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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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