Each time Californians dislike the new President-elect, the Calexit – the exit of the State of California from the Federal United States – hits the headlines anew. Because of their strong deep Democratic values, Californians wish to leave because someone they deem unfit has been democratically elected POTUS.
If one thinks it is contradictory, the same one would likely realize that California is strong because it belongs to the United States, and vice-versa to a certain extent. California has always attracted much admiration from all over the world as there might be just one or two people out of 100 who never thought of visiting California someday.
California has always been a vibrant place where inventors, entrepreneurs, thinkers have developed new concepts, new processes and new ideas which have changed the world on so many occasions. In fact, California embodies everything the United States embodies in the first place, that is a dynamic creative capitalist society.
However California has also a darker side with a huge debt at the State level, increasing crime rates and stark inequality issues. Although it sounds good to Californians’ hears to think that California may be strong enough by itself to be an independent country, it’s also ignoring three main facts which quite hamper any realistic willingness of independence.
First, a number of California-based success stories may have never existed without the forty nine other States as direct, systematic, one-nation prospects. Second, California could be far less sustainable without the strength of the US Dollar (USD) considering its USD 400 billion public debt while accepting that some of its most famous companies do everything they can to escape State and Federal taxes and increase their profitability at the expense of many Californians.
Third, an independent California would have to take care of its own foreign affairs and national security. Therefore it would take California decades and hundreds of billions of dollars to build its own military industry and forces while accepting that its power on the world stage would be just a fraction of what it was when being part of the United States. Are Californians ready to pay the very heavy price of independence? It’s unlikely.