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thomryng
10:59 am - Why Arcadia?
I thought it best to get the ball rolling with some essays or fragments thereof for general discussion by whomsoever stumbles into this community.

The Department of Homeland Security will please note that this is an intellectual excercise only. Honest.

Why succession? Beyond the Red State / Blue State dichotomy, there are fundamental problems with governing a Republic the size of the United States.

In addition, two hundred years of experience in the American experiment has shown some non-trivial flaws in our Constitutional system.

The United States is too large, too corrupt, and too undemocratic to govern effectively and with due attention to maintaining the liberties of its citizens.

Let me be clear that I favour a federal, parliamentary republic for Arcadia with a strong Bill of Rights.

Further essays will touch upon my ideas of government. Other, and conflicting ideas, are welcome. Because discussion, argument, and finally consensus is how anything is built.

A brief note on the white rose: I chose this as the provisional symbol of Arcadia becuase it was the symbol of the German resistance to Hitler. The green background represents the great environmental heritage of the west coast.

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From:dejablu503
Date:November 7th, 2004 03:19 am (UTC)

Of course....

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You would have to have a zero immigration policy for Arcadia to keep it from getting complicated.... or over-crowded
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From:oatmeal
Date:November 7th, 2004 11:48 am (UTC)
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secession?

and why a republic instead of a democracy or a communism? And what rights will be on this bill?

and are you familiar with the Cascadia party?
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From:thomryng
Date:November 7th, 2004 03:22 pm (UTC)
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Why not a democracy? I assume you mean direct democracy, rather than the representative kind you get in a republic. I don't think it's actually possible to have true democracy in any group you can't get into one room. It's inefficient, unwieldy, and unlikely to get anything done.

And can you imagine running a country by chat room? Yikes!

You also have the issue of time - to make informed decisions about every possible topic requires a great deal of research. In a country the size of Arcadia, it would be a full-time job. Not everybody has that kind of free time, or that level of interest.

Communism: I always thought that this was an economic system, rather than a system of government.

I think I (partially) answered the rights question in this post: http://www.livejournal.com/community/free_arcadia/1166.html#cutid1. But feel free to start a post where we can start listing these specifically.

I am familliar with the Cascadia party a wee bit, though I'd love to learn more.
From:rayne_vandunem
Date:January 14th, 2005 12:14 am (UTC)
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umm, i operate the other Cascadia community, which has nifty links to both the website of the CNP and the Cascadia yahoo group.
From:dphearson
Date:November 7th, 2004 01:21 pm (UTC)
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Hmmmm....

Yes. But the thing is, what of the 48-49% who sacrifice their time out of their lives to vote and do the right thing? Should we throw the baby out with the bath water?

On the other hand, I find it interesting that the states that recieve the most federal welfare also voted in Bush's favor. Is there a connection?
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From:thomryng
Date:November 7th, 2004 03:24 pm (UTC)
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I think we should have universal sufferage - I just don't particularly like the way the US constitutional model has evolved into its present form.

I absolutely think there's a welfare/Bluestate connection. The statistics are pretty damning, but I'm not sure what exactly the cause/effect relationship is.

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