Defusing a Second Civil War through Peaceful Secession?

secession, secede, peace, peaceful, graphic, meme, love, peaceful secession, hopeful future, graphic designSecession? Nullification? A second Civil War in the presently not-so United States of America? According to a historic and highly fascinating Abbeville Institute event that took place November 9 and 10, 2018 in Dallas, Texas, a number of influential American thinkers, political figures and activists gathered to discuss how peaceful secession and nullification could very well be one of the most important ways that Americans in the near future could potentially thrive. And despite the efforts of some, like (who had a supposed reporter by the name of Casey Michel visiting the event to lend their own predictable spin of distortions and omissions regarding the discussion), modern-day peaceful secession efforts could very well truly represent one of the ways to preserve our unique cultures and defuse the hostility and violence amongst different people groups.

As someone who has been involved in the secession and nullification movement (on both the left and the right) since around 2010, the Abbeville Institute was an event I personally couldn’t miss. Driving the 10+ hour trip to Dallas on Friday, opting to traverse the backroads through small towns, passing through the already somewhat seceded communities of native Americans in Oklahoma, and witnessing the flavor of life scattered throughout the hills and plains of the midwest, I couldn’t help but be thoughtfully impressed by the diversity of people that I encountered. Men, women, old, young. Black, White, Asian, Hispanic, Native American. Many areas could readily be seen as being predominantly Christian, with signs proclaiming the sanctity of life, or where one’s eternal destination might lay. But on the flip side in other more “progressive” urban areas, I could also see the glaring evidence of an unfortunate and obvious animosity between those who clearly don’t share the same views as their more conservative neighbors.

Of course, as we’ve all doubtless seen, our United States is just not that “united” anymore. Perhaps it never was. But with outbreaks of violence erupting across the nation, and a Cold Civil War of words, propaganda, elite news agencies, politicians and brother vs. brother views that best not be shared at family gatherings (lest angry words be exchanged and family members are forever snubbed for their right or left leanings), we ALL know something is wrong. But truthfully, for all of us whether on the left or the right, we just want to live in peace and stop having views we don’t like crammed down our throats.

Secession, Secede, America, Nullification, 2018Enter peaceful secession and nullification. Dr. Donald Livingston, founder of the Abbeville Institute, noted that in 1991, 15 states peacefully seceded from the Soviet Union and the world applauded. In Canada, Quebec nearly seceded in 1995, Scottish secession was narrowly defeated in 2014, Catalonian secession was voted on in 2017 and Brexit (the secession of England from the European Union) continues to be an important topic of discussion. “For over 2000 years, most governmental bodies were not much larger than the Athens city state. But since the French Revolution, governments have adopted attitudes of ‘monster states’.” The thought was that in America, new states or even city states – like Cantons in Switzerland – would be carved out of secession from older states. Says Thomas Jefferson to Dr. Joseph Priestley in January of 1804, Whether we remain in one confederacy, or form into Atlantic and Mississippi confederacies, I believe not very important to the happiness of either part. Those of the Western confederacy will be as much our children and descendents as those of the Eastern, and I feel myself as much identified with that country, in future time, as with this: and did I now foresee a separation at some future day, yet I should feel the duty and the desire to promote the Western interests as zealously as the Eastern, doing all the good for both portions of our future family which should fall within my power.

Allen Mendenhall, Associate Dean and Executive Director of the Blackstone Center for Law and Liberty at Faulkner University Thomas Goode Jones School of Law noted how we are all trying to find and develop a place we want to live in. Perhaps the fighting can be defused through decentralization. Not only are decentralized systems more responsive and efficient, but they invite participation and more of a sense of community. “People don’t respond to abstractions. They don’t enjoy wine by thinking about it, but through tasting and experiencing it.” Mendenhall explained in regards to community and political systems. “We think about our immediate families, communities, and how we might achieve victories through these. Not through faraway, abstract notions of government or televangelists. But through familiar spaces we all can participate in, experience and help shape.”

