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Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016 at 12:41 PM
Secession is the departure of a group or community from a larger organization such as a state, province, country, or empire. Talk of secession has increased since Trump won the presidential election. Secession is the correct response to the election of Trump. States, regions, counties, towns, and cities should secede from the United States. Cities and states where most people did not vote for Trump must secede from the US. The United States is not worth saving.
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President Trump will bring oppressive, right-wing policies to places where most people did not vote for him. There are irreconcilable differences between people who voted for Trump and people who did not vote for Trump. Separation of the opposing sides is the best way to deal with irreconcilable differences. Secession would make separation formal and long-lasting. Places that are seceding from the US should seek international recognition as independent countries and should be shown on maps of the world as independent countries, not as part of the US. Places that are seceding should ask for help from people, countries, and organizations outside the US. Places have permanently seceded from the US before. The last time secession happened in the US was 1994 when Palau seceded and became an independent country.
Nobody should listen to people who tell us to work with Trump, to stop protesting him, or to accept him as president. Secession is an effective way for oppressed groups such as minorities and the poor to defend themselves from the federal government, hate crimes, exploitation, and police brutality. It is time for progressives, radicals, anarchists, leftists, environmentalists, feminists, vegans, and socialists to join forces, set aside their differences, and push for secession. California, Illinois, New York, and other blue states should secede from the United States. In Miami most voters chose Clinton. If Florida won't secede then Miami can secede from the US by separating from Florida and joining an alliance of states and cities that have left the US. Indigenous tribes whose territory is in the US may want to secede at this time and we should help them. Places that have seceded should be autonomous communities that can decide how they want to live. Autonomous communities may need to form a military alliance so they can defend themselves from people who oppose secession. Places that have seceded should take in refugees and other people who are trying to leave places that are under control of the federal government.
We must secede now because the federal government will never give us the reforms we need and here’s why: Obama’s reforms were blocked by Republicans, Sanders and Clinton lost the 2016 election, the US will be divided between progressive Democrats and conservative Republicans for another 50 years if not longer. There will be no progressive reforms coming from the federal government because Washington, DC will be controlled by Republicans or will be deadlocked between Democrats and Republicans for a very long time.
The 2016 election gave the Republicans control of the White House, Congress, and the Supreme Court. We should secede now because the federal government will probably be controlled by Republicans for the next 10-15 years and maybe even longer because of gerrymandering, the Electoral College, and voter suppression. The Republican Party will do everything it can to maintain control of the federal government for as long as possible. Secession is the ultimate check on the federal government’s power. For secession to be a credible threat that the federal government takes seriously, large parts of the US will actually have to secede now and never rejoin the US in the future.
Secession must come before revolution or reform. We cannot have revolution without secession because secession would give us the territory we need for revolution. We can’t have revolution or reform if we don’t have any territory.
This is not a time for intellectualism or the writing of books. This is a time for physical action in the streets. There is a proposal in California to put secession on the ballot in 2019 but 2019 might be too late for secession. Secession needs to happen before 2019. The reason we should secede now is that waiting gives the Trump regime time to consolidate its power. Oppressive regimes such as Trump’s government need to be confronted when they first appear because the more time a regime has to consolidate its power: the stronger the regime will get, the longer the regime will last, and the harder it will be to bring down the regime in the future.
When I was a kid I remember watching news coverage of the break up of the Soviet Union. Secession is possible in the US because in 1991 the Soviet Union broke up. It was illegal for territories to secede from the Soviet Union but it happened anyway, and it happened quickly, about three years after the first mass protests in 1988. The first protests called for reform not secession. The Soviet government in Moscow was opposed to secession until the very end but mass protests were successful at breaking up the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union, like the United States today, was a superpower with nuclear weapons, a large military, a large police force, and a big prison system, but in the end the Soviet Union failed at using the military and the police to keep itself together, and it is unlikely that the US could use the military or the police to keep itself together if a mass movement for secession happened.
The break up of the Soviet Union was made possible by mass protests in Moscow in 1991. Beginning on January 20, 2017, the Inauguration, millions of people should come to Washington, DC and demand secession, the break up of the US. Mass protests all over the country will make secession happen sooner. Protests in Washington, DC should keep happening until the secession process is complete. Large protests in Washington, DC that go on for months or years will have a demoralizing effect on politicians in the federal government and cause them to eventually accept secession. Protesters should demand that places that secede get their share of the federal government’s money and military weapons.
Know your rights. The First Amendment, which gives us free speech and freedom of association and assembly, makes it legal for people in the US to talk about secession, to join secessionist organizations, and to participate in meetings, protests, and movements for secession. To secede we don’t need Trump’s permission or the federal government’s permission. Few countries have gained their independence legally. Most of the countries in the world today became independent illegally after a unilateral declaration of independence without the permission of the country or empire they seceded from. History is full of times when a territory became independent by separating from a country or empire. Secession is a normal human behavior that has been happening in all parts of the world for thousands of years. Secession is a human right that we all have whether or not a government says it is legal. To secede is not a crime, it is self defense.
Here’s two reasons why people should try to secede even if it is illegal:
1. Law is not the same thing as ethics. Law is not ethics and ethics is not law. Law is the use of force by a group of people who physically dominate most other people in a certain territory. Ethics is knowing the difference between right and wrong, and choosing to do what is right. Ethics is a discussion about right and wrong.
2. Words such as crime, criminal, law, illegal, and legal are used to control everyone, to stop social change, and to control protests about political, social, and economic issues. When we think about something or talk about something we should try to determine if it is right or wrong, we should not try to determine if it is legal or illegal. If secession is right but illegal then people should try to secede because it is the right thing to do.
Seceding is about growing up. A child grows into an adult and leaves their parent’s house. States, cities, and other communities need to grow up and leave their parent’s house: the United States. People need to stop worshiping the American flag. People’s attachment to the American flag is immature.
Here are the Saint Paul Principles that were written in 2008 by organizers of the protests against the RNC:
1. Our solidarity will be based on respect for a diversity of tactics and the plans of other groups.
2. The actions and tactics used will be organized to maintain a separation of time or space.
3. Any debates or criticisms will stay internal to the movement, avoiding any public or media denunciations of fellow activists and events.
4. We oppose any state repression of dissent, including surveillance, infiltration, disruption, and violence. We agree not to assist law enforcement actions against activists and others.
Anonymously written in November 2016. This writing can be copied, posted, translated, and distributed without permission from the author. Post this all over the internet. If this doesn’t get approved for posting on a certain website then post it as a comment to an article about Trump, post it on social media, or email it to people.
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