Kudos to the Mises Institute for running this important interview (below) with Daniel Lacalle, who is a Spanish economist and libertarian who runs Mises Hispano.
He was interviewed by Mises president Jeff Deist ant the two discuss the facts behind the Catalan independence vote.
Daniel makes the case against secession based on his view that independence would result in less freedom for Catalans.
Jeff disagrees, arguing for self-determination as a fundamental libertarian political principle that contemplates freedom to choose even bad political arrangements.
Daniel's argument provides realpolitik perspective the point that I have been making that it is a mistake when looking at secession to not consider what a secessionist regime would look like. Secession by itself does not necessarily mean better circumstances for the people of a region.
Jeff argues that to be against secession is to be against self-determination, a fundamental libertarian principle. However, I would argue that Daniel is correct. The far left secessionist movement in Catalonia is not about self-determination, in the libertarian sense, but merely a shift in the ruling government that would result in less freedom and less self-determination at the individual level.