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The New Country

Catholicgauze, gnxp, and Voxeu all link to a map of Old and New countries… that is, regions where most of the ancestors of today’s populations lived in the same region 500 years ago, and those that did not. Predictably, Europe, Asia, and Africa are all old countries, while United States, Canada, much of South America, and Australia are new countries.

But look at Mexico. Mexico the largest ‘old country’ in the new world, and exception to her neighbors

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The United States is three times larger than Mexico and has a faster population growth rate. The integration of Mexico into North America is a generational effort in the spread of globalization, and the building of a stable North America. America will enjoy more political, educational, and social safety and stability — and more control over her own destiny — when the effective borders of the culture, education, and polity of the United States are sensible.

Whether the 30-some Mexican States are added to the Untied States ultimately matters less than whether it is as easy to move between the US and Mexico, find work, and do business as it is between Germany and France, or Colorado and Wyoming. The legal, cultural, and educational apartheid between the United States and Mexico is perhaps the greatest long-term threat to the United States in the western hemisphere. It must be done away with. Our absorption of Mexico must continue.

Potential work for a sysadmin

Those who oppose completing the COIN cycle in Iraq make it harder to develop a force that can help with this:

Mexican Cartels and the Fallout From Phoenix | Stratfor
Late on the night of June 22, a residence in Phoenix was approached by a heavily armed tactical team preparing to serve a warrant. The members of the team were wearing the typical gear for members of their profession: black boots, black BDU pants, Kevlar helmets and Phoenix Police Department (PPD) raid shirts pulled over their body armor. The team members carried AR-15 rifles equipped with Aimpoint sights to help them during the low-light operation and, like most cops on a tactical team, in addition to their long guns, the members of this team carried secondary weapons — pistols strapped to their thighs.

But the raid took a strange turn when one element of the team began directing suppressive fire on the residence windows while the second element entered — a tactic not normally employed by the PPD. This breach of departmental protocol did not stem from a mistake on the part of the team’s commander. It occurred because the eight men on the assault team were not from the PPD at all. These men were not cops serving a legal search or arrest warrant signed by a judge; they were cartel hit men serving a death warrant signed by a Mexican drug lord.

Sysadmin work in Mexico obviously wouldn’t mean an invasion, but would make sense as part of an effort to dissolve our strange frontier and unify North America.

Obama and the 57 States

Weekly Standard begins

By now you’ve seen the footage of Barack Obama ruing the fact that he hasn’t been able to visit all 57 states in this great union of ours. If you haven’t, scroll down a bit and read Goldfarb’s post on the matter. I’ll wait.

and continues…

Has Obama absorbed such expansionist designs to such an extent that he’s already counting his proverbial new chickens before they’ve hatched? Is he planning on adopting Canada? Perhaps he only has his eyes on the cool parts of Canada like Montreal and Toronto, and will let the remainder of our northern neighbor peacefully tend to its hockey playing and curling. And what of our neighbors to the south? Will we find ourselves in an Obama administration forced to refer to Haiti as Really South Dakota?

Now, if Obama actually supported the annexation of 7 new states, I would support him. However, his cowardice on immigration reform (allowing non-showhorse politicians like Ted Kennedy and John McCain to stick their necks out), his nativism on trade (opposition to NAFTA, DR-CAFTA, and the Colombian and Korean free trade areas), and his coalition’s hostility to latinos (as also reflected in latin wariness of him) makes that unlikely.

If John McCain used rhetoric as bigoted and hateful as Barack Obama, he would some comment about this is what you get with an affirmative action hire. Fortunately for political discourse in this country, John McCain isn’t a race-baiter in the way that Barack Obama is a race-baiter… or a baiter of other prejudices, for that matter.

Barack Obama should denounce his own divisive rhetoric on race and age, and in so doing help elevate politics in this country.

A Border Runs Through It: A Strange Frontier in North America

Federalism. Small government. Freedom. Wealth. The Constitution. Power. The benefits of admitting the 31 Mexican United States to our Union seem almost endless. But there’s one more that must be mentioned: secure borders.

