What if instead of 50 states, we divided the U.S. into principalities based around each area's favorite booze? This fun infographic has the answer. Find out if you're a resident of the Lone Shiner Republic or the Jeffersonian Democratic Commonwealth of the Grape below!
Created by Vinepair, this reminds me of all the post-apocalyptic RPGs I used to play, where future America would always have broken into new different republics and territories. Frankly, if this is how things eventually shake out, I'll be pretty pleased. But then I'll be living in the Bourbon Commonwealth and not one of the desperate bastards in the Bud Republic, so I'm probably a bit biased.
A Princeton PhD, was a US diplomat for over 20 years, mostly in Eastern Europe, and was promoted to the Senior Foreign Service in 1997. For the Open World Leadership Center, he speaks with
its delegates from Europe/Eurasia on the topic, "E Pluribus Unum? What Keeps the United States United" (http://johnbrownnotesandessays.blogspot.com/2017/03/notes-and-references-for-discussion-e.html). Affiliated with Georgetown University for over ten years, he shares ideas with students about public diplomacy.
The papers of his deceased father -- poet and diplomat John L. Brown -- are stored at Georgetown University Special Collections at the Lauinger Library. They are manuscript materials valuable to scholars interested in post-WWII U.S.-European cultural relations.
This blog is dedicated to him, Dr. John L. Brown, a remarkable linguist/humanist who wrote in the Foreign Service Journal (1964) -- years before "soft power" was ever coined -- that "The CAO [Cultural Affairs Officer] soon comes to realize that his job is really a form of love-making and that making love is never really successful unless both partners are participating."