Sunday, August 15, 2021

The American Dream of Secession

 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. 

West Oregon can legalize medicinal heroin while Utah bans Starbucks. Alabama can make Uzis mandatory and Texas can surround itself with a flaming border moat while California opens up its borders completely to pick up the migrant slack. Everyone can become a sanctuary for something and traditionally rambunctious parts of the map like Alaska and New Hampshire can go the fuck ahead and legalize pretty much everything. You're likely to see a bustling map defined by competing ideas and it's my hope and the hope of every other type of ideologue that the good ones will win out in popularity and that this process can be a completely voluntary one, with people choosing the societies that best fit their values while still being free to succeed into even smaller communities when they don't.  

This is my ultimate goal for breaking up the United States. While originally I was just motivated to dismantle the ugliest empire in modern history and prevent the formation of anything else large enough to replace it, I've come to see secession as an ideal way of life and hopefully a path to statelessness. My hope is to see this country divide into smaller and smaller communities until the map looks like an abstract constellation of overlapping blips of light with more polities than there are colors to paint them with. In time, I hope to see the very notion of the nation evolve into something too fluid for geography with no need for borders or fixed physical locations. Governments will become like tribal social clubs with benefits. Think of the Elks or the Shriners with unions, militias and healthcare. Forty nations could share a single apartment block with complex organizations devoted to everything from Quasi Hoxaism to pan Samoan nationalism to My Little Pony. And with any luck this model can spread globally, creating indigenous solutions for every possible culture and minority. No one will be forced to change their \way of life or assimilate ever again. All they have to do is divide and diversify.

Secession has received an ugly name as a plaything for statism, but once you remove the state from the scenario and make every association entirely voluntary what you're left with is a world of peace through diversity with nations too small and porous for conquest and subjugation. So what do you say, dearest motherfuckers, why don't we just stop all this fighting and get a divorce, if not for us, then at least for the children.

Peace, Love, & Empathy- Nicky/CH

Soundtrack; songs that influenced this post

D.I.V.O.R.C.E. by Tammy Wynette

Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana

Everyday People by Sly & The Family Stone

Too Many Puppies by Primus

Pilot Can at the Queer God by Flaming Lips

Mountain Song by Jane's Addiction

Go Your Own Way by Fleetwood Mac

Search & Destroy by the Stooges


  1. The psychopathic oligarchical control freak mucky mucks will never let a break up occur because:

    “Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.”
    ― Frederick Douglass (1818 - 1895)

    Observe the gratuitous violence administered to Chelsea Manning, Craig Murray, David Hale, Julian Assange et al. for simply relating some basic facts about empire's war criminal activities.

    "What is immoral and unacceptable is not necessarily unlawful."
    ― Lady Hale Supreme Court of the United Kingdom
    March 2020 paragraph 2
    Elgizouli (Appellant) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Respondent)

    Song that influenced this comment
    Breaking Up Is Hard To Do by Neil Sedaka

  2. It is somewhat disheartening to see a proposition that may break up the master country that heads the huge powerful military machine which is so enthusiastic on wiping away all possibilities of much of life which delights in permitting the bacteria a new chance to innovate something really sensible instead of the hellish fantasies proposed by humanity. Any slice of Roquefort cheese contains possibilities of more decent intellect than a huge populace that persists in reelecting the imbecile who was recently kicked out of the US presidency.

  3. As I noted in

    "Some have scoffed at the notion that states ought to be able to secede at will, yet the 10th amendment seems to leave such powers with the states, and the notion of secession vs. permanence of the union is nowhere else addressed; the 10th amendment would seem to be the controlling law. Viewed from a strictly rational vantage, one has to wonder what benefit is gained by forcing some region or people to remain united after changes to their worldview have separated them (philosophically) from their former neighbors. If we are to treat each other as comrades, does that not require us to wish each other the best of futures? And, if our neighbor thinks their best future is attained by independence, should we not wish them well and let them go?

    As well, to think that such questions can be adequately answered by civil war has proven to be wishful thinking of the highest order. The first U.S. Civil (sic) War is still being fought — it did not end at Appomattox; only the shooting and the killing ended there. Would any sane person suggest that we could finally get a definitive answer by doing it all again, but this time bigger and better? I don't believe that, and I hope no one else does, either.

    "But, wait..." I hear someone say, "that implies that regions could secede from nations, counties secede from states, neighborhoods secede from cities, and neighbors secede from neighborhoods! That's madness!"

    That is, in fact, what such an attitude implies. It's the ultimate "freedom of association" that we are free to associate or to disassociate down to the individual person. That is, after all, what marriage and divorce are, is it not? We call it 'independence' as if it is something different when practiced by nations, but it is precisely the same thing. Why can we not go to court and get a decree separating ourselves? Why, in fact, might we need a court? The answer is that, in a rational society, political disassociation ought to be as simple as "I'm done here!" Imagine how much bloodshed might have been prevented over the eons by simply understanding that keeping a polity — or a person — captive harms both sides?

    Forced unity is, in fact, a way to maintain one’s power — nothing more. The king, the duke, the earl always has the wherewithal to force the peasants to stay where they are. There’s no need to negotiate when armed soldiers are ready to enforce the will of those at the top of the food chain, yet... if the duke can get the peasants to do the work voluntarily — because they see it as a win-win situation — the duke no longer needs to maintain so large an army and so needs less revenue, making the peasants better off. ‘Coercion’ always has a cost associated even if we can’t see it. So it is with nations. So it is with all of us."