The essays in Secession, State & Liberty argue that the political impulse to secede--to attempt to separate from central government control--is a vital part of the Lockean classical-liberal tradition, one that emerges when national governments become too big and too ambitious.
Unlike revolution, secession seeks only separation from rule, preferably through non-violent means. It is based on the moral idea, articulated by Ludwig von Mises in 1919, that "no people and no part of a people shall be held against its will in a political association that it does not want."
These important essays--which cover philosophy, history, economics, and law--argue that the threat of secession should be revived as a bulwark against government encroachment on individual liberty and private property rights, as a guarantor of international free trade, and as protection against attempts to curb the freedom of association.
This volume is composed of these eleven essays:
Included as appendices are the text of:
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