As the Calexit movement begins to take traction and momentum, there seems to be two organizations that are pushing for California’s independence through its secession. However, two of the most notable organizations (Yes California and the California National Party) are actually not the same, and their reasons for an independent California are actually also very largely different.
For one, Yes California is a Russian proxy. As of right now, they have an ’embassy’ with the Russian government since December 18, 2016. Louis Marinelli is the face of it. The contradictions of naming ‘Yes California’ as progressive is hypocritical – after all, what kind of movement allies itself with a fascistic, right-wing government intent with squashing resistance in Russia itself? The obvious purpose for a Putin-backed secession is to disrupt the US enough for him to seize political geopolitical domination where the US would be occupied. It’s pretty genius really. Evil too.
Then there is the California National Party, which seems to be more genuine and grassroots in their attempts to reach an independent California. Complete with Facebook groups and occasional meetings across California, the CNP seems to be invisible from the limelight that Yes California is so eager to attain. I joined a Facebook group, just to see what’s up. Apparently, the Yes California leader is attempting to co-op the party, and telling supporters to join the CNP. In short, Marinelli is attempting to place himself in charge. So, looks like it all escalated rather quickly.
From other things I could gather with Facebook-ing, the CNP is busy trying to build their party. This is strategizing in winning local seats, and slowly, but surely, making California, in effect, a semi-autonomous country. It’s a more favorable approach, but though I will not/cannot support efforts to build ‘states’, its momentum can potentially increase the chances of interesting community experiments in autonomy.
That many “progressives” still believe in the Democratic party is telling on where California stands. The Democrats, who are all too busy in attaining power in DC, would never allow a stronghold to leave the country. Republican representatives, would never allow the most powerful economic state to leave the US – California, after all, is a source of subsidies for their own states, which is is ironic given the “welfare” mongering conservatives are usually yelling about. The CNP, a political party, would be subject to the political bureaucracy, but complete independence would entail a political party that is completely separate from the political establishment of the US.
Unfortunately, there are political forces interested in separating California. Right-wing interests would like to have California gone – but instead of having its economic prowess away for their subsidies and welfare programs, they’d instead like to partition California in tiny states, effectively crippling its economic and political power with a united state. Its something that the CNP has to watch out for; it would also be so like Yes California to support, if it means disrupting the US, serving as a perfect proxy for Russian interference.
What’s frustrating with my sympathies of a Calexit is the lack of media attention to the actual grassroots movement. I’ve been seeing Yes California being reported over and over again. I’ve also seen the partition scheme by the right-wing fantasy of breaking up the state as well. But hardly anything on the CNP – there are no peeps, no great media events. At least, not yet.
Yet, Calexit will be a failed attempt if its momentum is about construction of another state, beholden to another. The projects of nation-states is an arduous one – sometimes it may even become beholden to itself, and nationalism can wither away democratic procedures. The Calexit movement would probably be more effective in achieving local autonomy – a type of mix of Murray Bookchin’s democratic confederalism, with a renewed strategy in creating a cooperative federation. Wow, a Californian independence movement for democratic confederalism? One can dream right?