20 March 2014

Post #4,000: Is Secession Inevitable?

This guy thinks so. He presents a thoughtful study based on three types of law. Go there if you wish, and think it over for yourself.

Here's an excerpt:

"The international law of secession is in the process of emerging at this very time. The U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights indicates that all people have the right to a country. A corollary of this is that no people should long be kept in nationless status, e.g., the Palestinians. A further corollary of this is that no people should long be kept in any subjugated status, such as by being citizens or subjects of a country from which they are alienated."

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"The argument for secession under emerging international law might be strongest for Alaska. Geographically, the place is disjoint from the other states of the Union, making it an identifiable place. Furthermore, under their state constitution's explicit right of privacy, possession of small amounts of marijuana is a right; yet, the so-called federal government imposes the costs of its war on drugs onto the citizens of Alaska.

"Furthermore, the people of Alaska have been long frustrated in developing their natural resources because of the opposition by majorities in the "lower 48." Indeed, as a separate nation, Alaska might be the freest place in the world, with zero taxes because of its wealth in natural resources, well-established civil liberties, and a socially tolerant, live-and-let-live attitude among its people."

I don't know if this is inevitable, or desirable, and you must draw your own conclusions.


Discussion?

14 comments:

PioneerPreppy said...

Secession will happen one way or another within the US. There is no way the government can continue to bring in immigrants who have no intention of becoming 'Americans" and keep the US together. Eventually either the new immigrants will leave on their own or the sheer costs will force the flyover states to leave just to survive.

I wouldn't look to the UN for any sort of confirmation for any state that contains Whites, especially White Men to have any right to secession though. As with most UN "rights" they do not apply to White, Christian Men.

Rev. Paul said...

Agreed, Preppy. It seems Balkanization is more likely than not. The only question is how hard the government would fight to hang onto those who leave.

Cathy said...

" . . how hard the government would fight to hang onto those who leave."
Ah. There's the rub.
Tell you what . . It would be really, really ugly.
Pray it doesn't come to this.

Rev. Paul said...

Cathy - I have a feeling that "really, really ugly" is an understatement.

Well Seasoned Fool said...

Legal arguments pale against economic reality and physical security.

Rev. Paul said...

Quite right, WSF. Economic reality & self-interest will drive whatever decisions are made.

Old NFO said...

+1 on WSF, and we're damn near to that point... sigh

Murphy's Law said...

If you guys decide to fight the fight over it, I'm in with two dogs and a machine gun.

Rev. Paul said...

Concur, NFO. Completely.

ML, you may not be able to wait on others to begin, given your location.

Murphy's Law said...

Actually I've always kinda figured that it would start around here and I've planned accordingly. But if by some chance, you guys up there decide to jump-start things, a little heads-up would be nice.

Rev. Paul said...

I'm just along for the ride, like everyone else. "Observant spectator" would be a good way to describe it...

juvat said...

Rev,
I've always thought Texska or Alaxas might be good names for the new country.

Rev. Paul said...

I appreciate the humor, Juvat. :)

Unknown said...

That is an interesting post you dug up, Rev. Paul.

My personal opinion is that there would be huge advantages to secession simply because of greater local control. A country with 300 million people will be run by those who can game the system the best. They can pit gun rights against abortion rights, so that we never even get to discuss other issues. In a country of a few million it is much harder to pull this kind of trick off: the country and issues would be local enough that everybody knows the score and who the crooks are.

But bringing this about is a very long term effort. There are so few who have even thought about it seriously that legal considerations don't even matter yet. And those few who benefit from the current system are smart and determined and own the megaphone.