The New Secessionists by Chris Hedges

by Chris Hedges
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
April 26, 2010

Acts of rebellion which promote moral and political change must be nonviolent. And one of the most potent nonviolent alternatives in the country, which defies the corporate state and calls for an end to imperial wars, is the secessionist movement bubbling up in some two dozen states including Vermont, Texas, Alaska and Hawaii.

These movements do not always embrace liberal values. Most of the groups in the South champion a “neo-Confederacy” and are often exclusively male and white. Secessionists, who call for statewide referendums to secede, do not advocate the use of force. It is unclear, however, if some will turn to force if the federal structure ever denies them independence.

These groups at least grasp that the old divisions between liberals and conservatives are obsolete and meaningless. They understand that corporations have carried out a coup d’état. They recognize that our permanent war economy and costly and futile imperial wars are unsustainable and they demand that we take popular action to prevent citizens from being further impoverished and robbed by Wall Street speculators and corporations.


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Chris Hedges spent two decades as a foreign reporter covering wars in Latin America, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. He has written nine books, including Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle (2009) and War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning (2003).


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7 thoughts on “The New Secessionists by Chris Hedges

  1. It seems the Texas seccessionists are quite different from the New Vermont Republic (tho I’d lov e to learn more about the latter!). You won’t likely get nonviolence out of texans, first order of biz is give that piece of desert and soon-to-be oilsoaked stretch of beach back to mexico.

    Likely VT is a proper province of Canada (where I’m running to as soon as amrigoon realestate becomes marketable again!).

    This nation was such a strange violent blood-soaked aggregation, from colonialism to manifest destiny and the modern bizarre amerigoon militaristic empiricalism.

    Was it Chomsker who reminded us that HI was a colony? And we watered the whole pacific with insane wasted blood, dropped the bomb twice over pearl harbor, when we shouldn’t have evenbeen there! Give it back to kamehameha (Capt. crook learned the hard way why can’t we?).

    We’ve caused untold misery keeping an impossible nation together, I question its reason for being so big, patriotism is a disorder. Everything in the EU changed borders for centuries, now it’s all irrelevent. The sooner the states become irrelevent the better, IMO.

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  6. chris…whoa, big fella! i am a native texan from nederland area. this is klan country, my brother. do not encourage these people. ever heard of vidor or jasper? i am not going anywhere these fellas wanna go. how about reverse engineering and deconstructing these malignant corporate monopolies for starters. any seperatist movement will degenerate into the mccoys v. hatfeids…i know these people…texasnexus

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