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  •  But there is another form of secession, (0+ / 0-)

    the kind that we saw happening in the USSR over 1970-1990:

    Stage 1: Masses lose their faith in the political order and withdraw their active support of/collaboration with it;
    Stage 2: Masses retreat from politics back into private association and mutual aid with friends and like-minded neighbors, to await collapse of the political order;
    Stage 3: Upon collapse of the political order the masses may re-emerge in an energized coherent civil society to form a new order on their own; or if they have failed to form a civil society sufficiently energized and coherent, they will be tricked into giving their consent for elites to offer a new order of their own. (Obviously if they again surrender their consent to elites they lose the chance to create a more democratic new order. That is what happened during the Yeltsin years.)

    I think Americans are about to enter Stage 2.I hope they draw some lessons from the Russian experience.

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