E.g. an anonymous commenter writes:
Wrong Bob. If the people of Cali want to secede, that is their choice and it's not up to me as a non-Californian to teach them about liberty first. They are at liberty to decide.Nowhere in my post do I say that a California secession should be stopped. I merely point out that such a secession is not likely to turn out well.
California is filled with lefty wackos. I am horrified at the thought of the type of government that they would institute. That's what I wrote:
I am no fan of big government but I hate to think what kind of whacko government would emerge in California given the number of lefty wackos in the state.My point is revolutions and secessions do not necessarily lead to nirvana.
I go on to say:
Focus should be on the long and difficult task of converting the masses to at least a gut level appreciation of liberty rather than promoting revolutions and secessions before the masses are likely to introduce liberty.Supporting wacko revolutions and secessions can only lead to the charge after they fail: "Well, you supported it."
A libertarian's first focus should always be on liberty.
Cheering on a secession, without making it clear that secession which doesn't move in the direction of liberty is not going to work out well, is a grave error.
It is really saying: "I am in favor of local statists being even if they are more oppressive than federal statists."
Libertarians should focus on advancing liberty not on cheering on technical forms of more oppressive government.
The libertarian answer to Calexit should be: "I am not opposed to breaking away from oppressive government but I am not in favor of then introducing an even more oppressive government."
When the commenter above writes: "If the people of Cali want to secede... "
It is a socialist trap.
There are no "people of Cali," there are the oppressors and the oppressed. Replacing the oppressors with a new set of oppressors is not an exciting prospect for me.
Libertarian secession is about shrinking government, not putting a modern day Mao in charge.
It is an exciting thing when people want to secede to escape government oppression, so we should not be against secession itself, but we must make clear that secessions can lead to horrific consequences if they are not accompanied with a fundamental appreciation of liberty.
Maybe there is a momentum thing when one secession leads to others but I am really not going to cheer on a secession that leads to more oppression.