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 […]

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 […]

If the Majority Votes to Secede — What About the Minority?

by Ryan McMaken In recent years, left-wing groups have often been the driving force behind secession movements. This has been the case in Scotland, in Catalonia, and in California. In each case, the secession movements have been initiated in part to forward left-wing goals, such as the creation of a larger welfare state or to escape limitations imposed by political […]

The US Is Not “One Nation” — And it Never Was 

by Ryan McMaken Patrick Buchanan is an informative and interesting writer. On foreign policy, especially, he’s long been one of the most reasonable voices among high-level American pundits. When it comes to cultural matters, however, Buchanan has long held to a peculiar and empirically questionable version of American history in which the United States was […]

No Country Should Be Bigger Than This

by Ryan McMaken From the perspective of the state, one of the benefits of growing larger geographically is that bigness makes it more difficult for residents to emigrate or cross over borders to escape taxes. In his writings on the origins of the “European miracle” that led to the continent’s economic success, Ralph Raico has noted […]

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