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Breaking Away: The Case for Secession, Radical Decentralization, and Smaller Polities

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The reader will come away with a better understanding of how political decentralization continues to be relevant, useful, and important in the modern world.
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Breaking Away differs from countless other books on secession and decentralization in that it considers examples and benefits of secession and radical decentralization in a much broader historical, geographical, and theoretical context. This book is for anyone interested in how issues of secession and decentralization come up again and again worldwide as communities of human beings seek self-determination, freedom, and economic prosperity. McMaken also examines small states which are often examples of successful cases of secession and radical decentralization.

The reader will come away with a better understanding of how political decentralization continues to be relevant, useful, and important in the modern world.

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by T.L. Hulsey
on 11/12/2022
from Texas
Not a Scholarly Work
Though McMaken’s admits in the Preface that the book is not theoretical, he repeatedly works against his stated ideas:
“But in spite of many efforts by separatists worldwide, there have been few changes to the lines on the maps.” [p39] But the 4-fold increase in states since the UN’s founding has demanded considerable “changes to the lines on the maps.”

His argument (Ch8) is odd, since cohesion by mutable political ideology instead of culturally, by shared values, defeats his own communitarian premise. For nuclear deterrence, Ch13 oddly favors proximity to superpowers & nuclear proliferation among smaller (seceded) nations, which must have considerable centralization to maintain such weapons. The postscript proclaims “the EU remains remarkably decentralized by American standards” [p188], ignoring that EU hostility to Brexit hardly favors secession.

The book reflects its origin in being cobbled together from ad hoc articles: It lacks logical follow-through, and has very thin endnotes.
by Andrew Winfield
on 10/28/2022
from Florida
10 of 10
Makes the case for secession eloquently and logically. UNLIKE any other secession book on the market. After reading this book, it is clear that secession and radical decentralization would only IMPROVE the U.S. and the sacred fire of Liberty. 
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ISBN 9781610167581
eISBN 9781610167611
Publisher Ludwig von Mises Institute
Publication Date 10/17/2022
Dimensions 6x9

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