Lee Siegel has a screed over at The Daily Beast in which he invites the South, by which he means all of flyover country, to leave the Union–and in which he imagines how great his new North would be in the aftermath. Read the whole thing. I’m serious; go read it.
When you do, you’ll find these words describing his new, improved North:
In short, a society on a par with most of the rest of the industrialized world—a place whose politics have finally caught up with its social and economic realities.
More likely, he would wind up with a place where it’s social and economic realities finally catch up with its politics. Greece, Cyprus, California, …
Where will his new North get the electricity to run its cars? When the lights go out, will Mr. Siegel favor fracking in upstate New York or off-shore drilling in California waters to get the fuel to run power stations? Or will he support new nuclear power stations running on uranium? Will he favor mining the uranium deposits in the Pacific Northwest and development of a processing facility nearby, say at Hanford?
I doubt that the social situation in Siegel’s new North would be any better than its economy.
Although I now live in a blue state, I’m a native of Tennessee. If I thought that anything remotely like Mr. Siegel’s suggested future were on the horizon, I’d head for home as soon as I could.