Dump DC! The 50-State Secession PlanSubmitted by csb on Tue, 07/14/2009 - 12:09
Attribute to The Libertarian Enterprise
There have been rumblings about secession lately. The blue-state liberals talked it up a bit after the last election, and most readers here probably have been following the goings-on in states like Vermont and Alaska.
One thing that has struck me about these is their air of unreality. If the god-king Lincoln managed to get the (rump) nation to prevent 7, and then 11 states from seceding almost 150 years ago, killing 600,000 Americans in the process, then what chance does a single state now have against a much more powerful and entrenched federal government, that runs the largest empire on earth? "The secession question has been settled."
And it is hard to argue against this point. Whenever anyone thinks of, say, Vermont leaving, they just shake their head. Little old Vermont with the U.S. as a neighbor? Yeah, right...
But, what if all 50 states seceded at about the same time? Then, little old Vermont starts to look pretty viable. Its neighbors would be not the U.S., but New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York and Quebec! Vermont could go on its own, or join with one or several of these in confederation. As to Quebec, if 50 states seceded, could a subsequent Canadian secession not be far behind?