FRESNO, CALIF. --- An unprecedented collection of research about California's “subnational” status on the global stage is now available online.
The research, stemming from an investigation of global economic indicators, reveals that the Golden State is the only place in the world that has the conditions to lead the world into an interconnected age where all nations are participating in one global market.
Only California can save the United States, because only it has the traits to take leadership on the global stage. But will it rise to that challenge?
"California is our biggest economy…so what happens here matters to every working American…"
—THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary, "REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT ON THE CALIFORNIA DROUGHT, Joe Del Bosque’s Field, Los Banos, California," February 14, 2014
"…California is not an independent nation; it is a state with the dimensions but not the sovereignty of a nation..."
—Kevin Star, California State Librarian from 1994 to April 1, 2004, in the forward to "Global California" by Abraham Lowenthal, 2008.
"And yet here in this nation-state of California, people from all over the world live in harmony. I call California a nation-state because of the diversity of out people, the power of our economy and the reach of our dream. Every race, every culture, every religion has been drawn to California. The commerce and the trade of the nations of the earth pass through our ports. The world knows our name. We are a good and global commonwealth. Yes, we have problems that must be solved. But, it remains true... what a prosperous, peaceful, golden state in which we live and work and raise our families."
—Arnold Schwarzenegger, Second Inaugural Address, Delivered: January 5, 2007
"When California has gone out for anything, a project, federal funds or whatever, it has usually acted not as one of 11 western state but as a nation demanding what it had the power to take, and the record will show that it has been highly successful in these unilateral raids and political maneuvers."
—Carey McWilliams, "California the Great Exception," p. 34, 1949
The world does not like America and is disconnecting from us – just as the global economy is taking shape and being interconnected is paramount.
"Emerging powers show ambivalence toward global institutions…like the UN and IMF…Traditional alliances will weaken…This is a story with no clear outcome…[and is] without precedent in modern history."
—Global Trends 2025: A Transformed World, (US National Intelligence Council, 2008).
"First of all the G-7 summit is a relic of the Cold War and the energy crisis of the 1970s. Second, the kind of leadership that was appropriate during the Cold War and before the great revolution in telecommunications is obsolete."
—"Global Paradox" by John Naisbitt,
"I can’t think of a time when the US has been more isolated…And that can’t help when nations are trying to reach consensus in the WTO." - Mark Weisbrot of the Center for Economic and Policy Research
—Nusrat Choudhury, "The Economic Impact of Anti-Americanism" (working paper, Princeton University, 2005).
America's century of being sole superpower is coming to an end shortly. This will mean a big change -- America lacking any influence whatsoever.
“Too many American leaders – both in government and corporate are gripped by denial, a type of Pollyanna group-think that insists that America will retain its greatness no matter what.”
—Dr. James Canton “The Extreme future: the top trends that will reshape the World in the next 20 years”, 2006, pg 36.
“One of the problems with the United States over the last generation is that Americans haven’t felt there was much to learn from the rest of the world because America was so dominant and English a more or less universal language. The world has changed, but Americans haven’t yet caught up.”
—Francis Fukuyama, “Democracy Still Rules. But Will US Catch Up in a Changing World?” Christian Science Monitor, June 8 2011.
“Thus it is that we can say that the capitalist world-economy has now entered its terminal crisis, a crisis that may last up to fifty years. The real question before us is what will happen during this crisis, this transition from the present world-system to some other king of historical system or systems.”
—Immanuel Wallerstein “Globalization or the age of transition?: A long-term view of the trajectory of the world-system,” International Sociology, Volume: 15, Issue: 2, (2000) : 249-265
Presentation on "California's Next Century 2.0" to JFK University, Pleasant Hill Campus, Rm S112, at 11:40 am, March 8 2014
540 Page Book published by Mikazuki Publishing House titled California's Next Century 2.0, authored by Marcus Ruiz Evans. This book provides a clear roadmap for California's recovery by Political and Economic Independence.
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) January 06, 2013
Published by Mikazuki Publishing House and written by Author Marcus Ruiz Evans, "California's Next Century 2.0: Economic Renaissance" is a 540 page, 1.7 pound book that argues for political and economic self-autonomy for California.
"Further proof – the Federal government has publicly stated that it is “overwhelmed” with the demands of providing services for California. In 2008, years after the Katrina disaster, FEMA, announced that it would not be able to handle a major disaster, the likes of which California routinely faces, such as earthquakes or wildfires. (“Report: Major disaster would 'overwhelm' aid groups” CNN 2008). That same year, the Federal government admitted that it was “overwhelmed” by the number of Federal appeals cases in California ("Federal appeals court to seek five more judges in overwhelmed California district", How Appealing, 2008). Perhaps most important is the fact that the Federal government has admitted that California’s economy is too large for the Federal government to provide the role that all national governments provide to their states, that as the financial backer and lender of last resort. During the 2008 recession, California asked for a federal bailout. Experts admitted that California should receive the bailout because its economic down slide would greatly hurt Americas economic recovery, but the secret came out, California is too big financially for the Federal government to bailout, ever, even if the Federal government wanted to, its’ not large enough to support the sub-economy of California (“Is California Too Big To Fail?” by Declan McCullagh2009, CBS News), (“Why Obama Has to Bail Out California, But Won't” by Ron Elving, 2009, NPR)."
"Furthermore, America will not be shocked at all by the idea of a separate California – it has always thought California as different from the rest of the country and it has heard this stated publicly by government officials for decades. In 1860, President Lincoln heard that the Californians thought of themselves as different from Americans and maybe just years after joining the union should leave it, and he rushed to build the trans-continental railroad to connect California better, to avoid a secession war on two fronts. “For the first twenty years of statehood – Californians never thought of themselves as Americans but as a separate culture. The largest proof of the strength of the culture was the speed of which “Okies” were Californianized in short time. “The “past” means to the Californians not the Pilgrim fathers, or William Penn and the Indians, or George Washington crossing the Delaware. . . the historically minded Californian of today is orientated with reference to a set of meanings and significances quite unlike those by which the historically minded in other areas, even in the West, guide their research and historical explorations." The governor of California, who almost ran for the president of America, stated in the 1960s, “As former Governor Edmund “Pat” Brown once wrote, “California is part and apart from the larger American society. It is both representative and unique."
"Where this book adds particular value is in offering big thinking that can help spur leaders to reform the state's dysfunctional governance. If they're willing to make that jump toward the future, they may find many ideas and provocations in this volume to help them along."