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Michael Boldin on the Reality of Secession

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11/16/2018Michael BoldinJeff Deist

The midterm elections failed to produce an overwhelming Blue Wave, and political rancor in the US remains feverishly high. Now an astonishing new article in The Intelligencer considers the idea of a "federated" America, broken up into several political entities associated via compacts. It's not a dystopian view of a possible future, but rather a clear-eyed projection of what a political breakup of America might actually look like.

But is a breakup feasible? Does it have to involve outright secession by several states, or can some form of federalism allow Team Red and Team Blue to live together, even uneasily? Is Mises's conception of true self-determination, implemented by smaller administrative units rather than huge centralized states, lost to us today? Michael Boldin of the Tenth Amendment Center joins Jeff Deist to discuss the realities behind breaking up the US politically.

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