Writes Michael Suede:
[There] are a great many people who feel that the amount of money, resources and liberties that the federal government is taking from them greatly outweigh any possible benefits that they may be deriving from the federal state. From their perspective, it would be better to have more accountable local governments control those resources, rather than some bloated and distant federal bureaucracy. Are those people any different from the people who advocated secession from the British monarchy? I think not.