U.S. Independence Day seems a fitting time to consider Californian independence, of a sort. An initiative to split California into six new states is gathering signatures, aiming for a November vote. It declares California to be “ungovernable” and sets out a process for asking the U.S. congress to chop the state up into more tractable bits.
A considerable sentimental attachment to the Golden State aside, I like living in a state that’s one of the ten largest economies in the world: it’s a useful counterweight to also being a federal unit of the biggest economy.… More
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