Update (2 November 2021)

Overall, I am about a third into the next addition of “Third Place.” I felt that I needed to write this Blog post first before I finish it. The post is part of a multi-part series called “Total Educational Effort,” elaborating further on the specifications of the Socialist Student Economy (SSE) in relation to the Federalist American Union’s Unified Federalist Student Economy (UFSE). While the State of California does figure prominently here in relation to the 1960s Counterculture, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and the rest of the States in the Union are just as capable of contributing to the UFSE. My Intent with “Total Educational Effort” is two-fold:

First, the SSE is capable of being a far more practical and suitable alternative to the current model of OECD-Type Student Economies. The concept of secondary education or “high school” is in fact a very Prussian concept that needs to be brought up to contemporary Prussian standards. Since the US functions like a Doppelgänger of the German Reich, I will further conceptualize the UFSE so that it can be reapplied in Europe and the rest of the world at the WSO.

Second, each State Command Economy in the Union is meant to be distinct from each other and the Federalist Command Economy under the Work-Standard. Besides the Federal-State System enshrined in the US Constitution that enables Statism, another reason pertains to American Culture itself. The Union should have one High Culture that reflects the American people as a Totality and fifty Low Cultures for the States. Prior to the Work-Standard and to this Author’s knowledge, nobody in American history has opened that metaphysical door at the Federal level.

Take the Americans in California and in Texas for instance and how there has been a lot of rhetoric about the “Californian Exodus” spilling into Texas. Some Texans have recently expressed concerns that Californians are coming to their State to impose “Californian Culture,” complaining that “Texan Culture” is not being properly introduced to California. It is true that part of the imbalance in cultural exchanges between the two States is related to the Democratic-Republican Party. California is currently controlled by that Party’s Social Liberal Faction (“Progressives”) and Texas under its Classical Liberal Faction (“Libertarians”). Both Factions have turned California and Texas into “ideological laboratories” of their respective Weltanschauung, independent of the rest of the Union. But there is another half of the Californian Exodus that most Texans and the rest of the Union are by and large not being told.

At the heart of Californian Culture is an irreparable fissure created by the American Civil War, splitting the State into “Norcal” (Northern California) and “Socal” (Southern California). Southern Californians wanted their State to be a “Slave State,” Northern Californians advocating for the State to be a “Free State.” Another variation of this same fissure is how Southern Californians have much more in common with Texas and the Southwestern States, whereas Northern Californians are more aligned with the Pacific Northwestern States. These historical facts still define the cultural and psychological conditions of the Californian psyche well into the 20th and early 21st centuries, indicating the development of two very distinct regional identities. Then there is the fact that the State’s culinary artists have a habit of blending American and Non-American cuisines into their own distinct cuisine. I do find Californian cuisine to be an unconscious reflection of this historical fissure as much as the State’s recurring patterns of economic instability, from the Californian Gold Rush to the more recent wildfires and concerns over the drying of the Colorado River.

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