Posted ByÂ Joshua Cook
Last election, the question of states splitting came into the national spotlight whenÂ five counties voted to secede from ColoradoÂ and form their own state.Â Â The measure failed,Â but it got people nationwide talking.Â Fifty-firstÂ State Initiatives emerged in New York, Virginia,Â MarylandÂ and more.Â Some in California have proposed a split for years, with the State of Jefferson first proposed in 1941.Â Now, however, Silicon Valley investor Tim Draper is proposing something muchÂ more extreme.
The State of Jefferson remains in his plan, and North California, Central California, Silicon Valley, West California and South California are added to the list.Â This would create six states with more connected cultural, economic and social bases, with Hollywood separated from the tech areas separated from agricultural regions.Â Draper has set up aÂ campaign websiteÂ for his initiative, and he will soon submit his proposal to Californiaâ€™s attorney general office.
Draper cites five core reasons for his proposal.Â The number of constituents per Senator in California isÂ about six.Â The proposal would also allow each state to â€œstart fresh.â€Â This is an often-overlooked idea, but Americaâ€™s borders have remained particularly stagnant during the time of the most dynamic population growth in its history.Â Hitting a â€œrefreshâ€ button would help people on the left and right, alike.
On a more ideological level, he says that splitting California would encourage competition and decrease the monopolization of power.Â Decisions can be relevant to the specific populations of each state, and the newfound competition among the states could help encourage state governments to adopt more popular policies.Â Smaller states, for a number of reasons, will be easier to hold accountable than California.
Unsurprisingly, a majority in California opposes the bold initiative, but Draperâ€™s proposal has a number of advantages over Northern Coloradoâ€™s failed secession attempt.Â Most obviously, Draperâ€™s wealth will help avoid the financial problems many ballot initiatives face.Â It can take millions of dollars for a proposal to even get on Californiaâ€™s ballot, but Draper has millions of dollars and a reputable name to go with it.Â Draperâ€™s proposal will also avoid the simplistic â€œbalance of the Senateâ€ argument people used against the unashamedly right-wing Colorado secession attempt.
The proposal also moves one step toward avoiding one pitfall Northern Colorado faced.Â Coloradoâ€™s 51stÂ State Initiative encouraged as many counties as possible to join the attempt to join a single state.Â Â Five of eleven counties voted to secede and failed.Â Five of nine counties could have passed to the next step.Â By splitting the fate of different groupsâ€™ secession attempts, Draper increases the possibility of each individual state initiative passing.
Tim Draperâ€™s Six Californias proposal may not pass.Â In fact, it probably wonâ€™t on the first attempt.Â It is a step in the right direction, however, and it shows that Northern Coloradoâ€™s secession attempt was actually relevant and successful.Â Â The secession idea, for the first time since West Virginia split from Virginia, is again a part of the national political discourse. This demonstrates that Americans are not satisfied with the current government. They want less government and thirst for moreÂ individual freedom.[poll id=”7″]