On Secession

As much as I love the idea of secession, of people in a given territory breaking political ties with the larger territorial state, there is one major drawback: secession dissenters within the seceding territory being forced to break ties with the old state and live under the new state. Many “loyalists” were murdered and/or driven from their property because they dared to dissent American secession from Great Britain. That’s a horrible injustice and quite unlibertarian. It amounts to the conquest of the dissenters by the new political order, the new state, and is as much an attack on innocent people (those not participating in the state’s crimes, anyway) as is the preservation of the status quo. When has secession historically not amounted to this? What’s one who values life and liberty to make of it? And that’s today’s two cents.


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Founder and editor of Everything-Voluntary.com and UnschoolingDads.com, Skyler is a husband and unschooling father of three beautiful children. His writings include the column series “One Voluntaryist’s Perspective” and “One Improved Unit,” and blog series “Two Cents“. Skyler also wrote the books No Hitting! and Toward a Free Society, and edited the books Everything Voluntary and Unschooling Dads. You can hear Skyler chatting away on his podcasts, Everything Voluntary and Thinking & Doing.