Secession is a word which has an intense negative connotation in the minds of the American public. Up until recently just the thought of secession was liable to make somebody be labeled as a traitor to America and a racist. But it is interesting times we live in, and the idea of secession is no longer so quickly shot down.
There has always been a small secessionist current in America stretching all the way back to The War of 1812 when New England threatened to secede over the war with England. Finally, in 1860 the South decided to use its right to leave, and by mid 1861 eleven states had left the Union to form the Confederate States of America. Since in the minds of most Americans the war was solely about slavery, and due to the fact that the South lost the war that followed their secession, secession has been ridiculed by both Left and Right in America ever since.
It is not in the scope of this post to debate the causes of the War Between the States. If this is what you are interested in I would refer the reader to Dr. Thomas Woods’s 33 Questions About American History You’re Not Supposed to Ask, and The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History, for a brief discussion on the topic. On the legality of secession I recommend Dr. Woods’s book Nullification.
For the purposes of this post, I am assuming that secession is legal due to the compact theory of the United States’ Constitution, and that secession is morally consistent with natural law. Here I am simply stating that secession has become much more accepted in the mind’s of people across the United States, and that Propertarians can use this new sentiment to further their own political goals.
It was in 2008, with the election of Obama and the subsequent increase in the polarization of American politics, when secession started to gain much more currency with many conservatives, especially with the passing of Obamacare. As usual this push from conservatives was met with nothing but smear tactics from the Left calling the conservatives racists, white supremacists, and whatever other terrible word they can come up with.
This all changed in 2016 with the election of Donald Trump. All of a sudden the Left started to sing a radically different tune by actually calling for secession! This has been most clearly evident by the stunning popularity of the Calexit movement. With the leftist’s sudden change of heart, instead of calling them a bunch of hypocrites, which they are, Propertarians should be celebrating and encouraging such a development.
Secession is good for all those who are involved, especially with the current political polarization. Nobody should be ruled by a government they do not consent to. Secession can allow for all parties to go their separate ways in peace, and for local communities to take control over their own affairs. If a very leftist California wants to secede and create a society with government healthcare, unrestricted immigration, a lavish welfare state, etc. let them. All of this can be achieved by Californians through secession, and none of what California does would affect the conservative states. In fact, it would help the conservative states by removing the power California once held over them through the central government.
Of course it is not only states which should be allowed to secede. There are many secessionist movements within states, like Washington and Colorado for example. In these states the larger cities, Seattle and Denver respectively, are much more leftist than the rural counties of each state causing the conservative counties to want to form their own states. Why should these localities not be allowed their sovereignty if it is the will of the people?
On a national scale, decentralization is the main goal of the Propertarian Party, and decentralization is most effectively achieved through secession. This why the Propertarians are able to work with both the Left and Right of the American political spectrum, especially since this simple goal is now being embraced by both sides. Let us take advantage of the situation to educate the public about the good of secession, and to help and encourage those secessionist movement already in motion, so that we may be able to have our own Propertarian society.