RCH: The secession of Texas from Mexico

My latest at RealClearHistory deals with Texas and its secession from Mexico. An excerpt: There are other similarities, too, starting with the fact that Texas was not the only state in Mexico to try and secede from Mexico City. The self-declared republics of Rio Grande, Zacatecas, and Yucután also asserted their independence from Mexico, though … Continue reading RCH: The secession of Texas from Mexico

Secessions that didn’t work out

No, not that secession. It’s the ten most important unsuccessful secessions of the last few decades. That’s the topic of my latest column over at RealClearHistory, anyway. An excerpt: You already know about Catalonia and its unsuccessful bid to secede from Spain late last year. (Check out our archives if you want to get up … Continue reading Secessions that didn’t work out

Catalonia: a philosophical case for Secession

Yesterday, the Catalan government has overwelmingly voted for independence from Spain and to establish an independent republic. 70 were in favour, 10 were against, and 2 votes were blank. Unfortunately, it was rejected by the central governments of Spain and many other countries. Nonetheless, the Catalan case may inspire the other independence movements in Europe. … Continue reading Catalonia: a philosophical case for Secession

From the Comments: On the Impossibility of Secession Within the European Union

Dr Stocker brings my musings on secession and the European Union back to reality: Some good historical analysis here, but I’m not so sure about the conclusion. I certainly support a right for regions to secede, but not all EU member states recognise such a right. Spain is the obvious example, since while it gives … Continue reading From the Comments: On the Impossibility of Secession Within the European Union

Secession and international alliances go together

It is important to scrutinize the intellectual strength of libertarian ideas about international relations. Here are a few – admittedly only partly systematic- thoughts about the relation between secession and international relations. Or more precise: some libertarians are positive about secession, yet at the same time negative about international alliances. How does that relate? Pleas … Continue reading Secession and international alliances go together

Secession and libertarianism – Ukraine Edition

The most basic rule of schoolyard behavior is this: Don’t challenge the school bully if your knees are buckling under you. Mr Obama keeps ignoring the rule, with predictable results: One tyrant, one despot after another receives his confirmation that the USA is no dangerous, no matter what you do. Thinking the US in not … Continue reading Secession and libertarianism – Ukraine Edition

From the Comments: Secession and Nationalism in the Middle East

My dear, brave friend Siamak took the time to craft a very insightful rebuttal to my argument on supporting decentralization in the Middle East. He writes: Brandon, First of all thanks a lot for your attention to my comment… You know that I have problems in English and maybe that’s the cause of some mis-understandings… … Continue reading From the Comments: Secession and Nationalism in the Middle East

Secession Within the US?

“Yeah, why not?” would be my answer to this question. Apparently, it’s a question being asked more and more lately in some states. I wouldn’t mind seeing a federal republic with twice or even three times as many states as we have now. Conceptually, this would be no different from secession within the EU or … Continue reading Secession Within the US?

Scotland and Secession

From the New York Times: Scotland would have to renegotiate membership in the European Union and other international organizations if it votes for independence in a referendum next year, according to legal advice expected to be published Monday by the British government. Read the whole thing. A couple of thoughts: Wow, the British government published a report … Continue reading Scotland and Secession

Secession within the EU?

While I’m on the topic of secession, I thought I’d point readers to the upcoming vote in Catalonia to see if they want to secede from Spain. Central to my arguments for secession is the role that new states would have within a broader free trade zone (like the U.S. or the E.U.). For Catalonia, … Continue reading Secession within the EU?

Separatism (Secession) in Spain, and the Rest of the World

Separatist agitations in Spain have prompted some observers to reconsider the concept of secession as a viable option in politics again. The BBC has a very good report here, and the Economist has an even better one here. When I was taking an Honors course on Western civilization and we got to the European Union, … Continue reading Separatism (Secession) in Spain, and the Rest of the World

States and Secession: Lamenting the Failure of the Euro Zone

The Guardian has a so-so map on secessionist movements in Africa that’s worth checking out. I say it’s only so-so because it doesn’t really cover all the secessionist movements in the region, just the violent ones or the ones favored by Western diplomats. I’m interested in secessionist movements because of the effects that they have … Continue reading States and Secession: Lamenting the Failure of the Euro Zone

Secession, Small States, and Decentralization: A Rejoinder to Dr. Ayittey

Dr Ayittey has kindly responded to my rebuttal. You can’t mix secession with decentralization of power; oranges and apples. Your statements that “Smaller states would be much better for Africa than the large ones in place” and “The more “Little Djiboutis” there are, the better” are ridiculous. At a time when small countries are coming … Continue reading Secession, Small States, and Decentralization: A Rejoinder to Dr. Ayittey