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
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
NOL‘s roster has blogged about secession within the EU before, but what about dissatisfied regions joining Switzerland’s cantons instead of the EU? Read more, from the WSJ, to find out…
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
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
“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?
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
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?
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
Secession is not just a means of creating new countries, but can become a central element in governance in general. The general principle is that at any level of government, lower-level governments or individual residents may secede in part or in whole. This is from a paper by our own Dr. Foldvary. Do read the whole thing. … Continue reading More on Secession
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
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
Placing the American secession in global perspective Steven Pincus, Age of Revolutions Trotsky after Kolakowski Branko Milanovic, globalinequality A guide to finding faith Ross Douthat, New York Times Cancel culture: A recantation Irfan Khawaja, Policy of Truth
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In defense of Ted Cruz Thomas Knapp, TGC The political economy of exit clauses and secession (pdf) Huysmans & Crombez, CPE A republic of equals and unequals (pdf) John Meadowcraft, Public Choice An empire of stupidity Nina Herzog, LARB