Angry Robot

51st state

Creepy article at the Globe about eliminating the Canada-US border. The fallacies are numerous, yet it’s a fascinating issue. Dissolving a country for economic reasons seems greedy and shallow at best, but nationalism alone may not be a good enough reason to maintain statehood. The defence of a culture, on the other hand, is an issue too often overlooked in this sort of analysis, primarily because culture is treated as just another industry. It is not.

Other problems with this article: North America and Europe are not analagous, until Europe contains only Germany, Ireland and Algeria. Free Trade has not been the glorious money party Fagan seems to think it is. “The threats to the two of us are shared” – no they aren’t. “A customs union could mean that Canada has to ban trade with Cuba” – why in the world would we accept this?

7 comments on "51st state"

  1. JS says:

    Uh, I need that border to the North. There has to be a land to escape to when I can’t take it down here anymore.

  2. D says:

    Canada’s a state of mind.

    It’s a brand, it’s positioning. Coming soon: Canada, the soft drink. Oh wait. Er, Canada, the clothing line. Oh, right.

  3. D says:

    Models of national harmonic co-existence!

  4. kyle says:

    I remember reading about the elimination of the Canada / U.S border at the beginning of September last year.

    Of course, two weeks later the news was about strengthening the border.

  5. ~*~AMY~*~ says:

    Do you think it would be a good idea if canada was to become the 51st state? I think we may be, unfortunately headed in that direction. Time will tell.

  6. D says:

    No, frankly. Here’s a topical article from Naomi Klein.

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