Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Off-site Post: ‘Louisiana As an Independent Country’

Thanks to Mr Mark Thomey for giving us his original essay to work with, and to Mr David Rockett for helping with revisions.  Though written mainly to Southerners, we hope all the States in the unnecessary Union will find it helpful. 

For most Southerners who’ve suffered through twelve years of government schooling, and successive years of media indoctrination, the above statement probably appears ridiculous.  Some years ago, a friend brought up this idea with some of his co-workers at the engineering firm in Louisiana where he worked.  One young man, a recent graduate of Louisiana Tech University, sarcastically replied, ‘Oh yeah, and go from being one of the poorest States to one of the poorest third world countries.’  But would that necessarily be the case?  Let’s take a more critical look at Louisiana and see how the statement of my friend’s former colleague fares. 

‘Small is Beautiful’

In the Yankee mentality, bigger is better.  Part of their argument for holding this vast empire together by force is that in order to be a viable, stable country, we have to occupy a sizeable chunk of this vast piece of real estate called North America.  However, does the reality surrounding the existence of many of the countries of the western world support this notion?  Let’s see. 

Louisiana covers an area of 43,562 square miles.  That makes her only slightly smaller than Greece (50,942 sq. mi.) but larger than Hungary (35,919 sq. mi.), Portugal, Austria, The Czech Republic, Ireland, The Netherlands, Switzerland, and Belgium (11,780 sq. mi.).  I dare say that no one in their right mind would declare any of the countries listed above to be unstable or unviable; especially since many of them have existed as countries for centuries longer than the united States.  If, in typical, condescending, Yankee fashion, you would argue, ‘Yeah, but those are rinky-dink countries,’ (I suppose this is a slap at their lack of superpower military status), then consider that Louisiana is one-half the size of the United Kingdom and one-third as large as Germany (neither of which have been slouches in the military power game).  On the population side, Louisiana ranks just below Ireland (4.72 million) and well below The Netherlands (17.0 million) for tenth on my list of ten at 4.68 million people. 

This places fair Louisiana in very good company compared to some of her potential neighbours, so the size argument is refuted.

It’s the Economy Stupid!

Some of you may recall this phrase being bandied about during the Clinton administration.  There is a kernel of truth in it, though, as a portion of the stability and viability of any country is achieved by its commerce at home and with other nations.  This is the crucial attribute which can make size irrelevant.  Let’s look at Louisiana’s income potential.

Louisiana’s gross domestic product (GDP) of $246 billion would make her 45th out of 211 countries, giving her a place in the top 25 per cent of all nations – in the same league withHong Kong, Ireland, and Chile.  This is not a bad place to begin.

 . . .


Holy Ælfred the Great, King of England, South Patron, pray for us sinners at the Souð, unworthy though we are!

Anathema to the Union!

No comments:

Post a Comment