If American Federalism Were like Swiss Federalism, There Would be 1,300 States

by Ryan McMaken In a recent interview with Mises Weekends, Claudio Grass examinedsome of the advantages of the Swiss political system, and how highly decentralized politics can bring with it great economic prosperity, more political stability, and a greater respect for property rights. Since the Swiss political system of federalism is itself partially inspired by 19th-century […]

America is coming apart — don’t try putting it back together

Tom Woods emails: Shortly after Donald Trump was elected a year ago, I sent out an email to the effect that American society was coming apart. And it’s only gotten worse. Ideological and cultural differences have reached a point at which huge pluralities simply loathe each other. What one group considers holy and praiseworthy the […]

Why a Small State Is More “Voluntary” than a Big One

by Ryan McMaken Because of their physical size, large states are able to exercise more state-like power than geographically smaller states — and thus exercise a greater deal of control over residents. This is because larger states benefit from higher barriers to emigration than smaller states, thus allowing them to avoid one of the most […]

Why The Catalan Independence Movement Is Failing

Via GEFIRA, The Catalan fight for independence is not how conflicts are fought throughout history, let alone how they are won. Some movements for national independence have succeeded in history, others have not. Presently, it seems that the Catalan bid is destined to fail. Maybe in the future Catalans will change their strategy and achieve their goal, but […]

Secession — Not Military Intervention — Can Help Venezuela

by Jose Nino Not too long ago, US President Donald Trump made headlines by suggesting a potential military option in Venezuela in the face of the country’s rapidly decaying political situation. It’s undeniable that Venezuela is suffering a humanitarian and economic crisis of unprecedented proportions all thanks to the socialist policies that the country has experimented with over the […]

Catalonia (Catalunya) – Legal or not Legal 

by Martin Armstrong There are many who write in from Spain supporting Madrid against Catalonia. The core of their argument is that the call this movement an independent “socialistic movement” and they argue it is not at all but democratic. “There’s indeed a strong independence feel in Catalunya, they have been like this for centuries although […]

Catalonia: a philosophical case for Secession 

Yesterday, the Catalan government has overwelmingly voted for independence from Spain and to establish an independent republic. 70 were in favour, 10 were against, and 2 votes were blank. Unfortunately, it was rejected by the central governments of Spain and many other countries. Nonetheless, the Catalan case may inspire the other independence movements in Europe. […]

Catalonia referendum – regions desperate for independence

CATALONIA’S quest for independence from Spain could spark a domino effect plunging the European Union into crisis as a map reveals the other regions across the continent desperate for autonomy. Catalonia threw Spain into a constitutional crisis yesterday after declaring independence following a controversial referendum. But the region is not alone in its hope for […]

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