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Catalonia is richer and more intelligent than the Spanish average, but hardly any sort of huge outlier.

Could economic reasons really explain that much of their drive for independence?


PISA_2015 GDPcc_2010
Andalusia 95.9 $22,487
Aragon 100.7 $32,152
Asturias 99.6 $28,271
Balearic Islands 97.3 $31,876
Basque Country 98.3 $40,457
Canary Islands 95.5 $25,512
Cantabria 99.6 $30,315
Castile and Leon 102.4 $29,682
Castile-La Mancha 99.1 $22,766
Catalonia 100.2 $34,952
Comunidad Valenciana 98.9 $26,441
Extremadura 96.1 $21,742
Galicia 100.8 $26,283
La Rioja 99.7 $32,326
Madrid 102.0 $38,712
Murcia 97.0 $24,101
Navarre 102.2 $38,736
Spain 98.6 $29,810

The difference really is quite modest relative to the massive north/south disparity you see in Italy.


Just for added effect, here is Spain and Italy compared side by side (GRP per capita on the left, PISA 2009 results on the right).


I have heard from an Italian acquaintance that Northern seccessionist sentiment has died down in the past few years. Hardworking, clever northerners are now readier to tolerate lackadaisical southerners now that Merkel has inundated the place with far more foreign elements. But I suppose it didn’t work that way in Spain.

• Category: Foreign Policy • Tags: Secession, Spain 
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… It will quickly turn into a Third World dump and beg to be let back into the Trumpenreich.

Seriously, this is the dumbest idea ever.

I mean, go ahead. It’s pretty much a lost cause at this point, the ghost of America’s Christmas future a few more decades down the line. Only half its population are Whites or from high-performing Asian groups (closer to 30% amongst children).

They won’t even have the Facebooks and Twitters to keep them afloat.

Silicon Valley derives much of its power from having unrestricted access to the vast US internal market. But what possible reasons could the tech giants they have for preferring a market of 40 million to one of 280 million?

  • Is it California’s low taxes and pro-business regulations?
  • Its high levels of educational attainment and human capital?
  • Its high credit ratings and fiscal strength?
  • Their strong, genuine commitment to their SJW ideals coupled with California’s wonderful political climate so replete with Black Blocs, Bob Avakian cultists, and “they” Latino nationalists?

Silicon Valley will flee for Boston or Austin faster than you can say “exit.”

And then the Hollywood elites will forget their high principles and decamp to some new nest of degeneracy.

There will be what you could call a restoration of the historical balance. California will drift into Mexico’s sphere of influence, as it was prior to 1847.

Okay, I was exaggerating; it won’t literally be a Third World dump, though GDP per capita will probably fall to something more in line with its human capital (especially once the smart fraction brains drain away), maybe a Greek-like $25,000 / capita instead of the current $60,000. Still, it won’t be a bad place to live in by any major metric, by global standards. I agree with Fred Reed that many Americans tend to have a rather unrealistic view of Mexico, and California will be transitional between the two.

Still, I do think many Californians instinctively understand that their living standards will plummet after Calexit, even those who are very triggered by Trump, so they’ll be doing a lot of “checking out” but very little actual “leaving.”

• Category: Humor • Tags: California, Secession 
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