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A Dramatic Rethinking of Geographic Boundaries and Economic Responsibility

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Posted on Jun 19, 2009

Paul Starobin, author of the new book “After America: Narratives for the Next Global Age,” says a dramatic rethinking of geographic boundaries and economic responsibility would greatly improve the U.S. and states like California.

Starobin suggests that America’s broke, ill-governed and way-too-big nationlike state, California, might be saved, truly saved, not by an emergency federal bailout, but by a merciful carve-up into three republics that would rely on their own ingenuity in making their connections to the wider world.

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By Kevin Cantu, October 31, 2009 at 12:28 pm Link to this comment
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Jim, click the link and a browser window will launch. 
It runs an applet which downloads an MP3 which you can
listen to for free.  Like radio.

Strobin’s idea of splitting California into different
countries is entertaining, but, to put it kindly, I
think this discussion falls far short of justifying
such extreme measures…

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By Jim Wilson, June 24, 2009 at 8:39 am Link to this comment
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I’m disappointed.  As a geography major whose home is California, I was eager to read what Starobin says about California.  Instead, I find that I would have to kneel the the latest god of podcast.  I don’t want to do this.  In fact I still read newspapers and books.  I have also been reading on the net since Commodore and appreciate what it has, but I refuse to fork out money for an iPod and listen to podcasts, (don’t know if they are even related).  I was educated as a reader of print and as a listener of music.  (My Dad was a Jazz trombonist, so I appreciate real music, Jazz and the Big Band Era.  I’m rather conservative in my taste for music, but LIBERAL, that is RADCAL, the the ROOT sense, in my Politics. I saw FDR in person when I was a kid and he is my HERO). I resist every attempt to draw me into the Commercial Empire…  Jim

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