I’m noticing more frequently posts along these lines. Go read it please. I had to read it twice to really come to grips with the dichotomy the author seems to be warring with.
And I do not agree with him.
In the post, he states that a break up is not possible, more specifically that any breakup would be fraught with peril and disharmony. That the US is not capable of a peaceful dissolution. I have to agree that initially it would be quite rough. As people grow accustomed to a lack of central command from a 10sqmile cesspit, things will settle down. Especially as the troubled will seek out likeminded enclaves as sanctuary from principled conservatives. (Assuming they survive that long)
That map he shows, has been published elsewhere and I have read several opinions on it, good, bad and indifferent, even one stating that Appalachia is going to have trouble due to lack of coastal access. My reply to all of those points is ‘look to Europe’. It is possible to have a peaceful neighbor as a nation state (Canada and Mexico come to mind as well) and it is possible to have a landlocked nation state that is quite successful (Switzerland anyone?)
The real question to me is “When”.
The only people I see getting off the porch are useful idiot’s that are payed and bussed in by one of Soros’ many cutouts. Granted, this may be in part to a Liberal ran media blackout of sorts. (I noted such back 2008 when the Cincinnati Enquirer had a 50 word write up buried in the society section, about the Tea party event on Fountain square that had over 5000 attendees. ) The only ‘stepping up’ I now see isnt ‘stepping up’ but ‘trying to raise awareness’. Seriously? As if a logical discourse is going to persuade a third generation welfare leech, or ‘convince’ that third year associate degree in basket weaving that they are deluded. Both types come preloaded with snappy slogans that are designed to shut down any discourse from word one.
Apathy has set in. Denial is rampant but decreasing, and I am seeing more and more acceptance of an eventual breakup. My two cents on that run along these lines. The longer it takes to happen, the more likely it will be relatively peaceful. Look at the potential dismantling of Kaliforniastan in the works. Its been coming since the 20’s of the last century. I find it amusing that the LA basin is completely split out by El Norte and El Sur. That parallels the notions I saw there back un the 90s. Will it happen? Anyones guess is as good as the next. Will it be peaceful? Probably, though there may be gang/cartel issues that would need dealt with, especially with the LA basin area. But I can see the yellow gangs heading north, the brown gangs heading south, and the black gangs heading east (chi-town, ‘lanta, D-troit, cetera.)or even stayin put: again, anyones guess. Then again, that ‘civil division’ could turn into a gangland turfwar with long standing repercussions.
With the dismantling of these ‘United states” back into “united States”, the longer term would allow the current evolution of Federal disillusionment to progress to such a point, that people have a chance to realize just how little they actually provide vs how much they take, and how much they impede, well, pretty much every aspect of our current world. Once the federal aspect is defunct, then people can start working at getting away from the megacorps that feed off of us, and at the trough of swill the feds provide.
Ha! Like that would happen. But one can dream. Heinlein likely had it right in his novel “Friday”. Where the government’s were fronts and the corporations really ran the show. Where Shipstone Corp and a myriad of sub corps handled politics by ignoring it, because they owned literally everything. “How do you nuke IBM? Where is it HQ really located, and what if there are backups of such? ” was one of the questions asked in that novel. Try it a more modern way. How would you ‘nuke ‘ Google? What doesn’t Google have its mitts in? How do you attack an entity that has ears in millions of households? In our very hands?(Alexa is it? Think it aint listening? Think your phone doesnt ‘read’ your texts? Mine does as I found out recently when I started getting ads for air valves n such after a technical conversation with a friend. Freaked me out pretty good too. Remember, Android is from Google, and I garan-damn-tee you privacy aint as high a priority to Google as it is to you. And to use their gear, you ‘sign’ a EULA, that only lawyers read, so you have agreed to allow them to collect anything that passes through your phone. Apple does the same thing on a smaller scale, but the end result is the same. Thats how they are able to offer such high tech at such shit prices, they sell info collected to offset the costs. What they sell is not in your control, other than not using those devices for that stuff you dont want the world knowing about. )(you can also confuzz the system by playing shenanigans with those devices: bogus conversation, oddball searches for impossible widgets, etc, just be careful.) We live in an information drivin society, even if half (or more)of that information is trivial snippits on fakebook/twitsrus about bowel movements and restaurant visits.
We havent quite hit the level of surveillance that the UK has, I havent seen an equivalent of Tommy Robinson here yet. Oh, but I can see it coming. I have accepted the fact that we are two different societies bound on one continent and a similar language, even though our dictionaries don’t agree. That language barrier exists even within a family group. (Another personal revelation that I wont go into here. I am certain you have encountered similar in your own group.) When this situation appears in history, it’s inevitable that a clash will happen. The tipping point is most often economic in nature, occasionally some other force like heavy immigration, or rarely (in the last 200 years or so that is) religious. And yet, we have an economuc collapse just waiting in the wings,,immigration that is clandestine, and obscured by many sources, and some of that immigration is of ‘religious exiles/refugees.
One could envision a perfect storm on the horizon with those ingredients. I dont think the last two will be the tip, but the first one, like a raging blackswan that snowballs. The last two points will only make the recipe that much spicier.
And yet again, I am likely so fuckin wrong as to be ridiculous.
I kinda hope so, actually. I want to be wrong about the bad stuff I can see coming. I’m 50sumpin and have zero desire to go into the breach again. Thats not to say I wont but damned if I wont try as much as possible to keep that from happening to begin with. I’ve worked on my weight, and am back to 185# like I was when I left the Marines. I’m doing the calisthenics again, walking a shit ton more, (knees say ” running? Aw hell NO!) And trying to get my wind back. I know years of abuse make that harder, but the lungs are quite resilient and can recover quite a bit more than say, oh cartilage in knees, so I work on what I can. (Paleo works! Don’t let the naysayers get to you, it does work!) I have my toys in place for the friskier days to come, but continue working on the contingency that things will only get worse before they catalyze into societal breakup. I stockpile books, mostly tech, but edu and fiction as well, and tools, always tools. Old tools from granpappys days prefered. I love the new stuff, but try getting a pair of brushes for a Dewalt drill nowdays, goodluck with that. My biggest sticking point is chemistry. Basic components tend to have a shelflife and a short one at that. Trying to find reliable manufacture methods (cottage industry level) can get frustrating. And believe me, about half of what you find on youtuber is gonna get someone blown through the roof of the bathroom. The filmer just got lucky IMO. (Note: recently made a couple batches of lye soap. Good starting point for home chemistry education, and useful as well. Side note: ticks n chiggers n mosquitos HATE lye soap! Wipe down with a soapy washcloth but dont wipe it off, no buggies, woohooo!)
And I am allowing my thoughts to wander.
Breakup, of these united states, back on the map of my post. I am watching things, as I stated above, and trying to fathom how/when things go TU. I really do not see it until after, potentially years after, the next primary. I’m thinking 2024 or 2025 is when things are going to start fragmenting and go well past the point of no return. (IMO we are already past that point, it is just gaining speed, and hasn’t hit terminal yet.) That prediction is subject to change of course, depending on what directions we go at each turning point. That in mind, I’ll be nearly 60. I am not going to be as hale as I was when I started this blogging thing, nor will I be as tolerant. I can only imagine what that will bring about.
Winter is coming.