Secession of the Atlantic States?
Our goal is to foster greater regional identity and cooperation, and encourage a movement towards greater economic and social integration. Through opinion letters, press releases, and the endorsement of like-minded candidates for political office, our goal is to emerge as an influential advocate of the policies we believe will enable a smooth transition to the emerging realities of 21st century North America, and make the Northeast more prosperous and socially content than ever.
This website is intended as a call to action among the region’s citizenry. In it, we advocate a series of reforms and policy initiatives based on the regionalization of the country’s political leadership and bureaucratic administration. As in business, politics operates best when fitted to proper “economies of scale". An emerging reality in the United States is that its immense size and ever-increasing regional diversity have overtaken its ability to produce any national consensus on areas of political, economic, and social importance.
We view regional diversity in the United States as one of the many great attributes of the US. What we find disturbing, however, is the inability at the national level to redress many of the social and environmental ills facing us as both a distincitive region and as Americans in general. We believe that a regional approach to various issues is one answer to circumventing the inability of the US legislative and executive branches to address and correct.
Issues of regional importance include:
These are the major issues that this website aims to promote. We believe that secession is hardly a solution to the problems we aim to redress.
That said, however, there are national policies of great significance that are at odds with the generally progressive character of Northeastern values. The invasion and occupation of Iraq is a primary example. We believe that the solution to increasing demand for oil both domestically and around the globe does not lie in imperialist adventures or the subjugation of the peoples of the Middle East and the seizure of their natural resources. Instead, we believe that national policies akin to what we've proposed above provide the only solution. War has resulted in disaster; each day it continues represents a deepening catastrophe for the people of Iraq and the Middle East. The continuation of the untenable war in Iraq will lead to yet further disasters that imperil all of us.
Other serious concerns include the overall crisis of American national politics, of which the Iraq War is a consequence. The two major parties (Republican and Democrat) are largely aloof from the daily life-concerns of Americans in general and Northeasterners in particular. Our proposals outlined above, we believe, are much more "street-level" than the politics pursued by both parties. Additionally, both parties are engaged in anti-democratic practices like barring third party candidates from gaining access to state and local ballots.
We believe that a regional party, or a regional political bloc, can have significant impacts on national policies. We also believe that a regional party or bloc with a platform akin to what we've outlined above would find salience and support far beyond the Northeast.