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Defend America. Annex Mexico.


In a humorous piece on using Jack Bauer to achieve Continental Union,

Our new southern border would be 696 miles long as compared to the 2,000 miles that we currently must defend

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This is a real concern. The length of our border is a structural weakness in our defenses

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It is very easy to enter our nation over this long, flat, dry stretch. The border even includes twin cities, such as San Diego / Tijuana, Calexico / Mexicali, El Paso / Ciudad Juarez, Laredo / Nuevo Laredo, and Brownsville / Matamoros. Given that cities, as complex adaptive systems, need interaction to grow, the location of the border forces of to choose between growth and security. We’ve chosen growth.

By drawing a line across our continent, we have put ourselves in this situation. The solution is obvious: untie with Mexico. Instead of an irrational border through the middle of our great island, this will be the border:

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Only 753 miles of inhospitable border. Instead of two-thousand miles of wide-open frontier.

We all want border control. We get it best by admitted Mexico to the United States of America.

The Manifest Destiny of the American Nation

Christ’s words, “For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.,” don’t just help explain why his political revolution swept the Roman Empire. They also explain why, from the perspective of power, America must unite with Mexico.

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To expand the English language and empower the American Nation, admit the 31 Mexican United States to our Union. To expand the Spanish language and weaken the American Nation, keep the status quo. Or better yet, support an “enforcement only” immigration bill.


The context for Christ’s words was a discussion on epistemology that is found in the thirteenth chapter of the Gospel of Matthew. His students are asking why he speaks analogically, instead of logically. Jesus responds that the human mind is not optimized for logical reasoning, and that analogies are a better method of communication.

The human brain, being a complex adaptive network, works on the “rich get richer method that Jesus described. For instance, take two neurons in the brain: one with three incoming paths, the other with one. The neuron with three incoming pathways will become even more popular, and will increase its influence. The one with a single pathways, however, may be shunned and even die.

Similar dynamics exist in many systems. When I was a student at the University of South Dakota, my colleague Doug Jennewin looked at popular ant paths becoming superhighways while the roads less travelled fall into disuse.. Prokaryoyes with no neighbors die, while more popular prokaryotes divide and thrive. Lock a dog in a room and the canine’s body will shut down, the same way as a prisoner’s in solitary confinement well. Give them a group to belong too, however, and their health goes up. Protectionist states, like late Qing China or late Tokugawa Japan, fade while merchant states, such as Britain or America, thrive.

Over and over again, in any integrated system of competition, the most popular choice wins and the least popular choice loses. It’s very unfair and very predictable.

Integrated Mexico with America, and you will begin an death spiral for the Spanish Language on the North American continent. Give Mexicans the right to live where they can, work where they can, and play where they can, and the same complex, adaptive processes which rewards popular neurons and popular ant paths will reward the popular North American language, English. The language of Beowulf, Shakespeare, Locke, and Lincoln will reign from Alaska to Oaxaca.

At every stage, Christ’s “rich get richer” words will tip the balance from Spanish to English. Children, hearing English as their language centers are forming, will build the neural nets that allow proficient English usage later in life. Playing with English-speaking friends as their social centers are forming, they will build the neural nets that allow proficient English socialization later in life. Working for money, they will see that English gives them the most opportunities. Intermarrying with Americans, they bring English into the home.

Over and over this process has displaced minority languages with majority ones. Throughout the British Isles it is English that is commonly spoken, not Gaelic. Throughout France is is French, and none of the languages of oc.

This is not just some idealistic enterprise: it would increase the power of every American. The power of networks is a function of the square of its numbers of users. The difference in power of a net of 300 million (the current USA population) and of 400 million (USA + MUS) is astronomical.

Indeed, as national identity is closed tied to language, this rise of English in North America will directly correspond to the rise in power of the American Nation.

