Thanks Paul, you raise some very good points. I think we have to draw
the distinction between economic development zones and political
autonomy areas. In the case of bringing back economic development to
blighted areas, that's all fine and good, but you would still come
under the jurisdiction of the county government, which in the case of
a big city, you would clearly be outnumbered by other outside
interests no doubt.
That said, you bring up a VERY VALID point with respect to rural
areas and rural counties. Having lived in rural West Texas for 6
years(a true nightmare in which I was lucky to have come out with my
life), I can only say that one has to pick rural counties VERY
carefully. Clearly there are a lot of low population counties out
there, but I would suspect that some would be very unsuitable owing
to the nature of some of the people, and perhaps even for being TOO
rural. I believe the ideal counties are those low population counties
which are within reasonable distance(say an hour to an hour and a
half drive at most) from major metropolitan centers. Some are just
too damn isolated, and unless you are of very hearty and self-
sufficient stock, they're probably not worth getting involved with.
--- In LibertyDistricts2008@yahoogroups.com
, "Eric Reinhardt"
> --- In NationalConstitutionalConvention06@yahoogroups.com, Paul
> <jointheparty@> wrote:
> Hi Eric. Regarding starting a liberty zone where I live in the
> greater Atlanta, GA metro area, I have some ideas and questions.
> While the majority of Georgia is very conservative, most of Atlanta
> inside the I-285 perimeter is actually quite liberal. Some even
> it bohemian. Many parts of Atlanta, including the downtown and mid-
> town skyscrapers, have been built up within the last 20 years. A
> of this real estate is pricey and very uptown. There are other
> of town, however, that have been left behind by the sprawling urban
> renewal that surrounds it. The real estate there is well located
> relative to downtown, and I would surmise that large chunks of this
> real estate could be bought or leased with an option to purchase at
> fire sale prices due to the mortgage meltdown that is ongoing. I
> envision turning these vacant buildings into liberty zones
> residences and businesses that would be self-contained. These
> locations might make excellent liberty zones
> with its own government and private security, as well as being a
> good launching pad for new micro-manufacturing that can become a
> for replacing other manufacturing jobs that have gone overseas due
> On the other hand, creating liberty zones out in the
> here in the southeastern US may not work as well. Much of the rural
> south is still populated with people who have southern accents that
> are so thick and exaggterated that they can be very difficult to
> understand when speaking to them (and I've lived here since 1983!).
> Many of these ares are still very slow and backward. Many of the
> residents there still think the US Civil War should be fought all
> over again (perish the thought). So, I'm not sure how well a
> zone would be accepted by the rural populace due to a built-in
> resistance to anything new and innovative. Are liberty zones better
> situated in rural ares far removed from the Washington bureaucracy,
> or can a liberty zone work well within the boundaries of a large
> metropolitain area? Are there any advantages to one over the other?
> welcome any food for thought you may have about this.
> Eric Reinhardt <ericreinhardt2003@> wrote:
> Many factors go into selecting the best town or county.
> Ultimately in
> my book though it comes down to finding like-minded individuals.
> the key guides I am utilizing are the current primary/caucus
> for the 2008 Presidential contest. If you go to the link below and
> scroll down a bit you will see a map of the 50 states. Click on the
> state you are residing in or interested in relocating to. Then you
> see boxes for the Democratic primary and Republican primary for
> state.. In each box you will see a spot where you can click for
> maps and tables. Here you can see the voting results for your
> The point is to use these results as a guide to find a county where
> will find other individuals who share your political viewpoints. It
> makes little sense as an example if you're very liberal to move to
> county that is primarily conservative and vice-versa.
> --- End forwarded message ---