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Bye Bye, Miss American Empire: Neighborhood Patriots, Backcountry Rebels, and Their Underdog Crusades to Redraw America's Political Map

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It's been almost a century and a half since a critical mass of Americans believed that secession was an American birthright. But breakaway movements large and small are rising up across the nation. From Vermont to Alaska, activists driven by all manner of motives want to form new states-and even new nations.

So, just what's happening out there? The American Empire is dying,
Paperback, 285 pages
Published July 10th 2010 by Chelsea Green Publishing Company
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Americans everywhere are angry, disappointed, and frustrated by their government. Politicians demand much, voters demand much, and much is attempted -- but nothing virtually positive actually happens. Little wonder, when the scale of things is taken into account. The average member of the US House of Representatives now stands in for seven hundred thousand people, making him a representative in name only. Having written many a book hailing the local and particular -- little America -- against th ...more
Dec 10, 2015 Kevin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would've loved this book a few years ago, when I was more receptive to the idea of allying with libertarians and more proud of my adopted state of Vermont (before Gov. Peter Shumlin's betrayal of single-payer healthcare left me wondering what the point would be of casting off the empire just to leave the power of neoliberal Democrats in Montpelier intact).

Still, I can't help but retain the soft spot I've felt for secessionism ever since I stumbled on a copy of the late secessionist newspaper
May 23, 2013 Dale rated it it was ok
While I am sympathetic to a point, Kauffman drives his point home with so much rancor and vigor that I ended up being both bored and repulsed.

Bye Bye Miss American Empire
takes what should have been a fun look at the various groups that want to split apart current U.S. states and/or make independent countries out of U.S. states and turns it into a long, repetitive, angry rant about American foreign policy, both Presidents Bush and the United States (indivisible, as the pledge goes) in general.

The American Conservative
'Kauffman knows he’s a dreamer, but he’s not the only one. (And there I just imitated Kauffman’s own fondness for appropriating pop lyrics.) Though his opening declaration in Bye Bye, Miss American Empire—“The American Empire is dead”—may be premature, it’s certainly worth hoping with him for its peaceful dissolution, both here and abroad.

“Breaking away is impossible,” he concedes, but “so was dancing on the Berlin Wall.” In this punchy and inspirational book, Kauffman proves himself once again
Benjamin Glaser
Fun, fun read. This work by fellow cranky localist Bill Kauffman details all of the rough and tumble independence and secessionist movements currently operating in the United States (and Puerto Rico). While they all have their own, peculiar, concepts and reasons for wanting to secede from the union at their heart they share, regardless if they come from "left" or "right", a honest and sincere disdain for American Empire. That a nation of 350 Million cannot be ruled from a swamp on the Potomac Ri ...more
Kevin Summers
Apr 30, 2015 Kevin Summers rated it really liked it
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Sample quote: "The American Empire is dead. That gathering murmur you hear is not sobbing: Good riddance to the damn monster. Rather, the noise is the sweet hum of revolution, of subjects learning how to be citizens, of people shaking off (or flipping off) their Wall Street and Pentagon overlords and taking charge of their lives once more, whether as members of verdant countryside or the sodality of the city neighborhood."
May 22, 2012 Sam rated it really liked it
Kauffman gives a brief history of secession in US history & brings the story up-to-date, all the while distancing the phenomenon from the Confederate experience. Pre-war, New England abolitionists endorsed secession as a means of weakening slavery. Kauffman's own cause is the separation of upstate New York from New York City, something that Gothamites themselves have suggested at times; antebellum mayor Fernando Wood even wanted to make NYC an independent city-state.
Bob Ladwig
Dec 09, 2010 Bob Ladwig rated it really liked it
Great book, Kaufman lays out a historical argument for secession in favor of a localist form of self government. This book is well written and a the polemic is both mature and humourous.
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