The closest Cascadia has gotten to becoming recognized as a real place by rest of the people who live in it and elsewhere in the United States and Canada was the initiation of the Cascadian National Party, and its platform declaring independence, in 2001. But after 9/11 that momentum disappeared. For those of us who identify with the vision of a Cascadian independence zone, how far do we want to take this idea now and in the future?
Is the reality of Cascadia merely that it is a bio-region, as the geologists recognize, made up of distinct plant and animal species isolated by a mountain range? Or as the linguists recognize, that it once belonged to tribes who spoke several hundred languages in the Salishan and other families? Others make the point that Cascadia has a distinctive culture and modern history, marked by certain trends in music, art, and literature – although most do not recognize them as ‘Cascadian’ icons. Cascadia spans three or four US state borders and the US-Canadian border. The memory of the native languages and the people is weakened by the bourgoeis triumph of history. And yet all of these factors point to a place we find by looking at the real world, not by imposing an intellectual order into it, a place we call Cascadia.
How independent is Cascadia from the US and Canada now and how possible is it to make it a real place in the future? Is this the goal of groups like Cascadia in Anarchy? Or is the goal to have a space for anarchist discussion for anarchists who live in the bio-region? For those who want to take steps forward to revolutionize Cascadia, is Cascadian separatism high on the agenda? What is in the realm of possibility today, and what things can we do now to make it possible in the future?