Thursday, May 3, 2018
Is Secession Always a Libertarian Act?
The secession question appears to be a question that is difficult for many libertarians to grasp.
At the post, On Draper's Plan to Split California in Three: "It will definitely leave the Marxist, Commie, Progressive authoritarian wackos in charge," I see a couple of comments that seem to argue that secession will always mean a libertarian advance.
This is not the case. As I discussed when evaluating the Catalonia secessionist movement, a secessionist movement can be a move toward or away from liberty. Indeed, it is possible that a union of two geographic areas could be a greater advance toward liberty.
Consider a union of North and South Korea that occurs roughly along the lines of the German reunification, where the relatively free sector (West Germany/South Korea) becomes the dominant method of rule for the combined region. This would certainly be a spectacular advance for North Koreans with little in the way of less liberty for South Koreans and it could be argued that Korean unification would be a plus for South Koreans also since it would take the possibility of nuclear annihilation by North Korea off the table.
Regarding a three-way split of California, it certainly wouldn't be a libertarian positive for those living in the new state of Northern California or the new state of what would be called California.
Thus at best it would be a 2-1 move away from liberty.
This is not to say that all secessionists movements are bad for liberty just that secession is nothing more than a tool that can be a plus for liberty or a negative.
Over-focus on secession takes the eye off the ball. What private property society advocates should want is more freedom. If this can be brought about by secession, so be it but secession shouldn't be the ultimate goal. Freedom should be. -Robert Wenzel
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