Want to know how to screw this up? Want to know how to weaken the American Nation. Here’s a clue:

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If you wanted to sabotage America, prevent any sort of expanded union with Mexico that would encourage Mexicans to come here and mingle with ordinary Americans. That would involve making their labor illegal, to ghettoize them and take away many of the incentives of learning the language of business. it certainly would involve preventing Americans from owning property and moving down there for the same reason. Of course, you want to keep Mexico under a Constitution separate from ours, to impede general business growth.

In other words, if you wanted to prevent American power from spreading into Mexico and even lose American power in the southwestern United States, the FristTancredo plan is just fine.

The worst of the coffee house lunes are hoping we do just that. Every picture we dislike from the rallies — all those BS placards by rich college kids — are calls for apartheid and separateness. Their grand ideal is on the same moral level as al Qaeda. And as with al Qaeda, if we integrate them first, we win.

If you want a middle of the road policy, then keep things the way they are. Don’t enjoy anti-American pictures like this? Then annex Mexico.

Unless you prefer la reconquista.

Annex Mexico

Annex Mexico?,” by Glenn Reynolds, Glennreynolds.com, 10 April 2006, http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/12132529/#060410 (from Instapundit via Purpleslog, also at Riehl World View).

It would make us more federalist. It would make us freer. It would make us richer.

For all of these reasons, I have been calling for the United States to absorb the Mexican United States as the 51st to 81st states of our Union.

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Now Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit is too:


Reynolds’ piece is so well written that I will quote it nearly paragraph-by-paragraph, giving my opinions along the way:

One difference between the demonstrations in France and the demonstrations in America: The French are demonstrating for the right not to work hard, while the demonstrators in America mostly want to work.

Exactly. America’s immigration situation is nothing like Europe. We attract the best and the brightest, and immediately put them to work (though with civil fines for those who don’t go through the paperwork hoopla).

At least part of our better solution is the fact that our immigrants come from a sister nation, who also spans our continent, with roots in Western European colonialism, and holds to a federal republic as the best form of government.

In fact, they’re leaving Mexico because its corrupt and thuggish political culture stifles economic growth and opportunity. The people there are smart and hardworking, after all, and they tend to do just fine when they get here. They’re leaving because being smart and hardworking is enough to get you ahead in the United States, but not in Mexico. And I suspect that if the Reconquista advocates somehow did get their way, and the Southwest United States became a new Northern Mexico, we’d soon have illegal immigrants crossing over into Kansas and Oklahoma for opportunity, because the Mexican political culture would have ruined things in Arizona and Texas just like it’s already ruined them further south.

In other words, they are running towards our Constitution and political system. While local conditions differ — it would be insane to have a Continental education policy for both Oregon and Oaxaca, for example — our economic system works, too. Our system of property rights, our system of Constitutional rights, and our system of getting things done is what Mexicans want and need.

Oh, we don’t need to turn Mexico into a state, or several. At least not right away. But as part of any immigration deal, the United States needs to demand reform in Mexico. Serious political reform, and serious economic reform.

Here Reynolds is referring to what TM Lutas called an “acquis communitaire” — a European style harmonization of basic laws before the Union. That’s fine. If America offered eventual Constitutional statehood to the “free and sovereign” members of the Mexican United States , we would be able fix any serious problems before they join us as voting members. For example, the much-needed privatization of Pemex (Mexico’s state oil company).

And reciprocity. If we’re going to make it easy for Mexicans to come to the United States to live, work, hold property, and get public benefits without too much paperwork trouble, we need to make it easy for Americans to do the same in Mexico. Right now, as several people have noticed, the environment there is considerably less friendly to foreigners than America’s is.

Exactly. Openness is a two-way street. Interstate disputes handled by federal courts, not NAFTA courts. Property rights ultimately enforced by the American Constitution. Travel and home-ownership rights, for our retirees.

But as the Mexican government has been free to express opinions about how the United States should set immigration, economic, and educational policy, it seems only fair if we do the same for them.

It’s an interdependent world, after all. And that works both ways.

Bravo Glenn!

