Thursday, November 29, 2012

Episode 112, To Secede or not to Secede

Within days of the Great Election, the White House website was deluged with online secession petitions from people in 30 different states.

What is secession? Is it simply "states rights", which has become a code word (or a dog whistle, if you are Chris Matthews) for racism?

Is secession a legal option? Is it a moral choice?

Those are interesting questions, but perhaps more importantly, is secession a practical possibility under today's circumstances? What would happen if, say, Texas, expressed a sincere intent to secede?

If secession by a state or collection of states is impractical under today's pre-Collapse circumstances, what alternatives are available?

 What about secession as an individual act? More practical perhaps?

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  1. Good podcast.

    You mention people would lose federal assistance if their state seceded. Wouldn't citizens immediately quit paying federal taxes if their state seceded and instead pay taxes to their state? There should be plenty of money to provide any assistance.

    Obviously the states would need to have plans in place ahead of time. Am I oversimplifying this and missing something?

  2. You make a good point, but the situation would be dominated by chaos, at least for a while. Most people don't directly control the payment of their federal income taxes. Consider federal withholding done by employers: Many people work for companies based in other states, and that withholding would continue.

    I think the secession of a state would unfold in a series of chess moves in a matrix of chaos, and what happens to taxation would be one of those moves & sources of chaos.