The Second Wave of Secession

Chris Calton continues his Historical Controversies podcast which is an in-depth review of the Civil War. After Lincoln’s call for 75,000 volunteers to suppress the “Southern Rebellion,” the Upper South states reconsidered their decision to remain in the Union. As many people saw Lincoln’s call for troops as a usurpation of Executive authority, four more […]

Rothbard on National Liberation

by Murray Rothbard The recent rioting and virtual civil war in Northern Ireland points out, both for libertarians and for the world at large, the vital importance of pushing for and attaining the goal of national liberation for all oppressed people. Aside from being a necessary condition to the achievement of justice, national liberation is […]

Independence for Catalonia, Bavaria, Veneto

by Walter Williams Officials in Catalonia, Spain’s richest and most highly industrialized region, whose capital is Barcelona, recently held a referendum in which there was a 92 percent vote in favor of independence from Spain. The Spanish authorities opposed the referendum and claimed that independence is illegal. Catalans are not the only Europeans seeking independence. […]

In Europe, Exploited Regional Populations Are Growing Restless

by Jeff Thomas Recently, the people of two of Italy’s most prosperous regions voted in a referendum, on whether they wished to have greater autonomy from Rome. The referendum is non-binding, but that’s not what’s most significant in the results. What is significant is that over 95% of those who voted in Lombardy, did so in […]

Did Tariffs Really Cause the American Civil War?

by Chris Calton In the first episode of the new season of Historical Controversies, which will focus on the sectional crises that led to the Civil War, I gave a brief explanation of my problem with the “Tariff Thesis” for the cause of southern secession. My arguments on the subject were the primary subject of criticism for the […]

Jeff Deist on Why Smaller is Better 

Virtually every aspect of human life becomes more decentralized every day. Technology makes the old hub-and-spoke model of organizations obsolete; highly diffuse and ever-changing networks are the order of the day. So why is governance going in the other direction, becoming more and more centralized? Why do we accept the loss of local control and […]

Secession is as American as apple pie

As the European Union struggles under the reality and threat of countries or regions leaving it (as discussed in “Humpty Dumpty in slow motion”), it might be thought that the United States of America represents a haven of stability. But the Southern Confederacy was not the first or last word on secession, which history shows […]

Secede Alabama!

At LewRockwell.com Thomas DiLorenzo writes: Why Would Conservative, Religious People in Alabama Want to Remain in a Union with so many communistic, hedonistic, and atheistic leftists from New York, Chicago, L.A., etc. who look to the likes of the Clintons, Chuck Schumer, Maxine Waters, and Nancy Pelosi as their ideal role models and inspirations? Secede, Alabama! […]

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