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?