Can you secede while still being in charge?

Brundle Guy writes:

Mike Lofgren wrote this article for The American Conservative asking if the wealthy elites in America have, for all intents and purposes, seceded from the union and created their own world while still governing and controlling the rest of us.

What think you, fellow Uncouthers? I’m particularly interested in Paleo Retiree’s thoughts, as I know he’s got an interest in the theories and culture of American Secessionism, and Glynn Marsh, as this made me think of her post on conspiracy theorists and “creating realities.”

There’s also some pretty feisty comments in the article’s talkback section that are worth taking a look at, if you’ve got the disposition for that kind of thing. It’s a fun little shitkicker of an article, so I figured I’d throw it to you fine folks and see what turns up! Let your voices be heard, Uncoutherites!

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5 Responses to Can you secede while still being in charge?

  1. Sir Barken Hyena says:

    He lost me at the beginning, here:

    “. But now this habit is exacerbated by the plutocracy’s palpable animosity towards public education and public educators, as Michael Bloomberg has demonstrated. To the extent public education “reform” is popular among billionaires and their tax-exempt foundations, one suspects it is as a lever to divert the more than $500 billion dollars in annual federal, state, and local education funding into private hands—meaning themselves and their friends. ”

    Wow, that is so wrong but I’ll give him points for imagination. I thought the charter schools I’ve been sending my kids to allowed me, a regular guy, to have an alternative. To think I was just being a tool of the plutocrats. And to find out the elites are actually against the clerisy and not in cahoots with them, amazing…


  2. Sir Barken makes an excellent point. That bit stood out like a sore thumb to me too, and I don’t even have kids. But generally speaking I think it’s a good, provocative piece. Hadn’t thought about secession from that point of view before, and I’m someone who thinks about secession a lot. Hey, everyone: whaddya say we secede from rich, abusive plutocrats! Plus the article has got many people thinking some unusual, outsidery thoughts, and that can’t be a bad thing.

    Didn’t realize the comments on it are fun. Thanks for letting me know about that — heading over to check them out now. What’s your own reaction to the piece?


  3. Back again. Wow, you’re right, that’s a smokin’ comments thread. Highly recommended. Amazing how many people see thru the Matrix these days, isn’t it? What’s likely to be the result of that?


    • Brundle Guy says:

      Yep, that’s what I was talking about, the piece is a real shitkicker. I certainly don’t buy everything he’s selling, but there’s enough there that it’ll definitely stir people up, as you can see by the comments.


  4. baduin says:

    The rulers of America are clearly very hostile to public education, presumably for multiple reasons – the two most obvious being racial hypocrisy and preempting possible competitors against their children. Obama’s mandate for equal number of punishments for all races will undoubtly finish the remains of public education.


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