Deconstruct America Campaign

GRAEBER, David. "The United States: An idea whose time has passed"

United States (USA)GRAEBER, DavidGRAEBER, David (12/2/1961 - )

In the light of recent events I’d like to promulgate a proposal:

I remember reading in The Nation some years ago, after Dukakis’

defeat, that really we have to come to terms with the fact that

there’s two countries here, a scary reactionary fundamentalist

country called America and a relatively sane area which should

properly be referred to as Southern Canada. This most recent

election has made clear that the cultural and moral gap between these

two countries is simply unmaintainable. We are literally living in

different universes. Therefore I propose that the blue states all

immediately secede from the union and join Canada. Let’s make

it legal. There is, I think, a potential legal precent: if I am not mistaken the Turks and Caicos (sp?) islands are negotiating to join Canada even now. The results would be a contiguous nation. And the

advantages - even apart from the obvious one of freedom from

Bush and everything Texan -are endless. Consider:

* we’d all have health care

* we will be more, not less, economically viable as

the red states leach off our tax money anyway

* we would no longer have to lie and say we’re from

Canada when we go overseas; it will actually be true

* Canada can give up Quebec and it won’t really

matter much

* the new, scarier rump America will find it much

more difficult to terrorize the world since it will have half

the resources and population

with as far as I can see only one possible drawback:

* the (admittedly not inconsiderable) possibility of civil war

The other obvious problem with this plan is the resulting country -

the present vast expanses of Canada plus two fang-like

and densely populated extensions - would instantly

become the largest and wealthiest state on earth, in a

position, eventually, to become yet another predatory super-power.

For this reason it might be preferable to adopt an alternative

strategy, one I would dub the "deconstruct America" approach. California

and the southwest could go back to Mexico. It wasn’t legally annexed anyway.

(Texas in theory could too but I wouldn’t wish Texas on anyone.) The Great Plains are a disaster anyway, economically unviable, supported by massive welfare, and steadily losing population; I’d say give them

back to the Native Americans. This would mean a much smaller, relatively harmless rump America roughly equivalent to the former

Confederacy (minus Louisiana, if that’s fused onto Quebec, but

all that’s of course negotiable, and possibly Florida, which might

be better as an independent Caribbean-style state of its own, perhaps

something along the lines of Cuba.) The details of course can be

worked out. The point is that continent-sized super-states are simply

a thing of the past. The current election has demonstrated that they

are not viable, and are intrinsically, threats to world peace. Just as huge multi-ethnic empires like the Ottoman Empire or USSR have been breaking up over the last century in the name of democracy, the time has come that empires based on extirpation, rather than colonization, should really follow suit. A fundamentalist-dominated, aggressive, and militaristic rump USA could perhaps become a dangerous rogue state for much of the 21st century, particularly if ended up with most of the nuclear missiles - however as an anti-intellectual theocracy, it would probably, like the former USSR, soon loose the ability to successfully keep up with military technologies and become, effectively, containable. But one

thing is certain: this state would be a far smaller threat to world peace, or indeed human survival, than the current, obviously untenable, United

States of America.

David Graeber