Perfect-sized states?

Posted: November 29th, 2009 by Militant Libertarian

by Kent McManigal

StateRightsSecessionBannerAny time the subject of “secession” comes up, you get the apocalyptic hand-wringers saying that the “USA” must stay united at all costs.  Isn’t this the justification Lenin Lincoln used to facilitate the murder of multitudes of people?  Yet, the same people who vociferously defend holding the “USA” together in spite of all the reasonable arguments to the contrary are the same ones who oppose “one-world government”.  So, which is it?  They can’t have it both ways.

How much “state” is the perfect amount for the statists, and how do they know that the current size of the “USA” is “it“?  What are the odds that the status quo is the best possible situation?  Maybe it would actually be the “perfect size” by annexing New Zealand (no offense to Kiwis) or by kicking out Florida.  Or perhaps a better situation could be had by splitting the “USA” along the Mississippi River.  America is not “united” except by a common enemy: the US government.

It is unthinkable to these people that America be “allowed” to break up into smaller, more appropriate bits.  Bits based upon demographic regions or simply based on states seceding.  They speak about how “we are stronger together“.  Yet, if that were true, or if they really believed it were true, there is no stronger, bigger “unit” than the entire planet.

Just as I don’t support “nations”, I do not support “one-world government”.  Not even if I were able to emigrate to a new politically-unspoiled world.  That is because I know there is nothing good or ethical or even “safer” about coercive government of any size.

I advocate the ultimate in secession: down to the level of the individual for permanent “social unit size”.  For temporary, voluntary, collectives, any size or combination is acceptable, but only as long as membership or participation is completely voluntary and can be unilaterally abandoned by anyone at any time for any reason (or no reason) with no punishment, as long as their legitimatecommitments were satisfied.  That goes against everything the statists believe.  And it shows their hypocrisy beyond any shadow of doubt.


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