American Union?

I feel like I owe Larry Kurtz an apology because I called his comment incoherent and his syntax puzzling. I imagine it was a result of some copy-pasting trying to properly state and argue for a very ambitious idea in a very small space. I think it deserves discussion because I feel larger geopolitics are often ignored because they don’t fit neatly within party ideologies. Though I am pleased that the Chinese are getting richer, I am not comfortable with them developing geopolitical power equal to the United States. Kurtz had some suggestions to adapt to that.

Kurtz suggested two incredibly ambitious ideas – combining the current sovereign Indian nations of the United States into one non-contiguous State, as well as expanding American sovereignty & system of government to the rest of the continent.

As to the first: I feel like we have broken enough treaties with our indigenous nations; making them into a State would be in violation of all our agreements with them. That said, I think it is a decent idea for some of them to consider. Each nation is different and each reservation has different needs, but if some of them wanted to secede from the states of which they are part and form their own state, that’s an interesting idea. If all of them were in on the idea (a virtual impossibility), they would make up a decent sized state, with almost the same population as Montana. However, I don’t see how nations with different needs, different beliefs and different life experiences could govern a scattered state. On the other hand, perhaps some other sort of confederation could help increase their voices on the national stage.

As to the other proposal, if Mexico and Canada petitioned to become states (impossible? Yes.), I would support it, simply because I want the largest economy in the world to continue to be a Democracy, and we can’t remain the largest economy in the world at our current size unless most Chinese people remain in grinding poverty, which is both unlikely and would be an immoral geopolitical goal.

But I have two more reasonable suggestions. First, as I always propose, stop getting in the way of people becoming American citizens. Even if you have legal grounds for residence, the process is expensive, time consuming, and emotionally difficult. Rather than trying to make Mexico part of our country, why not just let whatever Mexicans, Salvadorans or whoever who want to be Americans do so in a timely manner? Second, we need a real NAFTA where not just capital and goods, but also labor, are able to move freely. What we have now gives corporations more power but does nothing to empower workers. But imagine if workers from throughout the continent (and hopefully eventually the hemisphere) could follow jobs where they would – the balance of power between the people and corporations would be heavily altered, and we could build one economy that could work more effectively in a global economy increasingly dominated by large developing countries.

Obviously neither of these ideas can be implemented all at once, but I think they are good goals. How about you all?

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  • That's an interesting idea Polish Wolf.

    I'd do it a little differently though.

    First, abolish the reservations, after all, the Indian Wars have been over for 100 years, (They lost) it's about time to make assimilation a reality.

    Second, we need to control our borders, just like every other country in the world.

    Do you have, or know anybody who has a DUI?

    They're not welcome in Canada.

    That's just one example, but compared to the rest of the world our policies are lax.

  • Ok, Eric. Abolish the reservations. Then give California, Arizona, Nevada, and Utah back to Mexico. After all, the treaty giving them to us is older than many of the ones establishing reservations. You can't just revoke a treaty because you don't like it anymore.

    Moreover, you don't seem to understand history. The 'Indian Wars' encompassed many years and many tribes, but not all of them. Many tribes never fought against the US and instead cooperated in exchange for their reservations and the rights given to them. Would you also revoke those?

    As to our immigration rules – are you suggesting that there are 5 million drunk drivers illegally living in America? Sure, I'm all for strict rules for who gets in, but by that I mean rules, not quotas. If the process for getting legally residence was relatively open and well-funded, and the bureaucracy quick and efficient, we could focus on the smaller percentage of illegal immigrants who we really don't want here while increasing the productivity of the ones who are doing just fine.

    And moreover, I'm calling your bluff on 'other countries'. Why can I go from Faro in Portugal to Tallin in Estonia (a distance of over two thousand miles) without showing a passport but I can't go from Vancouver to Seattle or from El Paso to Juarez without going through obnoxious and time-consuming customs? Think about what that does to what should be 'free enterprise'. Remove the barriers to capital AND to labor, and you build the world's largest economy. Right now Europe is moving forward while we are moving backwards.

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