Will Californians Actually Successfully Execute ‘Calexit’?

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Frustrated following the announcement of the results of the presidential election, many Californians have suggested a possible plan B: ‘Calexit.’

After a brutal election season and widespread disappointment after a Trump victory, many citizens of the bluest state took to Twitter and other social media platforms to suggest secession. The hashtag #Calexit began trending as a result.


Undoubtedly referencing ‘Brexit’ — Britain’s move away from the European Union — ‘Calexit’ may seem like an ideal move in theory. Shervin Pishevar, venture capitalist known for high profile investments like his early investment in Uber, took Calexit very seriously, claiming he would fund the whole campaign. Others, however, took a more lighthearted approach.

According to Yes California, a group that has been working to further this movement since before the November 8th election, claims that:

“In the Spring of 2019, Californians will go to the polls in a historic vote to decide by referendum if California should exit the Union, a #Calexit vote.

You will have this historic opportunity because the Yes California Independence Campaign will qualify a citizen’s initiative for the 2018 ballot that if passed would call for a special election for Californians to vote for or against the independence of California from the United States.

This is a very important question. It is the responsibility of this campaign to explain what a yes vote will mean for you, your family, your community, our state, our country, and our world. We have designed this website to answer many of these questions and look to you to ask more.”

However, is it possible for California to sustain itself?

The campaign claims that, as the sixth largest economy in the world, California could very well be a serious player if the state were to secede. Furthermore, Yes California claims that remaining part of the union is no longer in California’s best interest on the basis of 9 key points:

  • Peace and Security
  • Elections and Government
  • Trade and Regulation
  • Debt and Taxes
  • Immigration
  • Natural Resources
  • The Environment
  • Health and Medicine
  • Education

While all of that may be true, there are also some logistics to consider. California is the most populated state in the country — with about 40 million people in total, equivalent to the combined populations of the 21 least populated states in the country. The state is also very large and diverse. Many believe that because of these facts, California could very well survive as its own country.

However, although California is very liberal and Californians would surely love to live amongst themselves without having to answer to those in the red states, Calexit is highly unlikely and implausible.

The thoughts and opinions expressed here are solely those of the contributor and do not necessarily reflect the views of Citizen Slant.


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