Pat Buchanan has written a useful summary article on secession movements in the United States. They are county-based movements. They are being organized by people who are fed up with centralization at the state level.
Some analysts on the Left also see it coming, as this article indicates. The author sees this secession as functional. He is correct. He sees the corporate state as conservative, not liberal. He is incorrect. The corporate state is not ideological. It is functional. It is based on control over the flow of funds and the flow of regulations out of Washington. Both were briefly reduced this month. That fact is the canary in the corporate state’s coal mine. It did not die, but it passed out briefly.
The fledgling secession movements described by Buchanan do not yet have a slogan. I suggest one: county rights.
The Civil War began over the issue of states’ rights. That issue was settled on the battlefield. The issue of county rights had been settled 70 years earlier in Western Pennsylvania in a short-lived revolt known as the Whiskey Rebellion. George Washington in 1794 briefly and symbolically led a federal army of 13,000 troops — mostly state militias — into the western part of the state in order to crush a tax revolt: a revolt based on barter and an alternative currency: whiskey. That was the only time that the Commander-in-Chief personally led troops into war. It was a war against counties.
There is an old political slogan: “You can’t beat something with nothing.” The secession movement can move in the direction of the right to switch allegiance to another state. Or it can move in the direction of creating a new state. Or it can move in the direction of reclaiming county rights as part of a national movement toward decentralization: decentralization of the economy and also politics.
There is not going to be secession by armed revolution in the United States. This is not Europe. This is not the former Soviet Union. America is homogeneous. Most Americans speak English. They watch the Super Bowl. They live under common law, except for little bits of the Napoleonic code in Louisiana. They use the same currency. They have Social Security cards.
In contrast, loyalties to local communities barely exist. It is easy to move. Americans move every five years or so. They can legally move across state lines. They pay no attention to county lines. A county line is marked by a small sign and a change in the color of the road’s asphalt — nothing more.
The only state-based visible barrier to entry in the country is the border of California, and only to those coming in: the fresh fruit check-points. Immigrants must surrender their fruit, which might bring in a disease. (Also, a truck full of fruit might compete with California fruit growers.)
Secession will require political training, just as the American Revolution did. This must begin at the county level. It should begin with a phrase: “county rights.” It should begin with a slogan: “Support your local sheriff.” It should begin with a self-conscious political effort to take back low-population rural counties. There are a little over 3,000 counties in the United States. Some of them can be won over to resistance mode.
Secession is not going to be revolutionary in the United States, but it could be functional. Functional secession needs working models. These will have to be county models. States are too large. They are extensions of the federal government. When state militias were made extensions of the U.S. Army in 1903, secession became impossible for states. (Note for conspiracy buffs: the man who engineered this was Elihu Root, who was Secretary of War under Teddy Roosevelt in 1903. Root can accurately be described as the first “Chairman of the American Establishment.” He was the first Chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations.)
Until Americans are loyal to their counties, secession will remain utopian.
If the central government can no longer send out checks or make electronic deposits into bank accounts. the voters will reject secession. The polls indicate massive support for keeping the federal government open, to keep those welfare checks coming. This demand for money from Washington is the mark of anti-secession. Money from Washington is hush money. It silences the call for secession.
The centralization movement that has been orchestrated by the federal government ever since 1788 is visibly running out of money. It will go belly-up: the Great Default. In the Great Default, the flow of funds from Washington will either cease or will not buy anything. That will be the window of opportunity for secessionists.
Secession must begin with this manifesto: “No more state or federal money.” Until local voters are willing to shut the door to the welfare handouts from on high, secession will remain utopian.
When the flow of funds ceases, the price of secession will fall like a stone. There is an unbreakable economic law: “When the price of something falls, more is demanded.”
Do a web search for this phrase: “county rights.” The first link is American Vision’s county rights project. That is where to begin a movement toward functional secession in your community.
You can prepare politically for the Great Default, or you can sit on the sidelines when it happens. I recommend the former.