It stems from a great pride in their states having kept their cultures somewhat intact and unique from the rest of the Union along with a can-do attitude and a belief that the people of the state could sustain themselves without the rest of the country.
Hoover Institution - Policy Review - Al Qaeda's Fantasy IdeologyIn all fantasy ideologies, there is a point at which the make-believe becomes an end in itself. This fact is nowhere more clearly exhibited than in the Italian conquest of Ethiopia.
Any attempt to see this adventure in Clausewitzian terms is doomed to fail: There was no political or economic advantage whatsoever to be gained from the invasion of Ethiopia. Indeed, the diplomatic disadvantages to Italy in consequence of this action were tremendous, and they were in no way to be compensated for by anything that Italy could hope to gain from possessing Ethiopia as a colony.
Why invade, then? The answer is quite simple. Ethiopia was a prop — a prop in the fantasy pageant of the new Italian Empire — that and nothing else. And the war waged in order to win Ethiopia as a colony was not a war in the Clausewitzian sense — that is to say, it was not an instrument of political policy designed to induce concessions from Ethiopia, or to get Ethiopia to alter its policies, or even to get Ethiopia to surrender.
Ethiopia had to be conquered not because it was worth conquering, but because the fascist fantasy ideology required Italy to conquer something — and Ethiopia fit the bill. The conquest was not the means to an end, as in Clausewitzian war; it was an end in itself. Or, more correctly, its true purpose was to bolster the fascist collective fantasy that insisted on casting the Italians as a conquering race, the heirs of Imperial Rome.
Secession, for most of those hoisting it's banner, is nothing but a prop for arguing states rights.
I get it.
But what is the cost of fueling this fantasy now?
Those who stnd under this flimsy looking banner think there is no cost other than to gain attention. Only in the years to come will we see the true cost.
This is a terrible ploy to use to make the point about state's rights.
Texas doesn't have the truck nuts to seceed. Half it's population will flee if it were to try, it can't compete on a global level with its oil by itself and other than that I don't see what resources it's going to use to drive it's economy as an autonomous country. They are going to be landlocked and cut off from the national grid, so without taxes to support solar heating and hydroelectricity it's not going to have running electricity or useful domestic defenses. The taxation it will require to sustain itself will be higher than it already is now.
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"I believe in a Spinoza's God who reveals himself in the harmony of all that exists, but not in a God who concerns himself with the fate and actions of human beings."
--Albert Einstein, 1929
If I don't got it, you don't got it, got it?Originally Posted by President Barack Hussein Obama's Inaugural Address