Saturday, February 28, 2015

Texas Secession- A Long Shot?

Libertarians are notorious for being aloof or even hostile to involvement in any significant group activity with like minded individuals. Individualism runs deep in such circles.

This also seems to be the case with not just libertarians, but all those who view secession as a legitimate and desired action.

Russell Longcore discusses how such an aversion to organized activity or squabbling over minor differences is hurting the secession movement in Texas. He likens the challenge of channeling all these independent folks into a unified, political action to that of herding cats.

This should not come as a surprise because politics is the art of division, not unity or even compromise. Differences are always emphasized at the expense of similarities. Everyone has an agenda and the undying belief that their version is pure, unique, and undoubtedly the best. And, unlike in a world of true, individual liberty (anarchy), there is ultimately only one action allowed to occur. Political government offers only one, centralized authority within any arbitrary, geographical area and therefore, only one organizing principle is allowed.

Not only does this division make a consensus difficult among those that are otherwise allies, it makes it even more onerous to convince the general populous that a radical action like secession is rational, necessary, and doable.

Knowing this, I therefore predict that it will take some kind of economic calamity before your rank and file Texan considers secession as anything but a kooky, extremist, even treasonous idea.

There are too many hard core loyalists here, minds thoroughly brainwashed by state controlled education and reassured and directed by state controlled media. Abandoning the state collective that they’ve been programmed to love and obey is an easily dismissed option.

Then throw in the threat presented by thousands of ultra-obedient soldier slaves stationed at numerous terror cells (military bases) throughout the state- most willing to perform any human sacrifice necessary to preserve their worshipped, God-State deity (please ignore the Alex Jones’ nonsense that "The Troops" are "awakening").

True, an economic collapse would mean the neutering of the military’s DC masters and the end of their regular paychecks. But how would they react? Would they still follow orders from their now disempowered despot? Would they seek violent revenge against a universally perceived scapegoat? Or would they wise up and join ranks with the civilized?

Only a remnant few realize how starting the secession process now would minimize any pain and suffering that may follow. The challenge of convincing the clueless herd of that necessity offers a much different metaphor than herding cats- more like training a stolid turkey to drink falling rain without drowning itself.

Resistance is Mandatory

No rulers

No masters



Kent McManigal said...

A long shot, but a step in the right direction. I don't really do much to push the idea- seeing it as too unlikely to really spend much time on- but I am completely in favor of secession. Break The Beast into more manageable bits.

And, I love that you planted the idea in my head: military base = terror cell. I'm sure I'll start incorporating that one into my speech and writings. Thank you. It's so simple I can't believe I never thought of calling them that before!

Enlightened Rogue said...

Kent- When you observe and understand the reality of what the state actually is, you can make use of all sorts of terms statists and loyalists use to describe their opposition.
Just as statists describe you and me as “anti-government extremists,” turn the phrase back on them by describing them as “pro-government extremists.”
Kind of like you do with “anti-liberty bigots.”
Don’t mean to sound gloomy about Texas secession but the more I read and listen to the locals, the more pessimistic I get. Just read the comments on any news story about government or war. Very depressing.