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Report from a Roundtable Held in Conjunction with the Policy Planning Staff of the U.S. Department of State The right to self-determination is proclaimed by numerous international documents, including the United Nations Charter and the Helsinki Final Act. However, this right has never been precisely defined and has thus come to denote different things to different peoples and governments at different times. To examine the complex self-determination issue, the United States Institute of Peace, together with the Policy Planning Staff of the Department of State, organized a series of meetings to help U.S. policymakers develop a response to self-determination demands. Experts on international law and state sovereignty discussed the right to self-determination—its origins, what it entails, and the nature of international legal language sanctioning and defining it. U.S. Responses to Self-Determination Movements: Strategies for Nonviolent Outcomes and Alternatives to Secession
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In the American end times, our government will take one of two forms. One possibility is that federalism will give way to an all-powerful central government. (In yesterday's global-warming thought experiment, this was the climate strongman scenario.) The other option is decentralization—in the absence of a unifying national interest, the United States of America will fragment and be supplanted by regional governance. America was designed to avoid these two extremes—to keep the states and the national government in balance. How is America going to end? Who most likely to secede?
Imagine Breaking Up The United States Updated June 13, 2009 12:01 a.m. ET Remember that classic Beatles riff of the 1960s: “You say you want a revolution?” Imagine this instead: a devolution. Picture an America that is run not, as now, by a top-heavy Washington autocracy but, in freewheeling style, by an assemblage of largely autonomous regional republics reflecting the eclectic economic and cultural character of the society.
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15 States including Texas have filed a petition to secede from the United States - Dallas Top News As of Saturday November 10, 2012, citizens from 15 States have petitioned the Obama Administration for withdrawal from the United States of America in order to create its own government. States following this action include: Louisiana, Texas, Montana, North Dakota, Indiana, Mississippi, Kentucky, North Carolina, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, Colorado, Oregon and New York. These States have requested that the Obama Administration grant a peaceful withdrawal from the United States.
The new issue of the National Journal includes a fun "what-if" piece on how the boundaries of the U.S. states might be better drawn if it were possible to do such a thing. Staff writer Alex Steitz-Wald writes: Federalism is a wonderful idea, but it can't be entirely realized with the current map. States are meant to act as "guardians of a common interest," as James Madison wrote in Federalist 46, but common interests—whether economic, cultural, or political—are often split by antiquated and arbitrary state lines. National Journal: "What if we redrew state boundaries?"
The 'United' States? A house divided Columbus, OH - In the wake of the 2004 presidential election, a satirical map of "red" and "blue" states became an instant online hit. On it you could find "Jesusland", or the states where George W Bush somehow convinced the populace that his part Calvin Coolidge, part Kardashian-marriage presidency deserved four more years (Mission Accomplished). Meanwhile, mostly to the north of these states, "The United States of Canada", was born, where Senator John Kerry windsurfed his way to victory. For those well versed in US history, the state-by-state breakdown possessed an eerie resemblance to another, more sombre, map: that of the free states, slave states and territories permitting slavery just before the Civil War.
The 1990s saw the rise and fall of the virulently antigovernment "Patriot" movement, made up of paramilitary militias, tax defiers and so-called "sovereign citizens." Sparked by a combination of anger at the federal government and the deaths of political dissenters at Ruby Ridge, Idaho, and Waco, Texas, the movement took off in the middle of the decade and continued to grow even after 168 people were left dead by the 1995 bombing of Oklahoma City's federal building — an attack, the deadliest ever by domestic U.S. terrorists, carried out by men steeped in the rhetoric and conspiracy theories of the militias. In the years that followed, a truly remarkable number of criminal plots came out of the movement. But by early this century, the Patriots had largely faded, weakened by systematic prosecutions, aversion to growing violence, and a new, highly conservative president. They're back. The Second Wave: Return of the Militias | Southern Poverty Law Center
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Imagine if German politicians, in order to bolster their chances of being elected chancellor, had to declare publically that they could see nothing wrong with flying the swastika, Germany's flag during the "War of British Aggression". Imagine if U.S.-born jihadists seized WMD and killed 300,000 New Yorkers. But instead of executing the insurrection leaders after their capture, the government dedicated highways and holidays in their honor. Welcome to the former states of the Confederacy, where the sesquicentennial celebrations have begun. Dr. Jonathan David Farley: The Confederacy Must Be Destroyed
At 9:02 a.m. on April 19, 1995, a 7,000-pound truck bomb, constructed of ammonium nitrate fertilizer and nitromethane racing fuel and packed into 13 plastic barrels, ripped through the heart of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. The explosion wrecked much of downtown Oklahoma City and killed 168 people, including 19 children in a day-care center. Terror From the Right: Plots, Conspiracies and Racist Rampages Since Oklahoma City | Southern Poverty Law Center
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Richard Greener: Republican Politics: The Concurrent Majority and the Stink of Secession in the Air Not since the glory days of our seventh vice president, South Carolina's John C. Calhoun, has the stink of secession been as strong as it is today. I can smell it. Maybe you can too. Calhoun, who is a pretty much forgotten figure in American history (lending credence to the truth that history is indeed written by the winners), had his moments of radical fame.
Middlebury Institute Excerpts from: Middlebury Declaration that came out of a Radical Consultation in Vermont, in 2004 We the undersigned participants of Radical Consultation are convinced that the Amerian Empire, now imposing its military might on 153 countries around the world, is as fragile as empires historically tend to be, and that it might well implode upon itself in the near future. Before that happens, no matter what shape the United States may take, we believe there is an opportunity now to push through new political ideas and projects that would offer true popular participation and genuine democracy. The time to prepare for that is now...
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Middlebury Institute/Zogby Poll: One in Five Americans Believe States Have the Right to SecedeSurvey finds 18% would support a secessionist effort in their stateNews and Blog Coverage of Poll July 23, 2008 UTICA, New York – One in five American adults – 22% – believe that any state or region has the right to “peaceably secede from the United States and become an independent republic,” a new Middlebury Institute/Zogby International telephone poll shows. The level of support for the right of secession was consistent in every region in the country, though the percentage was slightly higher in the South (26%) and the East (24%). The figures were also consistent for every age group, but backing was strongest among younger adults, as 40% among those age 18 to 24 and 24% among those age 25 to 34 agreed states and regions have secession rights. Zogby Secession Poll 2008
Liberal Exodus? (Blue State Secession With Poll) Rumblings on the Right Right now most members of the DKos community have most likely heard of the Christian conservative secession movement called Christian Exodus. Since Kos first talked about them on the main page they've settled on South Carolina as their focus point, showing the old saying is still true: "South Carolina is too small for a republic and too large for an insane asylum." Sorry Alabama and Mississippi, you just weren't nutjob enough.
Christopher Ketcham: Vermont Revolutionaries and the Rise of a Green Tea Party The most radical antiwar candidate in the US is not Dennis Kucinich or Rand or Ron Paul or any of the usual suspects. It's a 42-year-old Vermonter named Dennis Steele, who is running for governor of his state as an open secessionist. From what I can tell, Steele is just an average dude. He wears Carhartts and a baseball cap and drives a pickup truck and lives with his wife and two kids in a little Vermont village called Kirby (pop. 500), off in the wild hills of Vermont's Northeast Kingdom.
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