Monday, December 29, 2008

Russian Academic Predicts US Disunion

Today's Wall Street Journal has an article about a Russian professor that is getting a lot of attention because of his prediction that the current economic crisis will lead to a break-up of the United States in the year 2010.

He predicts that economic, financial and demographic trends will provoke a political and social crisis in the U.S. When the going gets tough, he says, wealthier states will withhold funds from the federal government and effectively secede from the union. Social unrest up to and including a civil war will follow. The U.S. will then split along ethnic lines, and foreign powers will move in.

California will form the nucleus of what he calls "The Californian Republic," and will be part of China or under Chinese influence. Texas will be the heart of "The Texas Republic," a cluster of states that will go to Mexico or fall under Mexican influence. Washington, D.C., and New York will be part of an "Atlantic America" that may join the European Union. Canada will grab a group of Northern states Prof. Panarin calls "The Central North American Republic." Hawaii, he suggests, will be a protectorate of Japan or China, and Alaska will be subsumed into Russia.
Goodness! That is quite a prediction. I suppose I should mock this, but then they laughed when the collapse of the Soviet Union was predicted...

I guess it could be worse. Here in Ohio I'll take being subsumed by those evil Canadians over some of the other options...

HT to Pascal

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At Monday, December 29, 2008 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

too bad this guy doesn't understand anything about US demographics and motivations. i can see independent states, but ceding control to China or Mexico? and Idaho joining up with California for anything?

 
At Monday, December 29, 2008 , Blogger Cartophiliac said...

Basically, it is envy and resentment over the fact that they lost the cold war... and their empire.

 
At Monday, December 29, 2008 , Blogger Izixs said...

At the very least I'd have Utah being on its own, and Kentucky/Tennessee not joining the atlantic bloc. The south probably wouldn't be to happy with being under a Mexican thumb either.

 
At Monday, December 29, 2008 , Blogger Cartophiliac said...

Yes, it is quite silly.

I do not think it is out of the realm of possibility that an economic crisis could wreck this country. No one is completely immune to cataclysm... but his notions of HOW the country might divide show extreme naive ignorance of American regional differences.

 
At Tuesday, December 30, 2008 , Blogger Michael5000 said...

I, for one, welcome our new Californian overlords....

 
At Tuesday, December 30, 2008 , Blogger Rex Parker said...

I'm sorry, NY and S. Carolina are in the same bloc???? Clearly this person has never ... been to or met anyone from either of these states.

rp

 
At Saturday, January 03, 2009 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

this guy is nuts...he know nothing about the us....We are all american from the state of.....What I mean is w ae irst americans and then rom some state. Also, he doen't get the clear fact that american from all states have been moving around the country for 100 years o more and who's to really say wnat sae your from...I grew up in Michigan but I leae in Hong Kong...hummm where do I go for my new state or country...he nuts ...R

 
At Saturday, July 25, 2009 , Blogger Big said...

Should Operation Ophelia fail after catastrophic events or another breakdown of the USA were to occur, it would only be a matter of time before China's 400 million fit for active duty soldiers participated in a massive eastward land grab. Canadian, Mexican, UN influenced areas? Steamrolled by the People's Liberation Army.

 
At Friday, October 23, 2009 , Blogger Timechick said...

lol, I think it more likely Mexico will fall under Texas influence. Oh wait, much of it already has...

 

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