James Madison Wants Union with Mexico (to avoid becoming like France)

Federalist No. 10, or, The Same Subject Continued: The Union as a Safeguard Against Domestic Faction and Insurrection,” by “Publius” (James Madison), Daily Advertiser, 22 November 1787, http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Federalist_No._10.

Back to Federalism,” by David Gelernter, Weekly Standard, 10 April 2005, http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/012/062fkzaa.asp (from Bench Memos).

The United States of America should absorb the Mexican United States, creating an 81-state economic and political union. I’ve argued this will shrink the size of government and unite the North American people.

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Uniting States of America

Another reason to marry the united States of America and Mexico is that it help build the America of our Founders’ dreams.


In the tenth blog post of a series that would later be published as The Federalist, James Madison (writing under the name Publius) wrote

The other point of difference is, the greater number of citizens and extent of territory which may be brought within the compass of republican than of democratic government; and it is this circumstance principally which renders factious combinations less to be dreaded in the former than in the latter. … the same advantage which a republic has over a democracy, in controlling the effects of faction, is enjoyed by a large over a small republic,–is enjoyed by the Union over the States composing it

In other words, large unions are preferable to small ones because special interests find big unions harder to take over. With a bigger and broader population, ideological minorities can find safe niches to retreat to, and have longer to use asymmetric strategies against their larger competitors.

For most of American history, this worked fine. Under the explicit ruleset of the Constitution, Americans increased their freedoms and their prosperity over the lifetimes. A serious oversight in the Constitution — whether or not States could leave our economic and political union — was resolved at some cost in the mid-19th century. Otherwise, however, the internal strength and happiness of the American States have been the envy of the world.

However, much of this progress was undone in the mid and late 20th centuries. Nationalists — American Gaullists — succeeded in throwing much of American policy into judicial tyranny. The same geography-reducing forces that allow bloggers to community — and allowed the Ottoman Sultans to destroy home-rule in that country — let men like Earl Warren undermine the logic of Federalist 10. With safe local niches destroyed by judicial fiat — and asymmetric strategies rendered impossible due to a Judicialization of the police force — our Madisonian guarantees of freedom were swept away.

Today this undemocratic centralization is seen by our National Judiciary’s leftist stance on abortion…

But the collapse of federalism has ruined this valuable arrangement. The collapse gathered momentum with the Supreme Court’s 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion and was a tragedy for reasons beyond those that are usually discussed; a tragedy even for Americans who believe in completely unregulated abortion.

Roe was a power grab in which uniformity was imposed on a facet of society that had been allowed to vary. “Diversity” is a big selling point on the left, but not among believers in an activist Supreme Court.

— as if the Gaullist belief that South Dakota would be happy with the same abortion laws as the people of Massachusettes was true.

However, such a Gaullist view of America’s economic & political union of sovereign States would be untenable if the 31 southern Continental states and united with the 50 northern ones. The issues extend beyond abortion to homosexualist marriage, education politics, contracting laws, hand-guns, and other issues. It is a mistake – a Gaullist, France-style mistake – to assume that all American people should hand their fortunes to a distant National Government, when they live in states which are closer to their values.

Protect Federalism. Protect Democracy. Let the Mexican States, if they so choose, join our Union under our Constitution.

Drawing North America

Katheryn Lopez and Michelle Malkin note this photo:

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I like this one better:

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Mdms. Lopez and Malkin doubtless agree with tdaxp that ethnic multiculturalism would be disasterous for the United States. The left’s strangehold on universities does real harm, pumping out teachers who believe in multiculturalism and subtly encouraging counter-cultural moments like the above flag debacle.

Happily, that form of apartheid is very weak. America is a “melting pot,” in which cultures cannot be kept distinct and separate.

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Against the wishes of those who wish to see all identities blurred equally, in America the American identity comes out on top..

