By RON PAUL || Even though it ultimately failed at the ballot box, the recent campaign for Scottish independence should cheer supporters of the numerous secession movements springing up around the globe.
In the weeks leading up to the referendum, it appeared that the people of Scotland were poised to vote to secede from the United Kingdom. Defeating the referendum required British political elites to co-opt secession forces by promising greater self-rule for Scotland, as well as launching a massive campaign to convince the Scots that secession would plunge them into economic depression.
The people of Scotland were even warned that secession would damage the international market for one of Scotland’s main exports, whiskey. Considering the lengths to which opponents went to discredit secession, it is amazing that almost 45 percent of the Scottish people still voted in favor of it.
The Scottish referendum result has done little to discourage other secessionist movements spreading across Europe, in countries ranging from Norway to Italy. Just days after the Scottish referendum, the people of Catalonia voted to hold their own referendum measuring popular support for secession from Spain.
Support for secession is also growing in America. According to a recent poll, one in four Americans would support their state seceding from the federal government. Movements and organizations advocating that state governments secede from the federal government, that local governments secede from state governments, or that local governments secede from both the federal and state governments, are springing up around the country. This year, over one million Californians signed a ballot access petition in support of splitting California into six states. While the proposal did not meet the requirements necessary to appear on the ballot, the effort to split California continues to gain support.
Americans who embrace secession are acting in a grand American tradition. The Declaration of Independence was written to justify secession from Britain. Supporters of liberty should cheer the growth in support for secession, as it is the ultimate rejection of centralized government and the ideologies of Keynesianism, welfarism, and militarism.
Widespread acceptance of the principle of peaceful secession and self-determination could resolve many ongoing conflicts. For instance, allowing the people of eastern Ukraine and western Ukraine to decide for themselves whether to spilt into two separate nations may be the only way to resolve their differences.
The possibility that people will break away from an oppressive government is one of the most effective checks on the growth of government. It is no coincidence that the transformation of America from a limited republic to a monolithic welfare-warfare state coincided with the discrediting of secession as an appropriate response to excessive government.
Devolving government into smaller units promotes economic growth. The smaller the size of government, the less power it has to hobble free enterprise with taxes and regulations.
Just because people do not wish to live under the same government does not mean they are unwilling or unable to engage in mutually beneficial trade. By eliminating political conflicts, secession could actually make people more interested in trading with each other. Decentralizing government power would thus promote true free trade as opposed to “managed trade” controlled by bureaucrats, politicians, and special interests.
Devolution of power to smaller levels of government should also make it easier for individuals to use a currency of their choice, instead of a currency favored by central bankers and politicians.
The growth of support for secession should cheer all supporters of freedom, as devolving power to smaller units of government is one of the best ways to guarantee peace, property, liberty — and even cheap whiskey!
Ron Paul is a former U.S. Congressman from Texas and the leader of the pro-liberty, pro-free market movement in the United States. His weekly column – reprinted with permission – can be found here.
Pope Ron Paul of Ancapistan has spoken, may He watch over the Sacred Marketplace for all eternity.
He’s not an ancap my commie friend.
Actually, he is an ancap. He was less overt about it while in office but now that he’s out of office he is more open about it.
Show me just one link, where he states he’s an ancap. Anywhere.
I can assure you, he is not, and you can not.
Points for creativity
I find it ironic that an isolationist would know what is going on in Scotland let alone the rest of the world.
Isolationists want to know what’s going on around the world. They want to trade with the world, not police it.
Actually, the term you’re looking for is ‘non-interventionist’
That’s only because you’ve applied the word “isolationist” incorrectly to Ron Paul. But then again, interventionists tend to do that.
California dividing into six states is a far cry from secession from the US except in the puerile brain of Ron Paul.
“the action of withdrawing formally from membership of a federation or body, especially a political state.”
California splitting up sounds like secession to me.
Simple yes/no question. If CA divides into six states, will they still be part of the UNITED States of America? If yes, then how have they seceded?
