For More Seats in Washington, Techie Seeks More States in California
|December 29, 2013||Posted by Staff under Editorials|
Silicon Valley investor Tim Draper wants to break California into six states.
This 2013 excerpt of the Los Angeles Times, Dec 21, is by Jessica Guynn.
Technology investor Tim Draper is drumming up support to create six states in California, one of them being Silicon Valley. He’s looking to get an initiative on the California ballot.
His argument for redrawing the California map: The state is underrepresented in Washington. “It is about time California was properly represented with senators in Washington. Make our number of senators per person about average.”
In October at Y Combinator Startup School, one tech entrepreneur called for Silicon Valley to secede from the United States altogether.
Balaji Srinivasan, co-founder of San Francisco–based genetics company Counsyl, gave a talk to aspiring entrepreneurs about “Silicon Valley’s ultimate exit,” saying, “We need to build opt-in society, outside the U.S., run by technology.”
Google CEO Larry Page spoke of his desire to set aside a place in the world where technological experimentation can be conducted unfettered by regulation. (“There are many exciting things you could do that are illegal or not allowed by regulation,” Page said.)
Investor Peter Thiel has championed the “seasteader” movement, which would create floating societies off the coast of California just beyond the clutches of the U.S. government.
And the Blueseed project wants to put foreign-born workers on a cruise ship off the coast of Northern California in international waters to evade immigration laws.
Ed. Notes: Couples get divorced all the time. Should counties be allowed to likewise secede? OOH, we do need to be free from unwarranted interference in order to express our true selves, yet OTOH we also need to mesh smoothly and respectfully with the larger society.
In this case, Silicon Valley owes a lot of its success to the proximity of Stanford University and to the “anything goes” attitude of California, but have techies paid back the valley? Not really, altho’ they could by paying Land Dues — which they should do to their own jurisdiction even if they do secede.
Redrawing the map is something going on right now; politicians always gerrymander boundaries for their own corrupt purposes. And now that people are so mobile and economies so extensive, political borders are relics that no longer reflect anything meaningful.
Perhaps it’d be better if there were some principle in place that would automatically redraw boundaries according to factors like topography, population size, and settlement pattern; coincidentally, such a region often matches the footprint of a major daily newspaper — a map of where its subscribers live. The reach of a major daily newspaper is also the area where land values are pulled up by the major central city. Hence in a geonomy, residents would pay their Land Dues to the regional government whose capitol is in that city.
Finally, must borders be hard and fast or could they be broad swaths like the transition zones between ecosystems? Perhaps we could let people living near the edge be the ones to choose which jurisdiction to whom to pay their Land Dues. If we weaken small group identity, maybe that’d strengthen species-wide identity … even universe-wide!