Secession, Nullification, Conference, 2018Jeff Deist, President of the Mises Institute, an advocate and writer for property, markets, and civil society; Kirkpatrick Sale, a left leaning anti-globalist who is the author of Human Scale Revisited: A New Look at the Classic Case for a Decentralist Future; Michael Boldin, Founder and executive director of the Tenth Amendment Center, an organization who has helped launch the concept of nullification into more mainstream political thought in America; and Dan Fisher, a former member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives who ran for Governor of Oklahoma on a State Sovereignty platform were also on hand to speak, discuss and answer questions regarding the issues of secession and the future of America.

Attending the event were around 100 individuals comprised of university instructors, medical and technology professionals, historians, young people and more. Numerous questions were asked about strategies in elevating this important discussion, as well as how active participants in decentralization might move forward in the coming years. Talking with many attendees afterwards, the event clearly exceeded expectations, and was an amazing opportunity to network and form friendships with others on both the left and right who are concerned about our society moving forward. Later that evening, a number of individuals had the honor of sitting down with Dr. Livingston, and sharing a meal with this titan of modern American philosophical thought. The discussion ranged from Tolkien and themes of Industrialization and Agrarianism in the Lord of the Rings, to how language impacts the perception of ideas.

Marcus Ruiz Evans, California Secession, Calexit, Yes CaliforniaAs Marcus Ruiz Evans, a more left-wing founder of the California Secession Movement “Yes California” noted (and who was conveniently and entirely omitted by report of the event at the time of writing this article), “We can’t sit on the sidelines. This isn’t a left or right problem. This an everyone problem!” Ruiz, who claims around 43,000 people support Yes California (also known as Calexit), with around 1/3 of Californians in general supporting secession, noted that the group often oddly gets side lined by the mainstream media. “But even if we may not agree,” Ruiz states, “we can support YOUR RIGHT – irregardless of left or right – to have your own community. We should be proud of who we are, and be able to live in peace.” Amen to that.

Note: Libertopia Graphics would like to extend a special thanks to Dr. Donald Livingston and the Abbeville Institute, as well as all the speakers who delivered such thought provoking messages on this timely and important topic. Thank YOU all!

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Galactic Imperium News FLASH: In a bid to leverage a few more critical youth votes, the Democrapic Party and various rich and powerful social media entities unveiled the above new ad on the eve of the mid-term elections. Says Flower Pharts, Democrapic Committee Chair Woman, “We really believe that this is a critical crossroads in our Mob-Rule Democracy. Either Millennials get out and vote, or we’re all Doomed!”

Pharts could later be seen shouting hysterically at a group of Generation Xers, admonishing them for being suspicious of authority and not giving a rip about “the man”. “It’s YOUR Fault we’re in this mess!” She screamed, clutching her hair. “The world teeters on the brink of disaster like it has on every other election cycle, and here Generation X sits and does NOTHING!”

Meanwhile, the Resputlican Party also attempted to warn voters the tragedy about to befall them if Democrapics were to gain any kind of influence in the Empire. In an event hosted across the street from the Democrapic HQ, Nate Nee O’Kahn gyrated and pranced about the stage bemoaning the horrific tragedies that would befall civilization if the Democraps were to win. “If you want to see Stalinist Gulags on every corner, just stay home and don’t vote for us.”

Note: The above advertisement and subsequent “news release” is a work of parody or satire, and is not to be taken as factual news. Although, if you already happen to get your news from MSN, CNN or FOX, then you probably already recognized this as a piece of *cough* fake news *cough*…:)

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Happy Halloween!

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Happy Halloween! Have a safe and fun time to those of you who enjoy the holiday. If you don’t, well – try not to get scared or creeped out by crazy Statists, zombie Leftists, devilish politicians and media ghouls. Also, don’t forget to check out the rest of our cartoons, libertarian artists interviews, cool t-shirts and a whole lot more from one of the world’s largest libertarian art sites! Our Store!