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But our need for Mexican immigrants goes beyond that, and even beyond the business interests that are often used. America (the United States of America) and Mexico (the Mexican United States) were both conceived as multinational economic and political unions, no less than the European Union. Growth, expansion, and geographic union are in the DNAs of our Unions. With different Constitutions and different political traditions, the USA and MUS were born as complex adaptive systems — pragmatic attempts to create liberty and happiness for the North American people. It is the will of the Mexican people to organize themselves into a federal’ democratic, representative Republic composed of free and sovereign States in all that concerns their internal government’ but united in a Federation established according to the principles of this fundamental law, no less than that of the American people

The next stage is clear. Combine the American United States and United States of Mexico into one political union under the US Constitution. Our way works — that’s why Mexicans are coming here — so why not export our rules over there? There is nothing sacred about 50 member states belonging to this union, so add Nayarit to New York, Morelos to Montana, Oaxaca to Oregon, and expand our federal, democratic, representative, economic & political union to 81 free and sovereign States.

We can do it.

Uniting North America, Blurrily

Dual Citizenship Alert,” by Mark Krikorian, The Corner, http://www.nationalreview.com/thecorner/05_02_20_corner-archive.asp#056976, 24 February 2005.

Mark Krikorian is alarmed that Mexico is recognizing a new class of Mexican citizens — Mexicans who are also American

The lower house of Mexico’s congress overwhelmingly approved a measure that would allow Mexicans in the United States to vote in the 2006 presidential election, and the Senate is expected to follow suit soon. Ordinarily, this would be irrelevant to us, since there are plenty of other countries that permit this. But because of the massive immigrant presence here, this measure will promote the president’s implicit goal of blurring the distinction between the United States and Mexico: there will be extensive campaigning on this side of the border, with mass rallies and ads in print, radio, and even TV; hundreds of thousands of people are likely to line up at consulates to vote, with employers pressured not to punish absent workers and the Border Patrol prohibited from enforcing immigration laws, which would have a “chilling effect” on turnout; and thousands of dual citizens will make a mockery of their oaths of allegiance to the United States by voting in a foreign election.

Blurring distinctions within North America? Unifying North America?

Exactly.

Towards the Unification of North America

Border talks called `disturbing’: Blue-ribbon panel looks at North American integration: Canadian vice-chair insists group has no hidden agenda,” by Sean Gordon, The Star, http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1108336208455&call_pageid=970599119419, 14 February 2005 (from DU).

Please, please, please

An influential tri-national panel has considered a raft of bold proposals for an integrated North America, including a continental customs union, single passport and contiguous security perimeter.

This is great. There is no reason why our sister colonies in Canada and our sister republic Mexico should be shut out of North American prosperity.

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Our continent, our land, is beautiful. We are not defined by race, like Europe, or by tragedy, like Africa, or by history like Asia. We are built by immigrants from many times and places.

More…

According to a confidential internal summary from the first of three meetings of the Task Force on the Future of North America, discussions also broached the possibility of lifting trade exemptions on cultural goods and Canadian water exports.

Those last two suggestions were dismissed in subsequent deliberations, say members of the task force, an advisory group of academics, trade experts, former politicians and diplomats from Canada, the United States and Mexico sponsored by the New York-based Council on Foreign Relations.

Members said the task force’s final report this spring will focus on “achievable” rather than simply academic questions like that of a single North American currency.

Good. Let’s get this going. One continent. Half a billion people. Can you dig it?

More beautiful news… with some hysteria attached

What they envisage is a new North American reality with one passport, one immigration and refugee policy, one security regime, one foreign policy, one common set of environmental, health and safety standards … a brand name that will be sold to school kids, all based on the interests and the needs of the U.S.,” she said.

Of course. Because having a huge, rich, and peaceful southern neighbor has done Canada so much harm.

Hopefully the “one immigration policy” would envision a removal on internal immigration borders between the North American states.

The article concludes with clear implications for the Global War on Terror, agriwelfare, and securiwelfare.

“Trilateralizing customs and immigration at airports, ports and land borders.”

“Applying the principle of inspection, one test, one certification throughout North America” for agriculture.

“Treating all North American citizens as domestic investors in each country.”

One North America: here we come!