The nation as a whole is lost, folks. There are large swaths of this country where, in a time of revolution, the rule of law would cease to exist; areas which would likely remain beyond the grasp of control, law, and order. I recently read that 90% of Oakland, California’s violence is gang-related, not to mention all the additional crime associated with it. Those people don’t want to be in a country where the rule of law reigns.
Revolution would bring additional chaos to inner cities already rife with crime. Cities are hustling and bustling centers of commerce and finance, and, without a plan to clear at least the financial sectors, you’ll have to relocate them. How do you account for the existing infrastructure? Can you retrofit the new locations? Are you prepared to have gangland in your new country? I know many of us say, That’s not our problem, but it will be ours and our new nation’s problem. Revolution isn’t as simple as deposing the throne.
But let’s say that we could clear the cities of most gang-related crime, or at least reduce rampant crime so that life goes on. I think a large problem we’d run into is that of opposing political parties. Are you going to allow the same politics that you just fought against remain in your new nation? Could the new government give them an ultimatum, say – Hey, we own this land and we’re going to govern it by this set of rules; if you don’t agree then go somewhere else.
We know that around the time of the American Revolution, between 15 and 20 percent of colonials were pro-British Loyalists. What ensued after the Revolution is that many Loyalists moved to present-day Canada. Many still were expelled from New York and presumably also fled to Canada.
What would have our new nation turned into had Loyalists be allowed to remain?
The last thing I’d like to say builds on Monday’s post (On the Viability of a Leftist Revolution). In 1777, Colonel John Butler founded a regiment of Loyalists to aid British General John Burgoyne’s campaign to take the Hudson River. After a skirmish in which Col. Butler was commanding, the Patriot militias began a retreat, initiating a hunt for the retreating survivors. Col. Butler reported that 227 Patriot scalps were collected in what followed, along with the razing of 1,000 Patriot houses.
Only four months later came the worst massacre of the Revolution, led by Col. John Butler’s son, Walter Butler, in retaliation for Patriot attacks on forward bases of the pro-British Mohawk and Seneca Indians. Thirty colonial civilians were murdered, along with 70 women and children taken into captivity.
Through 1779-1780, Butler’s Rangers continued raids on villages killing an unnumbered amount of men, women, and children.
As covered on Monday, there remain elements in this country – Loyalists – who would likely be of great aid in countering local militias in any revolution, perceived or real. Whether or not a movement is able to, violently or politically, secede to create a new nation or restore the Republic, there’s an entirely undiscovered third dynamic in this picture: the willingness of opposing Loyalist militias, of which there would likely be many. Fighting a federal regime in a revolution might only be half the battle.