UNDERSTANDING CALIFORNIAN STATISM
California. A very desirable geography. The best other than France. In both cases the geography is a natural resource exploitable by the state.
As I said to Ron Manners: natural resources make you a slave because States must defend them. Diasporic peoples avoid these high costs at the expense of permanent insecurity. The golden mean (happy median) is Liberty – prevention of the state while also holding land.
Only landed people create monuments and art. And Europe is a vast, open air museum.