The last time I heard Texas was trying to secede was when I was in middle school, and even then, the guys who want Texas to become their own country don't know what the hell they're talking about. The bulk of them are crazy-ass Christian fanatics who think Texas can survive on it's own, both economically and resource-wise.
Yeah, very similar to Catalonia.The only difference is that most Catalan separatists are not Christian fanatics but left-wing or even Communist fanatics.
You say that like it's a bad thing.
To be fair, extremism of any kind generally has a detrimental impact.
Ultimately though, self-determination has to come first. It's a shame to see societies divided in this way and I hope that a satisfying outcome for all involved will be found.
I think a compromise between patriotism and desire for national autonomy, and pragmatism, always needs to be found in cases like these. Wales (using an example I know well) manages this pretty well. Parts of the south are very anglicized, but mid Wales, north and West Wales retain a high number of Welsh speakers. Even in the English-speaking south, Welsh pride endures with gusto. However, we're content with being a part of the UK as we get decent representation and economically independence could not work for Wales. In any case I can't imagine independence ever gaining the same support in Wales as it does in other places simply as being part of the UK is more beneficial than detrimental for us.
Twisters: Whilst I agree with you, I'm not sure if that fact really has any bearing on the discussion. Yes, East Germany was one of the most successful satellite states, but that's only because many of the others were incredibly impoverished and faced frequent social upheaval as a consequence:
I don't think that life in East Germany, or any satellite state, was particularly liberating to say the least.
If you want an example of socialism succeeding, you need look no further than the south Indian state of Kerala, which is famed for its successful social policies which encourage the emancipation and education of women and improving literacy rates. I've never actually been to Kerala so I've no experience first hand, but everything I've read of it seems to hold the place in high regard, at least compared to other Indian states.
We need to keep in mind that Kerala is a small Indian state, not a western country, so to suggest that large western nations would respond as well as it has to its socialist policies would be a tenuous suggestion at best. Communism might be good on paper, but it's often a very different thing in practice.