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Secession: an idea who’s time has come?

April 25, 2014

Several articles discussing the recent vote by Venice to secede from Italy.

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/arrivederci-rome-venice-votes-independence-referendum-n56996

“But ever since Veneto became part of Italy in 1866, resentment towards Rome has been growing steadily. Many in the region feel their wealth is unfairly squandered by the inefficient central government and that it is used to bankroll the poorer south. The referendum’s organizers say it’s time to cut the cord.”  and “But the main reason behind our need for independence is socio-economic. Each year we pay Italy almost $100 billion in taxes, but $30 billion of it never makes it back in the form of services to the region. The government squanders our money! We are better off taking care of ourselves.”

Here’s the naysayer:  “Veneto can’t survive by itself,” said Piccinetti. “If entire nations these days struggle to cope with the economic crisis, what would happen to an independent region? It’s a contradiction.”  I suspect that they’ll be FAR better off by themselves.

http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2014/03/europes-latest-secession-movement-venice/284562/

“On Friday night, people waving red-and-gold flags emblazoned with the Lion of St. Mark filled the square of Treviso, a city in the Veneto region, as the referendum’s organizers announced the results: 2,102,969 votes in favor of independence—a whopping 89 percent of all ballots cast—to 257,266 votes against. Venetians also said yes to joining NATO, the EU, and the eurozone. The overwhelming victory surprised even ardent supporters of the initiative, as most polls before the referendum estimated only about 65 percent of the region’s voters supported independence.”

and  “The situation frustrates many Venetians, who feel ignored and alienated by the national government. Veneto, one of Italy’s most prosperous regions, receives only five euros of government services for every seven euros it pays in taxes, with the remainder earmarked by Rome for regions in Italy’s poorer south. Independence could give the region as much as €20 billion in surplus revenue, according to the referendum’s organizers, and place Veneto among Europe’s strongest economies—at least on a per-person basis. An independent Venetian state would rank seventh in per-capita GDP among European states.”

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2586531/Venice-votes-split-Italy-89-citys-residents-opt-form-new-independent-state.html

“Campaigner Paolo Bernardini, professor of European history at the University of Insubria in Como, northern Italy, said it was ‘high time’ for Venice to become an autonomous state once again.

‘Although history never repeats itself, we are now experiencing a strong return of little nations, small and prosperous countries, able to interact among each other in the global world.’

‘The Venetian people realized that we are a nation (worthy of) self-rule and openly oppressed, and the entire world is moving towards fragmentation – a positive fragmentation – where local traditions mingle with global exchanges.’ ”

 

Scotland is trying to secede from the United Kingdom.  Apparently, there’s a vote in November to split away from the UK.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/scotland-secession-could-lead-to-re-balkanization-of-europe/2014/01/05/df076e94-578e-11e3-8304-caf30787c0a9_story.html

Listen to this statist interpretation:  “The re-Balkanization of Europe should give many pause. In a fragile, unstable world where problems and solutions are going global, going local would benefit no one. Separatism offers little by way of comfort to worried populations. It promises more strife and dissension.”  So, instead of the queen being able to boss around Scotland, she would need to convince them.  Scots would then have some autonomy and flexibility.  I can only see this as a great thing.  I hope it happens.  For all the fear-mongering, how would this be that different from Canada or India or Australia?  Functionally, it’s the same thing.  Maybe the Brits would miss the tax revenue from the oil off the northern coast of Scotland, or the tax revenue from J.K. Rowling.  I predict that this will be the wave of the future.

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2014/03/the-battle-of-scottish-secession.php

“There is a strong sense that the UK is evolving towards the US model, where you can never give enough to the top one percent,” Blair Jenkins, formerly of the BBC and now chief executive of the Yes campaign, told me when we met at the Yes headquarters in Glasgow. “A more collective sense of society, of looking out for one another, is a strong part of Scottish life.”

So the Scots are more leftist than the UK?  That bodes ill!

“Virulent anti-Israel sentiment also separates Scotland from England, though there is no reason to believe that this sentiment is a factor in the independence movement.”  This makes me wonder if the Mohammedofascists aren’t behind this movement.

I didn’t take the time to look up articles about the Catalonians wanting to be separate from Spain, or the Flemming’s seceding from Belgium.  I was more interested to read about parts of California wanting to secede, and parts of Colorado wanting to secede.  I think I’ve even seen one on parts of Washington state wanting to secede.

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/rural-colorado-residents-vote-to-secede-as-metro-areas-shift-more-liberal/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tag/california-secession

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2013/11/05/11-places-besides-north-colorado-where-activists-want-to-secede-from-their-state/

Interesting.  Looks like the notion of a big, all-powerful government isn’t nearly as popular as some might like to think.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. April 25, 2014 12:03 pm

    I vote for Texas secession! 😉

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