Is Marijuana the Gateway Drug to “States’ Rights”?

This article in a Fairbanks, Alaska newspaper reminded me of something I’ve considered before; when the Feds (three-fourths) “gave in” on marijuana, first “medical” but on a whole new level, “recreational,” did it open a floodgate to states asserting their independence in other areas?

Sen. Mike Dunleavy, R-Wasilla, also brought up the issue, pondering what grounds the state had to ignore federal law. He took the argument to its extreme, asking if the underlying justification to ignore federal law might give the state leeway on other, resource development-centric issues.

“If we have a law, do we follow the law? If we choose not to, who gets to decide we don’t follow the law,” he said. “I think it opens up all kinds of possibilities for Alaska to ignore the EPA, ignore the Endangered Species Act.”

Exactly. Though the senator may oppose marijuana legalization, he’d love to defy the Feds on a host of other intrusions in the state. Washington DC, under the first President who admitted he inhaled, didn’t have the grit or guts to bring the hammer down at the first sign of states disobeying the supposed “supreme law of the land.”

obama-marijuanaWeed is a crack in the façade the Feds have maintained since 1965, or maybe since Eisenhower sent the 101st Airborne to Little Rock in 1957. The National government’s domination of American life rests on fear, the fear of prison or financial ruin should a citizen violate one of a myriad of statutes, regulations and “rules.” There have been periodic rumblings from the beginning of the constitutional republic, from the Whiskey Rebellion to the American Civil War. But the Feds have always asserted absolute supremacy, with guns if necessary, until states started doing their own thing with Mary Jane.

Washington and Lincoln would not have approved, but of course our last few presidents since legal weed became a thing have not exactly been of that caliber.

For now, the Feds will doubtless defend with their last cartridge Prog must-haves like homosexual “marriage” and racial quotas and “sexual harassment” laws, but their curious cave-in on people smoking the ganja for fun opens up a whole new chapter in the ability of states to go their own way on other issues.

I predict that within 5-10 years states will control more of their own affairs, more of their resources and have more room for legal experimentation–because, marijuana.

 

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Predicting the Future I

As Land said, “succinct perfection from Fernandez.” (Again).

It will be interesting to see how it plays out.  The dominant ideology of the elite is based on a paradigm that is vanishing before our very eyes.  Perhaps its vanished already, but they just don’t know it. The socialist systems of Europe are dying on their feet.  The most amazing thing about their American admirers is their continuing belief in a socialist future rooted in the past.

The balance of probability suggests that government will become less important over the next 10 years, though many states will not surrender its prerogatives without a fight. After all, a great deal of that missing $1.5 trillion in Europe represents political corruption. But those governments which survive will focus on providing the essential state services: maintaining sovereignty, controlling borders and delivering public goods.

The states which dabble in irrelevant atheistic, 19th century social engineering are probably going to have a hard time surviving. Ironically the nation whose vision naturally conforms to this is the the United States. The “hundred year old document” which the Left habitually dismisses as irrelevant may turn out to be the key map for the future; a future in which non-state actors are dominant, where the word “God” becomes relevant again in a universe where Demons are suddenly real.

Regular, or occasional, readers here know that Neal Stephenson had a very similar picture of how things might develop, almost 20 years ago. Thus the title of this blog.

I’m working on a longer piece about how the great speculative fiction (sci-fi) authors of the 20th century already did brilliant exploration of issues that may seem new to younger portion of the NRx. Meanwhile, as Wretchard points out, there are going to be myriad opportunities to break free of centralized Cathedral government in the next few years.

We must be prepared to take them.

 

Review: Neal Stephenson’s “The Diamond Age”

This is intriguing; the name (and subtitle) of Die Gallantly come from Heinlein (Time Enough for Love) and this recent post reviews The Diamond Age. Moreover, we end with a quote that led me to take up the “Neovictorian” moniker over 10 years ago. It’s worth restating:

But Mom broke up with Brad; she didn’t like craftsmen, she said, because they were too much like actual Victorians, always spouting all kinds of crap about how one thing was better than another thing, which eventually led, she explained, to the belief that some people were better than others.
– Neal Stephenson

Die Gallantly

Lacking any moral code, they confuse inevitability with Right.
– Neal Stephenson, The Diamond Age

I don’t usually do novel reviews here, though I alternate between fiction and nonfiction in my reading. There are a couple of obvious reasons to change that: I write fiction, I hope to make money from it, and I have fiction-related goals on the blog.

The other reason might not be quite as obvious, and it ties so nicely with the particular book in question that I wish I could say I’d planned it.

