The Secessionist Papers

B. L. Clark, ed., The Secessionist Papers, The Calhoun Review, February 2016

Posted: 26 Feb 2016

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Barry Clark

The Calhoun Review; Liberty University

Brian McCandliss

Liberty University

Walter Block

Loyola University New Orleans

Thomas Woods

Suffolk Community College

Kevin Clauson

Bryan College

Kirkpatrick Sale

The Middlebury Institute

Forrest McDonald

University of Alabama

Gene Kizer

Bonnie Blue Publishing

Thomas DiLorenzo

Ludwig von Mises Institute

Donald Livingston

The Abbeville Institute

Date Written: February 20, 2016

Abstract

Why is it important to talk about secession? Few people that believe secession is a legitimate political theory, right and recourse also believe that in a practical sense it is achievable, reasonable or even preferable. Devolution is a complicated matter and requires a more or less united political will among a people within a region or area – within the confines of modern America it seems unlikely any such will of a sufficient majority will soon emerge, anywhere. The question thus remains, why even discuss the subject?

It is important to honestly discuss the matter because it goes to the very heart of how the Union of States was formed, what the Constitution was to mean and what relation the central government was to have to the people. Many of our contemporary political problems stem directly from a failure to understand foundational principles. Perhaps in engendering more honest discussions about foundational principles we might actually see contemporary problems more correctly.

Keywords: secession

Suggested Citation

Clark, Barry and McCandliss, Brian and Block, Walter and Woods, Thomas and Clauson, Kevin and Sale, Kirkpatrick and McDonald, Forrest and Kizer, Gene and DiLorenzo, Thomas and Livingston, Donald, The Secessionist Papers (February 20, 2016). B. L. Clark, ed., The Secessionist Papers, The Calhoun Review, February 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2735290

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Thomas DiLorenzo

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