The recent failed Scottish vote to secede from the United Kingdom has re-ignited the debate in America over secession. A new Reuters/Ipsos poll found that 1 in 4 Americans were open to secession, and that is likely a conservative number considering the mainstream test sample.
According to the poll, roughly 23.9 percent of Americans polled from Aug. 23 through Sept. 16 said that they “strongly supported or tended to support the idea of their state breaking away“, while just over half, 53.3 percent said that they strongly opposed the idea, with a large number of respondents also being undecided. In total, 8,952 people responded to the poll.
Last night, the world learned that Scotland would remain under British control, but the vote was actually very close. with just over 44% voting for secession, and just over 55% voting to keep things as they are. Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond spoke to supporters after the vote, saying that the fight was not over.
It seems that in the not so distant future, America and other countries may be seeing their own secession votes as well, and maybe someday people will even choose to secede down the individual level.
Sad about the Scotland vote, but nothing will stop the trend toward the dissolution of the nation state and its empires. Even this vote showing 44.7% want out weakens the empire. The next and obvious question is: why should the 44.7% be forced into a union they do not want? Where is the morality in that?