In The Diamond Age (or, a Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer), Stephenson tells the story of a very young girl named Nell – a ‘thete’ (read: welfare-class. ‘thete’ refers to landless freemen in ancient Greece. Appropriate, but I digress). Nell is living a typical poor child’s life – an unreliable mother and her carousel of abusive boyfriends leave her to be…

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Demography and Dysgenics: The Challenge of An Ebbing Tide

Since I couldn’t have said it better myself; in addition to the whole great post, this is very much in line with my thinking:

“What is the solution to this ebbing tide of human potential? Nothing more complex or difficult than the assembly of interconnected networks of resilient and dangerous communities (R&D Communities). Such networked communities serve as repositories of existing knowledge and technologies, and provide a place for open inquiry and experimentation/innovation.

“When the global demographic crisis has worked itself out — no doubt in a very gruesome manner, thanks to Putin and other latter day Napoleons — a significant number of R&D communities will be in position to re-build technological and scientific civilisation.”

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The developed world is getting older. If a nation can attract very high quality immigrants, it will better withstand the ageing and dying away of its high IQ populations. But the nations that are inundated by violent, non-productive, low IQ populations — via immigration and via differential birthrates of immigrants — will feel the pain of paralytic contraction, increasing poverty, and ever higher rates of violent crime.

Brian Wang provides an interesting graphical look at the future of US demographics in the 21st century.:

The non-Hispanic white population is projected to peak in 2024, at 199.6 million, up from 197.8 million in 2012. Unlike other race or ethnic groups, however, its population is projected to slowly decrease, falling by nearly 20.6 million from 2024 to 2060.

Meanwhile, the Hispanic population would more than double, from 53.3 million in…

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Snow Crash, The Feds and Irish Democracy

While Neal Stephenson’s book The Diamond Age (TDA) obviously features in the title of this blog, today’s exploration will touch on his earlier work Snow Crash, and its (generally compatible with TDA) techofuturistic vision.

I urge anyone who seeks Dark Enlightenment to read these two books. Long before the deep implications of the Computing Age were really clear, Stephenson envisioned them with remarkable clarity and detail (von Neumann, Ulam, Turing and others also envisioned them way back in the 1940s and 50s, but that’s for another time). They’re also highly entertaining to an intelligent and discerning reader.

No doubt, this applies to each and every reader of this post.

All flattery aside, to the matter at hand; in Snow Crash, an occasionally mentioned second-tier actor is something called “the Feds,” which is our own beloved USG, still hanging around as a small percentage of its former Bad Self, still in possession of dangerous weapons, but mostly disregarded as a major player. The government has been unable to control the Metaverse (think Web. 4.0) and consistently enforce the “law” (and more importantly, collect enough taxes).

This Glenn Reynolds column, wherein pot legalization in the states of Washington and Colorado, and passive resistance to Obamacare everywhere, are compared to “Irish Democracy,” is telling. Variations of the word “nullification” are bandied about by the Instapundit without any apparent guilt or dread of jack-booted thugs descending on his home or office, and he features this quote from Two Cheers for Anarchism:

One need not have an actual conspiracy to achieve the practical effects of a conspiracy. More regimes have been brought, piecemeal, to their knees by what was once called ‘Irish Democracy,’ the silent, dogged resistance, withdrawal, and truculence of millions of ordinary people, than by revolutionary vanguards or rioting mobs.

It’s real, and it’s happening now in the USA, the UK, and to a lesser extent in the EU. The NSA revelations have shown the deepest/darkest organs of the government both menacing and incompetent, and the piteous US Congress and especially the metrosexual faux professor occupying the Office of the President inspire the least respect ever held for USG in its 225-year history. More importantly, the least fear.

Despite majority opposition, Congress is poised to pass, and the President to sign, some sort of illegal alien “amnesty” this year. Far from dreading it, the Neoreaction should be relishing the coming train wreck. Almost certainly, some states and localities will take some sort of “nullification” measures, leading to additional threatening rhetoric from DC and more hard feelings by the folks in Flyover Country. This can only help to bring closer the day when “the Feds” will be shadows, and city-states based on neoreactionary ideas will be a reality.

On Implementation

It happens that More Right posted on Ingredients Needed for Reaction to Work a few days ago.

Developing the theme of this blog a bit more: If we desire to actually live under a regime more congenial to our NR nature than the USG (or God help you, the EU) we need a practical vision for implementation; while Anissimov outlines a very realistic structure (similar to the way the Founding Fathers ran it), I note he doesn’t take the next step of pointing out the schwerpunkt.

I see these options, either currently available or becoming available during the historical/technological developments of the next 10-20 years: 1) Taking over the machinery of an existing nation-state; 2) Taking over the machinery of an existing U.S. state (something like the Free Sate Project); 3) Seasteading/Spacesteading 4) The NR as a world-distributed phyle a la The Diamond Age; 5) A city-state in America 3.0.

I will develop each of these in a separate post. For the moment, 4) and 5), or a combination of the two, seem the most practical. But I am interested in reasoned commentary on 1), 2) and 3) as well.