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Tag: secession
  • Libertarians and the American Civil War

    Lately the media has been buzzing with articles trying to tie libertarians with neo-Confederates and racists. Most prominently, Jack Hunter, a pundit who until recently served as Sen. Rand Paul’s social media director, was attacked by neo-conservatives at the Washington Free Beacon.   This is nothing new. Libertarians have often debated the morality of the American …

  • Secession: Legitimizing the Debate

    Rational, legitimate debates are not often found in politics. Legitimate points can become so horribly misconstrued that they end up plunging the debate into a black abyss never to be taken seriously again. But in the wake of this year’s presidential election, a long dormant debate is starting to reemerge. In the weeks following Election …

  • Secession?

    In case you haven’t heard, several states are petitioning the Obama Administration for a “peaceful withdrawal” from the United States.  I browsed the White House petition page to take a look for myself. At approximately 10:30 p.m. MST on 11/12/12, there were a total of 83 active petitions — and 32 were petitions for secession. …

  • The Separation of Sudan

    In a widely-watched and closely-monitored vote, it appears that South Sudan will secede. Voter turnout rates and votes for separation have arguably made the vote one of the largest landslides in history, and “An Associated Press review of results at 10 sites in the south’s capital of Juba found a 95 per cent turnout in …

  • Secessionism ≠ Racism

    “[S]lander is often used in political debate and is often effective, and it has certainly been effective in preventing any rational discussion about nullification and secession in today’s United States.” Read the full text here.

  • Secession and the State of Jefferson

    Recently, Nathan-Fox Helser, a blogger at the Wake Forest University student newspaper, wrote about the right of secession in America and a current movement in California and Oregon to create a new state, called Jefferson.  Fox-Helser first sums up the right of secession as a truly liberal idea: While I’m pretty aware that most of these so-called …

  • Byzantium, Part Two?

    Jim Rogers, a world renowned investor, is warning the world of an impending currency crisis,”because there are so many imbalances in the world.” Ron Paul focuses on the “recovery” that has arrived as called by Larry Kudlow and company, as well as Obama’s economic team who so notably predicted that unemployment would not top 8%. …

  • Secession — An idea whose time has come?

    Bonnie, there’s a reason that the media and mainstream politicos react only with personal attacks (“crazy,” “racist,” etc.) to the All-American idea of secession: because there are no logical arguments against the prospect. Secession would make the US and the world a much better place. This libertarian principle would mean decentralization, far less crazed nationalism, an end to the empire, and (even if a …

  • Secession: A Possibility?

    Is secession — or, if not that, nullification and true states right — a possibility in the foreseeable future?  Though the idea has entered, in a small way, into the national debate, I am personally hesitant to acknowledge it as an event which our generation will live to see.  However, we are still young and …

  • Abbeville Institute Presents “State Nullification, Secession, and the Human Scale of Political Order”

    The Abbeville Institute is an organization that studies “what is true and valuable in the Southern tradition,” which often means a study of secession and its indispensability as an option for a free society. Now, as issues like secession slowly make their way into the mainstream, the Abbeville Institute is holding a winter conference, “State …