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The Largest Secessionist Conference in America!

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Are you tired of people from another State halfway across the country trying to dictate to YOU on how they think you should live? Frustrated by all the left vs. right nonsense that happens every time another federal election rolls around? If so, perhaps it’s time to start thinking optimistically about the future through your state peacefully withdrawing from a broken and abusive relationship! Break free from the establishment propaganda, and discover the truth from such exciting voices in America like Michael Boldin, Donald Livingston, Dan Fisher, Allen Mendenhall, Jeff Deist, Kirkpatrick Sale and Marcus Ruiz Evans!

From Abbeville Institute: “The secession of 15 states from the Soviet Union in 1991 was the greatest peaceful revolution in modern history. Secession and decentralist movements are firmly entrenched throughout Europe. Discourse of secession and state interposition to federal tyranny is now mainstream in America on the left and right. Are we witnessing a paradigm shift away from runaway centralization? Join us for a thoughtful discussion of secession and the prospects for decentralization in the United States.”  Lectures and Discussion Saturday, November 10 beginning at 9 am, break for lunch and ending at 4:30. Conference fee is $95 includes lunch, coffee, and cost of speakers. For those arriving Friday evening there will be a “meet and greet the speakers” gathering in the Bond Room for an informal discussion of the topic–add $25 to Conference fee. You may register online by clicking HERE.

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Looking for a totally unique idea for Halloween this year? Want to have some good natured fun at the Left’s expense AND get a few knowing laughs from all the cool people? If so, check out this exclusive mask design available ONLY at Libertopia Cartoons! Get ready for some fun around the town with libertopia’s NPC Mask, NPC shirts, NPC leggings and more! All you have to do is print off our NPC Mask (there’s an angry version available too), cut it out, glue it to some cardboard (stick glue is great), glue on a handle (hot glue works best) and you’re ready to go! If you do happen to use any of these for Halloween or whatever – just send us a photo via social media and we’ll share it! As always, have fun!

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A Hurricane of Hubris…

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The following article is shared from Dissident Mama, and makes a number of thought-provoking points that I think is more than a little relevant to libertarians, ancaps and voluntaryists. That and she also commissioned libertopia to create the above cartoon, which is pretty cool too. So, hope you enjoy!

Poverty is indeed predictable. According to economist Walter Williams, here’s how to bypass poverty: “Complete high school; get a job, any kind of a job; get married before having children; and be a law-abiding citizen.”

As a black man raised by a single mom, Williams rose up and escaped the projects himself. To him, and most clear-thinking people, no amount of emotional claptrap will change the reality that repeatedly making bad decisions will result in bad outcomes.

But when it comes to poverty, it’s all about social scientism, in which leftists make up entire ideologies they think will support their unrealistic theories. They create fictions in order to promote their progressive hocus-pocus and to hell with the collateral damage.

Take a Fakebook post shared during Hurricane Florence. It was written by Gwen Frisbie-Fulton, whose Twitter bio reads: “activist~writer~southerner~anarchist.” And not “anarchist” in the anti-government way, but more in the anarcho-tyranny, statist vein.

Ms. Hyphenated-Last-Name sure talks a lot about the import of fully funding public schools for a chick who’s supposed to be anti-authority. Then again, her profile lists her big issues as “homelessness, housing, women, ecology, egalitarian organizing.”

I gotta give her credit, though. She at least sends her son to a failing Title One school, where he’s part of the 15% of white students. That’s a serious commitment to “equality.”

Yet no mention of “boys” in her issues or “mother” in her bio. Fulton’s a grrrrl of the New South, casting off the shackles of tradition and embracing post-modern fallacies. Sad ’cause she’s a decent writer.

So, we’ve considered the source. Now let’s deconstruct Fulton’s words and the false and dangerous presuppositions they propel forward as fact. After all, when lies are wrapped in powerful language and tug at your heartstrings, it can be hard not to fall for them.

Read the rest at Dissident Mama: A Hurricane of Hubris

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