At the post, It's Time to Support Our Libertarian Brothers and Sisters in Catalonia, r Shook asks this question:
Along these same lines would you oppose the secession of California if the masses there decided it would be in their best interest? If not, please explain.First, I must point out that secession is
only a tool. It can be used for good or bad, just like, say, jury nullification.
Jury nullification is very often a positive from a libertarian perspective if the jury denies a guilty verdict in a case where the government charged an individual with action that was not a violation of the non-aggression principle, say the selling of marijuana.
However, consider this scenario, a jury nullifies the conviction of an individual who stole a truck from a corporation because the corporation was "making too much in profits" by serving its consumers and the corporation doesn't get its truck back.
This would be using the tool, nullification, in a non-libertarian manner and should be objected to by all libertarians. Whenever jury nullification occurs, there is a plus in that more become aware of the concept of jury nullification, but there is more to the situation, namely, does a particular nullification move us in the direction of liberty or away from it.
The same goes for secession.
r Shook poses his question in the form of what " if the masses there [California] decided it would be in their best interest [to secede]," but I am not in favor of majority rule. I am in favor of respect for private property and allowing individuals to do whatever they please on their property. That is, I am in favor of the Private Property Society.
And most certainly here in California, where I reside, I would not be in favor of a secessionist government that created all sorts of regulations that further limit my liberty. So if a California secession movement would appear to be moving in the direction of liberty, I would be in favor of it. That is using the secessionist tool to advance liberty. However, I would be against using the secessionist tool if it appeared to be moving in the direction of a more oppressive government.
This is basic realpolitik analysis. The ideal is a PPS. However, if the PPS is not going to be gained in the short-run, we must always support moves that are in the direction of liberty and recognize that tools such as jury nullification and secession are only tools, that should be used or discarded, depending upon the circumstances and whether the tools are being used to advance or shrink liberty.