The Great Divide—and Secession?
By Kirkpatrick Sale
September 9, 2016
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Yes, it is true that once there was a war fought to stop secession, but that was because the richest part of the country was the one that voted to secede, and that would have meant a great loss of the duties and tariffs the rest of the country had come to depend on. So the threatened part had to go to war against the richest part to prevent that loss, with the full backing of the party of its industrialists, bankers, and railroadmen.
But those conditions no longer obtain. If Texas seceded it would not seriously endanger the wealth of the rest of the country, though there would need to be a resetting of certain trade and ownership relations. And it would be a wonderful trading partner—it would rank 12th in the world in total GDP and its GDP per capita would put it in the top 10, and 12 per cent higher than the remaining United States. Of course, its defense industry might be hit hard if the U.S. didn’t want to support it any longer, and Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Bell Helicopter and the rest might lose contracts, but an independent Texas would surely be happy to build up its own defenses and be an immediate replacement for lost work.
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Unfortunately, … …
… … our foreign policy sucks. And, there doesn’t seem to be any way to get it changed.
So maybe we need to change the system.
Secession of one or more states, or groups of states, would give an obvious reason for a real “reset”.
Dump all these terrible “agreements” and become like the Swiss who do MYOB so well.
Dona Nobis Pacem
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