Two days after Donald Trump was elected president of the United States, two Portlanders have submitted a petition for a 2018 ballot initiative to have Oregon secede from the United States. On Thursday morning, Jennifer Rollins, a lawyer, and Christian Trejbal, a writer, filed the Oregon Secession Act. “Oregonian values are no longer the values held by the rest of the United States,” Trejbal said over the phone Thursday.
Meanwhile, California secession efforts are getting the backing of influential Silicon Valley moguls. The immediate cause is the election of Donald Trump. But there are deeper forces at work as well, as Ian Smith points out:
Harvard evolutionary biologist, Joseph Henrich, says that nation-states were created in order to harness man’s innate tribal psychology. So, when additional tribal groups are added to a nation, he says, things start to break down. Predicting the fate of “multinational states,” or states composed of large national groups, is easy considering their frequency; Yugoslavia, the Hapsburg Empire, the Russian Empire (as well as the Soviet Union), and the Ottoman Empire, are just a few examples. Each lacked both cultural unity and a shared historical memory and each were eventually divided up by independence movements.
Of course, none of this is news to longtime readers of this blog. Here’s what I wrote back in August:
No doubt the DC Empire is tottering. And Donald Trump’s loss could very well drive some states to secede. And with national identity and cohesion all but vanished already due to floodtide immigration, it’s unlikely other states will invade to force seceding states back in. But a more interesting scenario could arise should Trump win. Would California, New Mexico, and Massachusetts want to remain with The Donald in charge? That’s a possibility more likely to hasten the peaceable dismantling of this overgrown and outdated empire.
Interesting times. We got ’em.
From the Rebellion Blog Original Story