there's an argument that two weaker states are better than one stronger state. but i can't say i buy it. plus there's no guarantee they would be weaker, instead of differently strong.
the southeast has to be one of, if not the, largest concentration of boot-lickers and warvangelicals singing always in tune to 'support our troops,' counting football rosaries to 'U!.S!.A!' when the feeling of the Lard overtakes them while watering the grasses of law-n-order in front of max-pen full of those...um...er...'criminals' and 'thugs' overwhelmingly with roots ripped up from the 'dark continent' (slavery's not issue? who you kiddin' bro?)stereotype? sure. but given i have roots there, was born there, and within the last five years returned there and ran like hell out of there when the opportunity arose...fuck it...i'm cool with having a bit of prejudice toward what i encountered over and over and over.
p.s. and if you wanna question my roots down yonder, my great, great fought in toombs/benning's brigade all the way through.
You make it seem rather simple, but as AF pointed out, southerners, mainly the white ones, are all about 'Murica, meth, pabst blue ribbon, white jesus, and the earth is flat and surrounded by giant ice walls or it's 5,000 years old. Chattel slavery isn't gone, they just call it chain-gangs or something else now. Southerners are pretty much over of their loss and only really bring it up when mentioned specifically. This is your average southerner. :Pwarvangelicals lol. I'm going have to remember that term.
i don't care if the pacific northwest was seceding to form ecotopia; i would not support any state, regardless of location, origins or size.
"autonomy" and "state" are absolutely contradictory, in my world. they can only be not so when the individuals that constitute the state are melded into an abstract mass with the false unity that leftists are so desparate for.
"But what if to do nothing was to support the existing state?"
the idea that "doing anything is better than doing nothing" is severely flawed imo. voting is one thing many people "do", and i'd say that is worse than doing nothing, especially in terms of supporting a state. and then, what does one mean by "do nothing"? the impact of one's actions on the existence (and strength) of a state is usually negligible at best.
"Wouldn't that be support of oppression by a state on people who no longer want to be a part of it?"
it is up to the people who no longer want to be a part of it, to figure out how to change their lives so that they are no longer part of it, or at least minimizing their part in it. if bringing down the state is the only option they can see, i wish them luck. but we all know how successful that has ever been. meanwhile, individuals (including groups of friends/comrades/allies) can choose to live differently - in ways that minimize the impact of the state on their own lives.
i reject the activist/liberal concept of representing the "oppressed" and acting on their behalf. we are all oppressed (to varying degrees), and it is up to each of us to fight that oppression in whatever ways we choose. including gathering allies when it makes sense.
here's to unmediated life and relationships! fuck states and every other abstracted system of power and control.