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Marcus Ruiz Evans, a member of the Russian-linked "Yes California" movement, argues California would be better off going alone. California leads the United States in many areas, and has one of the biggest economies in the world. If the United States wants to go in a different direction than California than so be it, but the Golden State should have the option to leave.

Ruiz gives three reasons why it would be a good idea for California to be its own nation. 

  • Size. California is the 6th largest economy in the world; we can govern ourselves. With Silicon Valley, Hollywood, the video game industry and aerospace, California is an economic powerhouse possessing a highly skilled, educated workforce.
  • Taxes. California is a Maker state, contributing more to the federal government than we receive. (In contrast, South Carolina takes in more than $7 in federal funds for every $1 they contribute, according to the independent analysis of Wallet Hub.) Our taxes shouldn’t support an agenda and a voting system that doesn’t support our interests while we subsidize other states.
  • Culture: California is more liberal, more educated and wealthier than most every other state. Our views on education, science, immigration, taxation and healthcare are different.
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Connor Friedersdorf argues California would gain nothing from secession. California is the bedrock of progressive ideals in American politics. U.S. politics will continue to drift away from progressivism, the only change would be California would lose its seat at the table. 

For decades California has exerted more influence on American politics and culture than vice versa. Secession would not improve our values. But it would practically ensure that the rest of the U.S. would drift farther away from our laid-back tolerance and easygoing diversity. And they'd still be our neighbors, geographic reality unchanged by political independence.

Any Calexit would ultimately be a feel-good move that does little for the average Californian. It will just make things complicated. Besides, the whole notion of a state being able to secede peacefully was decided in the Civil War. It's not going to happen.

The main benefit of a California exit would be psychic. There is a subset of people here, mostly from the privileged classes, who feel sullied by their political affiliation with Red America. Secession would boost their sense of personal virtue.
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