63 thoughts on “Open Thread X”

  1. Trick is convincing Mexico to be annexed:P 40% wanting to live in the US is still 60% that doesn't.

    That could change, though. NAFTA and other cooperative agreements could swing the numbers in annexation's favor. Or the 40% could gradually concentrate in the maquiladora, creating a geographical split in Mexico and resulting in the north seceding and joining us.

  2. “That could change, though. NAFTA and other cooperative agreements could swing the numbers in annexation's favor. Or the 40% could gradually concentrate in the maquiladora, creating a geographical split in Mexico and resulting in the north seceding and joining us.”

    I think that would be smart. The EU is expanding into the former communist countries state-by-state… no reason the Constitution can't absorb Mexico the same way.

    Excellent catch, Jayson!

  3. I read some advice for new bloggers just before I started tdaxp. I wish I could find it again. But I really remember was “post every day.” I have tried to follow that line.

  4. I guess it depends on what you want out of blogging. Personally, the “traffic aspect” is great but the best element of blogging is connectivity and the sharing of ideas. To this extent I'd say participation in commentary is paramount to invite and build a sound intellectual framework. Find those that entail a semblance of your message and get involved and soon you'll find yourself quite busy interacting.

  5. Jay,

    /Excellent/ comment.

    My goal has been to find where I'm wrong, both where I contradict myself (which I was certain I was doing) and where I'm simply wrong, as well.

  6. “I think that would be smart. The EU is expanding into the former communist countries state-by-state… no reason the Constitution can't absorb Mexico the same way.”

    Start with Baja California. The rest of Mexico doesn't really care about it anyway. You've got 2000 miles of beach front property that would suddenly be a lot more valuable if it were in the United States. The lessons learned integrating Baja into the US could be useful later.

  7. Although “where he's wrong” is usually accompanied with such a bewildering amount of caveat and arm-waving as to make the first President Clinton appear direct.

    :)

    BTW, reception details posted.

  8. Mark, I can see where you're coming from after reading that FT coverage Barnett linked to. And I can see where the increased demands for better services could conceivably lead to Baja switching to the US; if the Mexican government becomes an insurmountable obstacle to the service and security improvements the residents (Anglo and Mexicano alike) want, secession might be attractive.

    I'm doubtful, though, about the notion that the rest of Mexico doesn't care about Baja. No insult to you, just cynicism about human tribalism on my part; care to elaborate?

  9. Regarding groundrocket:

    The blog that tdaxp spun off from is gone?!?

    Regarding Mexico:

    A piecemeal integration of Mexico would be helped if the residents of the northern Mexican states felt more secure in their property under the US Constitution than in the Mexican political system. This can be achieved through political instability in Mexico, either through large differences in growth rates between the north and the south, or other mechanisms.

  10. Yeah, it got to be too much of a hassle not updating it. I don't have things to say, so I feel a blog is unnecessary. Pretty much the reason for abandoning MySpace, etc. as well. If I have a particular topic, I'll post a guest editorial, but when no one replied to my “I lost my cell phone, please email me your phone number” post, I figured it was a lost cause.

    BTW, back from DC. The Pentagon after hours is pretty boring. Lots of doors, lots of hallways. Lots of walking. I'm not at liberty to say how I was in the Pentagon after hours, but let's just say it involved attempting to fly with an expired driver's license.

    Unrelatedly, Bush is the greatest President, ever.

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