Now, he says, it’s up to the public to take up the call for states’ rights, dismantle the vast federal land and entitlement system, and return to “the good old days, when men were free and life was good,” as he wrote in an election-eve letter to Alaska Republicans.

Miller wants to phase out Social Security and Medicare. He says Alaska can generate plenty of its own money if it takes control of the state’s 178 million acres of federal lands — theoretically including such gems as Denali National Park and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge — for mining, timber, oil and gas development.

“We are at crisis point. I think anybody that sees this nation as being on stable economic or fiscal ground is fooling themselves,” he said in an interview. “The entitlement state has driven us into insolvency.”

This is extreme talk even for Alaska, where dreams are always writ large.