The Principles of Secession: 80,000 Texans Demand To Be Left Alone
In the wake of the presidential elections, petitions have been circulated on the Whitehouse.gov website advocating for the peaceful secession of numerous states. Â Texas seems to have the most signers at the moment, with nearlyÂ 80,000Â signaturesÂ at the time of this writing. Â Given that secession is making headlines again, I suppose it is worth going over the philosophy of secession in order to head off some misconceptions about it.
Whenever a secessionist movement reaches the media headlines, it is virtually always associated with the U.S. Civil War. Â In the minds of most people, advocating for secession is akin to advocating for slavery. Â Nothing could be further from the truth. Â A case in point being the U.S. Declaration of Independence. Â The Declaration of Independence is a document of secession, whereby the U.S. states decided that they did not want to live under rule of the British Crown. Â Without secession, the U.S. federal state wouldnâ€™t even be around today.
Typically secession occurs between state actors, but the principles behind it arenâ€™t limited to just state actors. Â Individuals can also decide that they donâ€™t want to abide by the dictates of people that others have appointed to rule them. Â Of course, when individuals decide that they donâ€™t want their lives to be controlled by mob elected rulers, it typically results in them being caged for tax evasion, refusal to obtain permits and licenses, drug law violations, along with a host of other victimless crimes that states create to control the resources of their citizens.
Secessionist movements virtually always aim to achieve greater local control of governance, along with an increase of individual freedoms. Â Likewise, secessionist movements are virtually always opposed by those who stand to benefit the most from the redistribution of resources that results from a larger state apparatus. Â Even in the U.S. civil war, the southern states werenâ€™t upset enough to go to war over the northâ€™s abolition of slavery, but they were upset enough toÂ secede from the union because they didnâ€™t feel they should have to pay taxes or abide by northern tariffs when the north wasnâ€™t holding up its constitutional obligations to catch run-away slaves.