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posted by martyb on Wednesday November 23 2016, @05:25PM   Printer-friendly
from the you-can-go-your-own-way-♩♫♩♫ dept.

Supporters of a plan for California to secede from the union took their first formal step Monday morning, submitting a proposed ballot measure to the state attorney general's office in the hopes of a statewide vote as soon as 2018.

Marcus Ruiz Evans, the vice president and co-founder of Yes California, said his group had been planning to wait for a later election, but the presidential election of Donald Trump sped up the timeline.

"We're doing it now because of all of the overwhelming attention," Evans said.

The Yes California group has been around for more than two years, Evans said. It is based around California taxpayers paying more money to the federal government than the state receives in spending, that Californians are culturally different from the rest of the country, and that national media and organizations routinely criticize Californians for being out of step with the rest of the U.S. 

Could California go it alone?

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  • (Score: 2) by BK on Thursday November 24 2016, @04:21AM

    by BK (4868) on Thursday November 24 2016, @04:21AM (#432269)

    Personally, I have long thought that secession should be a fundamental right. More, it should be encouraged.

    Well... that gets you to the libertarian paradise. Every person is entitled to be their own nation-state. The extent of that nation-state is whatever they are willing and able to defend with force against all would be takers. Everyone can do whatever fuck all that they want unless someone is prepared to invade and stop them.

    I won't speak to the justice of Cali or Texas or Catalonia or Kurdistan, but if you defend secession as a 'fundamental right' then you are saying that nobody but himself should be able to tell David Duke what he can do on his land. Are you prepared to disavow David Duke's fundamental rights?

    ...but you HAVE heard of me.
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