Forty-five percent of Scots wanted to secede from Great Britain, and other secessionist movements are building up steam around the world (the Catalonians in Spain, the Flemish in Belgium, the Kurds in Iraq and Turkey, the Russians in the Ukraine, etc.). And according to a recent poll, almost a fourth of Americans would like their states to secede from the Union.
The would-be secessionists come from both conservatives and liberals. I haven’t noticed much nationalistic sentiment directed to one’s state or region, unlike in the Civil War days. (For one thing, the states and regions have become much more homogenized than they used to be.) Then again, I don’t notice nearly as much nationalistic sentiment directed to the United States of America anymore, unlike the broadly-felt patriotism of my youth.
Do any of you want to secede from the union? Could you explain why? [Read more…]