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Map: The United 38 States of America – The Washington Post

Below, we have a four-decade-old attempt from California State University geography professor C. Etzel Pearcy.

In reducing the map from 50 to 38 states, Pearcy aimed to save the government money and normalize the old map, which was constructed piece by piece based on geographic features (and westward expansion) rather than on population centers. The new map would place these population centers in the middle of states rather than have them straddling multiple states or near the borders.

Why?

Oh, wait.  It’s a college professor.

Never mind.

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Bill Quick

About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.

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  1. “Why?

    Oh, wait. It’s a college professor.

    Never mind.”

    Nope: “The new map would place these population centers in the middle of states rather than have them straddling multiple states or near the borders.”

    This is it. Every state now has a Democrat stronghold in the middle that guarantees it’ll overall vote Democrat. Every state, politically, becomes NY or IL.

  2. Looking at that map again, it’s clearly drawn to maximize socialist/commie electoral power. Big surprise.

    The maps we worked on way back in the early 70′s were designed to put common geographical interests together. For example, the coastal zones of NC and SC were included as one state, while the river basins between NC and SC were in another. It was more an exercise in understanding geographical interests than anything else.

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