An Early Start on Secession

Monday, June 13, 2011
Posted in category secession

My mother’s side of the family (the Laurencelle family; how is that for a great French name?) hails from Quebec City (after earlier family had migrated from Alsace-Lorraine). My father’s side (De Coster) – they are Flemish and come from Lichtervelde, West Flanders. I am secessionist, by birth, on both sides. I hated the state even in the womb. See the heroic secessionist Donald Livingston on “Decentralizing for Freedom” on the Tenth Amendment Center website. Writes Livingston:

To all of this it is often said that State interposition, nullification, and secession were eliminated as policy options by the Civil War. Brute force, however, cannot settle moral and constitutional questions. Lincoln’s claim that the Union is older than the States; that it created the States; that a State is merely an administrative unit (like a county in a unitary state), are historical and moral claims that must stand on their own. They cannot be settled by superior firepower but only by reasons that persuade.

…Or it will be said that, even so, too much water has gone over the dam. Institutions of the central government are so entrenched, so entangled with powerful interests, and this system has gone on for so long that people have lost any sense of civic virtue on the State and local level.

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3 Responses to An Early Start on Secession

  1. David Smith says:

    June 14th, 2011 at 9:24 am

    Although I believe we here in the South remain a nation within a “nation”, with our own distinct culture and traditions – though much maligned – the current conditions throughout the US underscore that secession never was nor need be a strictly Southern thing; in fact it is altogether in the best of American traditions. No amount of lying, obfuscation, nor utilitarianism from the likes of Lincoln et al. can obscure this fact. We are fast approaching times when the centralizers will no longer be able to hold things together without ever harsher restrictions on our liberty. That, combined with the level of debt each of us is burdened with, will likely result in the realization that the Federal government is more of a millstone than it’s worth.

    It need not be the South who initiates this again; other states and sections of the country have as much to lose as we do. To whomever primes the pump, good for them!

  2. da99 says:

    June 18th, 2011 at 9:01 am

    Just a side note on Quebec:

    I remember reading a blog entry on Quebec’s possible succession. A Canadian military officer said they were prepared to use military force on Quebec if they chose to succeed from the national government. (I couldn’t find the url to the blog entry.)

  3. liberranter says:

    June 20th, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    da99, you’re almost certainly correct. I also would be very surprised if Rome-on-the-Potomac didn’t intervene on the side of the Canadian central government, no doubt citing “security concerns.” In fact, they’d almost certainly intervene even if Ottawa decided to let Quebec go its own way.

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