For the sake of argument, let’s say that it’s possible for the USA to break up peacefully.
I’d like you to think about the mechanics of that for a second. Not the legal, “Article V” (or whatever) stuff; I mean the nuts and bolts of things like infrastructure distribution. Who gets the federal buildings, the arsenals, the nuclear weapons? If we go with the ancient legal principle of “possession is 9/10ths of the law,” we’ve just made Wyoming a global superpower… and if we don’t, do you really think those now nuclear-armed hotheads in Cheyenne are going to give up their Minuteman IIIs without a fight?
[Forget peaceful collaboration. If we liked or trusted each other enough to have a joint nuclear defense force, we wouldn’t be splitting up in the first place].
As always, we’d be wise to let history be our guide. As it turns out, there’s precedent for a globe-spanning military-industrial superpower breaking up peacefully: The USSR, in 1991. That’s our best case scenario, y’all. How’s that working out?
In reality, of course, the dissolution of the USA would be nothing like that of the USSR. For one thing, for every low-rent “national liberation” movement like the PLO that was totally dependent on regular arms deliveries from the Eastern Bloc, we have entire nations dependent on us for their military security. Israel, obviously, will get invaded from every side the minute the Article V convention sits down, at which point it will turn all its neighbors into self-lighting glass parking lots. It didn’t matter that Poland, say, didn’t get any more Soviet tanks after 1991, because if Germany wanted to get the band back together in Warsaw, they’d have to rent their panzers from us. Vladimir Putin, who actually has all the tanks that were supposed to get shipped to Poland, is under no such constraint.
And so on down the line. The dollar is still the world’s reserve currency, no? Remind me: What state is Ft. Knox in, and what part of the Neo-Neoconfederacy will they belong to? How about the global information infrastructure? Does Nuevo Nuevo Mexico (formerly Southern California) get that? Or will the People’s Republic of the Pacific Northwest get Silicon Valley?
The US won’t break up, peacefully or otherwise, because it can’t. That’s the end of the fucking world, and if we don’t see that now, wait until the situation really starts to heat up.Loading Likes...