The evidence continues to mount that the world’s countries have grown to an inhuman size. But perhaps the tide is turning.
Abroad, Mr Buchanan lists these peoples as actively trying to affect a separation:
Dutch-speaking Flanders wants to cut loose of French-speaking Wallonia in
. Francophone Quebec, with immigrants from Asia and the Third World tilting the balance in favor of union, appears to have lost its historic moment to secede from Belgium . Canada
Among the Corporate States of
America, he speaks about the secession movements in Northern California, Northern Colorado, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Vermont, and Western Maryland. Of the last of these, Mr Buchanan writes,
While many Red State Americans are moving away from Blue State America, seeking kindred souls among whom to live, those who love where they live but not those who rule them are seeking to secede.
The five counties of Western Maryland — Garrett, Allegheny, Washington, Frederick and Carroll, which have more in common with West Virginia and wish to be rid of Baltimore and free of Annapolis, are talking secession.
The issues driving secession in
are gun control, high taxes, energy policy, homosexual marriage and immigration. Maryland
Scott Strzelczyk, who lives in the town of
Windsor in and leads the Western Maryland Initiative, argues: “If you have a long list of grievances, and it’s been going on for decades, and you can’t get it resolved, ultimately [secession] is what you have to do.” Carroll County
And there is precedent.
Four of our 50 states —
Maine, Vermont, Kentucky, — were born out of other states. West Virginia
Considering that he did not need to mention the more well-known secession movements elsewhere in the Empire -
Alaska, Hawai’i, , and the other Southern States in general - to fill out his article, this is a hopeful sign indeed. Texas
Mr Buchanan's essay, ‘Is Red State America Seceding?’, is available here: