Thursday, September 26, 2013

Larry Kilgore's Secession v. My Abolish the State Referendum

The big problem I see in Larry Kilgore's proposed secession is as follows:

Let's say that for 150 years, you've been next door neighbors to a family of 7' tall basket ball players.  Way back when, the two families built a basketball court together, but no body knew where the property lines were 150 years ago, so there is a possible dispute in where the property line would be in the event of hard feelings.

As the years went bye, the 7' tall basketball players began to encroach upon your family.  They would take your newspaper off your front porch and never let you read it.  The relationship began to sour, as each generation of neighbors became more and more oppressive/ violent.

So you decide one day to build a fence and run the neighbors off.  But they think the property line is 6" inside your basketball court.  So the violent battle ensues.  Blood is spilled, as in all secessions.

On the other hand, if you just stop showing up to play basketball one day, the 7' tall basketball player family gets curious and knocks on your door to see why you are  not out playing.  You explain that they are abusive and violent.  They steal your newspaper, etc.  So, you don't want to show up to play the game with them anymore.  You just "abolish" the relationship.

This doesn't mean that you can't reestablish the relationship with the neighbors in the future.  You might never want to reestablish the relationship.  But you have made it clear that the future will be different than the past and that you are in complete non-violent control of the relationship.

If Mr. Kilgore want's secession, he will get blood in the streets for his effort, as all secessions do.  If he wants to break away from the federal Marxist oppressors and thinks he will carry the basketball home without bloodshed, he will find Marxist oppressors here in Texas called, Republicans and Democrats, who will fight for that ball.  But if he wants peace, then he must peruse a path that does not leave property in dispute.  Abolishing the State of Texas simply means that we are not coming in tomorrow, not funding our enslavement another day, and this is Gandhian.  This is Truth-centric, and that which comes from Truth is Peace.

Gene Chapman 
Tolstoyan-Gandhian Libertarian Candidate for Texas Governor
(Endorsed by Dr. Noam Chomsky, Intellectual fo the Age)