So, an idea that has surfaced from time to time came to my mind once again, following the latest round of bickering in Washington. It seems like
rather than the two parties balancing each other, they only serve to create gridlock. Each party is convinced that their policies are the only sure
way to guide the country and that the other side’s are a sure way to ruin, destruction and misery.
It goes this way in the private sector as well-Red State and Blue State, and never the two shall meet. True, there are plenty of us in the
“Purple,” but it doesn’t really matter. The hatred and division runs deep. You can’t have a discussion about religion or politics without
someone going off on you. People worry about another civil war or a race war-the war’s already here. It’s between the creationists and the
evolutionists, the abortionists and the antis, the gay rights advocates and the bashers. It just hasn’t gotten very bloody-yet.
The idea came about actually when I overheard some guy in a bar say, “You watch. This country’s gonna split right down the middle-Conservatives
and Liberals. We’ll have two different countries one day. And that would be just fine with me.”
I would hazard a guess that such an action would be “just fine” with other people, too. A lot of other people.
I’m not suggesting secession or anything like that. I don’t want to break up this still-great country. What I’m proposing is a daring social
We would create two small temporary protectorates on U.S soil. We can use land in Montana or Alaska or someplace of that nature. Each one would be a
self-sustaining city, built completely behind impassable walls. For the purposes of this discussion, I’m calling them Leftland and Rightland.
Both Leftland and Rightland would mirror the US as a whole in every possible demographic possible-age, race, sex, income etc. Both city-states would
be completely subject to United States authority, with the exception that they could pass laws-only applicable in their borders-that reflected their
Every citizen of both places would be voluntary, but no one would be allowed to leave or enter until the experiment was finished. Both sides could
produce as much propaganda as they wanted, but it would have to stay confined to the borders of their own city.
In Leftland, you could have gay marriage and abortion on demand. You would never hear about God or religion if you didn’t want to. If the city
wanted to vote to set up a socialist state, they could do it. In Rightland, the citizens could have Randian Objectivism, ban condoms, teach the Bible
as science, whatever.
We close the doors and don’t open them for 10 (20? 50?) years. Then we open them up and see what we have. Who has the best society? Who is happy?
Would this settle the arguing once and for all about who’s right and wrong? Or would we see that the two sides need each other, that it’s a
cooperation, not a contest?
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