Okay, okay, that headline is my wishful thinking, and reflects my longing to see communitarianism (the connection between individual and community) transform libertarianism (primacy given to individual liberty). For communitarian examples, see Transition Towns, and what’s going on with Detroit.
Ecotopia: The Notebooks and Reports of William Weston is the seminal utopian novel by Ernest Callenbach, published in 1975. The society described in the book is one of the first ecological utopias and was influential on the counterculture, and the green movement in the 1970s and thereafter. The author himself claimed that the society he depicted in the book is not a true utopia (in the sense of a perfect society), but, while guided by intentions and values, was imperfect and in-process.
September 4, 2013
Proposed map of the new state Activist Post Yesterday the the board of supervisors to Siskiyou County in California voted 4-1 to start the secession process from the state citing destruction of rights and unfair representation in Sacramento.
The people of Siskiyou County, the northern-most county in California encompassing the Mt. Shasta region, are tired of having regulations, restriction of rights, and a lack of representation coming from the capital.
“Many proposed laws are unconstitutional and deny us our God-given rights,” resident Gabe Garrison said at the meeting. “We need our own state so we can make laws that fit our way of life.”
The Record Searchlight newspaper of Redding reports that county officials will seek support of surrounding counties to align with them to form a new state:
Siskiyou County would also invite other neighboring counties in California and southern Oregon to join in the effort to create a new state.
The secession movement in Northern California proposes that the new state be called “Jefferson” after Thomas Jefferson, the founding father most dedicated to the principles of liberty.
The full declaration of the Jefferson Statehood Project that swayed the board of Siskiyou supervisors is as follows:
WHEREAS, there are times in our history, when it is apparent that the political separation of one people from another becomes necessary, both for the survival of the one, as well as, the continued well being of the other.
WHEREAS, the Siskiyou Board of Supervisors recognizes the lack of representation for rural and frontier counties in the California Legislature and the Board is aware of an increasing tendency by the State of California to exercise legislative and fiscal malfeasance in the form of illegal fire tax, property rights violations, assaults upon Second Amendment rights, as well as, disregard for other unalienable Rights of the Citizens of Siskiyou.
WHEREAS, Agencies of the Executive Branch of the State of California are engaged in an attempt to remove four, fully functional, well maintained, hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River over the objections of the Board of Supervisors and those of a vast majority of the Citizens of Siskiyou County.
WHEREAS, State and Federal Agencies through the process commonly known as, “Sue and Settle,” have denied the County of Siskiyou, its businesses, and citizens, access to our most abundant natural resources, causing untold harm to our economy, as well as to our health and public safety.
WHEREAS, the Board of Supervisors for the County of Siskiyou, have come to the realization that the State of California is ungovernable in its present form.
IT SHALL THEREFORE BE RESOLVED, that the Board of Supervisors for Siskiyou County, would endeavor to make a “New Start.” This Board desires, with the involvement of our citizens, and hopefully, with the involvement of other Counties within rural California, to withdraw Siskiyou County from the State of California. This Board would “Start over,” by helping to form a “New State,” which represents the needs, provides opportunity, protects the rights, liberties, public health, and safety of the people of the new State of Jefferson.
Siskiyou County’s move follows another serious secession movement in Northern Colorado which includes ten counties and cites very similar reasons for seceding: These secession movements are being spawned by the undeniable encroachment of big government over local and individual rights. New Hampshire’s Free State Project, although not a secession movement, is another form of this peaceful resistance to the tyranny of central planning with a focus on the principles of individual liberty and non-aggression. It seems the more individual rights are violated by forced centralization of power, the more entropy it creates.
For video clip CBS news, go to http://www.activistpost.com/2013/09/norcal-county-votes-to-secede-create.html#rhC8GyEShSIKzC4f.99