Decentralization and Secession

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Government Is as Government Does

Big GovernmentBureaucracy and RegulationCronyism and CorporatismDecentralization and SecessionSocialismTaxes and Spending


If we have learned anything from hundreds of years of government oppression and atrocities, one thing is certain: government isn't our friend.

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Secession: Should the American Revolutionaries Have Quit to Appease the Loyalists?

Decentralization and SecessionU.S. History


Opponents of secession say secession is wrong if some people in the population don't want it and say they will be worse off. The American revolutionaries disagreed and seceded anyway.

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Three Reasons Why Secession and Decentralization Are Better for Human Rights

Decentralization and SecessionWorld History


Why decentralize? One: small polities allow for more choice and opportunities for exit. Two: small is better for minorities when democracy fails. Three: small polities limit the power of aggressors.

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An Age of Liberty in the Polish Commonwealth

AntipoliticsDecentralization and SecessionEconomic FreedomWorld History


For more than a century, the union of the Kingdom of Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania made possible one of the most liberal societies to date. The commonwealth left much to emulate.

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Why Libertarians Should Support the Multipolar World

Decentralization and SecessionDemocracySecessionWar and Foreign Policy


Western intellectuals and their political allies are pushing relentlessly toward a unipolar world. Freedom lies in the multipolar direction.

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Micronations in International Law: How US Policy Could Improve the Fortunes of Upstart Libertarian Countries

Decentralization and SecessionSecession


Breakaway groups are forming micronations to become free of stultifying governments. This trend certainly will continue.

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Decentralization, Freedom, and Peace Are the Pillars of a Free Society

Decentralization and SecessionU.S. HistoryWorld History


As the history of large states shows very well, choosing security without freedom leads to losing both rights and peace.

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Nationality and Statelessness: The Kuwaiti Bidoon

AntipoliticsDecentralization and Secession


All too often, people equate their nationality with a particular state. Yet, as Mises noted, nationality does not depend at all upon a formal entity tied to a government.

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On Secession and Small States

Decentralization and Secession


So, if we're going to talk about secession, then, it's also important to explicitly address the issue of "what is the correct size of states." Is smaller better? 

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We Are Not the Government, but America Is No Longer Anything More than the Government

Decentralization and SecessionU.S. History


In this politicized age, being an American means little more than being subject to the federal government. Yet, as Rothbard noted, we are not "the government," but rather people who are part of like communities, which we should celebrate.

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