At the post, “Silent Catalonia” Rises Up Against Secessionists, unkown asks:
Bob, would you agree that, even though you think they shouldn't and it will result in a negative outcome if they do, Catalans have the right to secede?
My reply is multifold.
First, I don't believe
in the concept of "natural rights," so I reject the question on that foundation.
Second, individuals act not regions. Thus, I see no reason to cheer on a majority who want to march into hell. I will stick with my libertarian brothers even if there is only one and there is at least one who chooses to stay under the rule of Spain, which appears from all reports a much freer proposition than the government that would develop under a separate Catalonian state.
Finally, it is important to make clear to libertarians that secession is only a tool. It can move a region toward more freedom or away from it.
It is silly to cheer tools. A hammer, which is a tool, can be used to bang nails into wood to build a house, a good thing. A hammer can also be used to hit a victim over the head during a robbery, not such a good thing.
Whenever a tool is used, we should ask, Is this tool being used for good or bad?
Using secession to march a region into a radical leftist regime does not appear to me that it is something a libertarian would want to cheer on.