Texas Secession

So, a lot has been made of Texas secession lately. I remember a few years back living in Austin and running into many folks who loved this idea, albeit in a sentimental notion only. It’s easy to understand why it is so tempting today. I don’t really think it’s in the cards, but I will say that there are reasons it’s a popular idea in Texas.

Here’s the marketeers take: Most Texans have much higher trust of Austin politics than Washington’s. And while the culture of the USA is embracing relativism to such a degree as to be indistinguishable from a “generalized global culture,” the idea of being a Texan has a much clearer brand, good or bad. So it’s the combination of a greater degree of trust (and in turn affinity), a more tangible brand, and the obvious economic turmoil which together drive such a “radical” idea to the forefront of social consciousness.

In plain English, we’re tired of dealing with stuffed shirts who sound good on TV and who obviously screwed a bunch of stuff up (and won’t admit it much less deal with it), we think of Texas as home, and we’re probably better off on our own anyway.

Sure, its still just a sentimental notion, but that’s how a lot of big changes start.


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