Friday, January 2, 2009
Coming Soon: The Disunited States?
We’ve noted Dr. Igor Panarin’s views previously, and agree with some, and disagree with others. But now, other pundits are taking notice of Panarin’s conclusions that the United States is dissolving before our eyes, as Doug Bandow of the American Conservative Defense Alliance reports:
The Wall Street Journal summarized his views: "Mr. Panarin posits, in brief, that mass immigration, economic decline, and moral degradation will trigger a civil war next fall and the collapse of the dollar. Around the end of June 2010, or early July, he says, the US will break into six pieces – with Alaska reverting to Russian control."
How silly! When have mass immigration, economic decline, and moral degradation EVER led to the collapse of a government?
Well, ok, if you want to be nit-picky, they’ve caused ALL the oversized, multicult empires in world history to fall. But maybe the DC empire is immune to historical forces. Yeah.
Bandow sees many benefits from Panarin’s predictions:
Thus, today disunion might prove to be a blessing. If the Midwest wants socialism, with government control of manufacturing, then it should be separate from the South, which holds to a stronger if not exactly pure ethos of self-reliance. If California wants to be in the forefront of cultural relativism and experimentation, then it also should be separate from the South, which retains much of its heritage as home of the Bible Belt. The western mountain states prefer more of a rough libertarianism in economic and cultural affairs. New England and the mid-Atlantic states have their own cultural peculiarities and economic assumptions. If we can’t just leave each other alone, then maybe we should live separately.
And there are many other benefits to the return to human-scaled political systems. With its stranglehold on power and money, DC is forcing an artificial uniformity on over 300 million souls. Think of all the local expertise that’s shackled by DC’s one-size-fits-all mentality on the most vital issues, from education, to health care reform, to protecting jobs.
More important, the bomb-it and rebuild-it scam that fuels DC’s command-and-control system, though lucrative for power brokers and politically connected industries, is a grossly wasteful and inherently bloody and immoral racket. The military-industrial complex is clearly the single biggest source of chaos the world has ever seen, and it can only survive by feeding off a vast population forced to live under one artificially overgrown political system. Think what that trillion dollars that’s already dropped down the Middle East sinkhole in Bush’s wars could have done for the people of this country.
Big government is inherently aggressive and autocratic. If we are to reclaim our political liberties, we must scale back DC’s unnatural and unaccountable power. Local self-determination is the only answer.