A left-liberal at AlterNet, where nationalism is taken for granted, hashes out some of the nuts-and-bolts questions that would be involved if the so-called red states were to pursue secession.
Talk of secession is, of course, “pretty silly,” the author assures us. After all, everyone knows that the number of square feet that constitute the United States is absolutely sacred, and only the uppity and impious would even conceive of changing it. We also know it is absolutely impossible that a political unit could become so large as to be dysfunctional even by government standards. Impossible, I tell you. And it is always preferable, when a country is divided over important ideas, to force it to remain together so that one side may continually try to impose its ideas on the other, instead of letting each side govern itself on its own.
With that irrepressible bit of sarcasm out of my system, I still do find it interesting that a conventional left-liberal actually bothered to consider the issues that would arise if the Sacred Number of Square Feet were indeed ever challenged.