirements for residence or use of some person’s
or community’s land area. While statists who have the itch to impose
their values on everyone else would be disappointed, every group or
interest would at least have the satisfaction of living in neighborhoods
of people who share its values and preferences. While neighborhood
ownership would not provide Utopia or a panacea for all conflicts, it
would at least provide a “second-best” solution that most people might
be willing to live with.