When Democrats fear they could lose a presidential race, they threaten to move to Canada (but rarely do). But now that Obama’s re-election has some Southern states seriously talking secession (a recent Public Policy Poll found that more than 100,000 Americans in Texas and 50,000+ in Georgia have signed secession petitions), Portland-based journalist Chuck Thompson responds: See ya! Convinced that the American South is essentially a separate country pulling down the rest of the United States, Thompson—an unapologetically ticked-off Northwest liberal and author of the provocative Better Off Without ‘Em—presents his own “modest proposal” for a national divorce. By crunching numbers, interviewing experts, and traveling the not-so-former Confederacy, Thompson persuasively (and often hilariously) builds a case that both sides might be better off if the South were to secede. Presented as part of the Town Hall Civics series with Elliott Bay Book Company. Series supported by The Boeing Company, the RealNetworks Foundation, and the True/Brown Foundation.