They’ve seceded from the “body” of the state of California, per the definition. I know you’d like it to be a “yes or no” answer, but it’s not because of the manner in which you’ve phrased the question.
One reason that the split into six states was promoted in Taxifornia was to stop the State of Jefferson movements. And so far that worked, the Jeffersonians up north here are silent until after the next election cycle.
An other reason the split to six has failed is because no one wanted the taxsuckers in Sacramento in their “state” ????
Americans want to succeed from the Union because of Obama and his goose steppers. I like how Graham plays South Carolina voters for fools.
“The smaller the size of government, the less power it has to hobble free enterprise through taxes and regulations.”
He must not be aware of county govt. with zoning ords. and building codes. The majority vote on county council has more direct power over our freedoms than any other level of govt. Not to mention the property taxes, “penny for progress” taxes and fees for everything they can think of. But then Paul is a loose cannon—errr pea shooter any way.
California is not going to split up, and while I have no desire to see my beloved SC secede from my beloved nation. I have no such feelings about Texas if they take Paul with them, and maybe all the South Carolinians that hate our country can move there too. Then we can all observe from a distance what its like to live in a Banana Republic oligarchy that will quickly develop in a nation run by Republicans. We just need to be sure to get our hardware out, sell our land and secure the border before that happens.
I doubt Texas will get a chance to leave before the US falls on its own sword. But you should always remain hopeful so you have something to live for.
How would Texas survive without all the federal dollars?
They take in much more from the federal governmnent than they pay in.
I’m sure they’d figure out a way with a GDP of $1.4 Trillion, which make would make them around the 13th most productive country in the world if they left the US.
Wrong! All states pay way more to the Feds than they get back. …Even Texas, even Taxifornia, even South Carolina …
The federal leviathan feeds at all 50 troughs.
The Tax Foundation has other articles that add to the taxpayer burden in each state. The total intake by the fed treasury also includes taxes, tithes and tributes from the likes of big oil, big pharmaceuticals, big banking and the rest of North American business, big and small.
FYI: Big Oil pays more into the fed treasury than all income tax payers combined … and who do you suppose pays Big Oil?
This is nonsense. Some states pay more to the feds than they get in return some pay less. It turns out that generally Republican control states pay less. They are taker states.
Not nonsense at all:
Every state taxpayer pays in more than they ever hope to recover.
Between the fed taxes on fuel, fed taxes on income, fed taxes on media, fed taxes on so many other areas … Every State (taxpayer) pays in more than they ever get back.
Really doesn’t matter about your fear of which state would or would not succeed first. In the end, this country is doomed and succession is going to happen with or without your attempt at a funny comment. As this nation’s woes grow, look for many more states beyond Texas and SC to be wanting out. Frankly, I have no more problem with succession over such circumstances as I do of a spouse who leaves her abusive relationship. Good for them!
You doom and gloomers are full of crap. You will be dead and buried before this nation dies, despite your best efforts to the contrary.
It’s not our country we hate (we actually love it dearly… enough to to take the time and energy to educate ourselves instead of lazily swallowing MSM BS). It’s the out-of-control government that has wiped it’s bum on our Constitution that we despise.
Did you ever get those negros sent off to Liberia after the war?
I doubt Ron Paul knows why any Scot voted as they did, but the smart ones realized that political separation while retaining monetary union with Great Britain is a recipe for economic disaster.
What would a seceded Texas use for currency? Yeah, I know Ron Paul would want gold coins, but be practical here.
The smart ones also realized that if they did not maintain monetary union with Great Britain, all of the capital would flee the country.
“What would a seceded Texas use for currency? Yeah, I know Ron Paul would want gold coins, but be practical here.”
Well, practically speaking, it was good enough to be codified as currency in the Constitution. The Founders seemed pretty practical. Other states have already done the same, so more than one state sees the affirmation as gold/silver as prudent.
Can you make a stew with gold or spread it on bread and make a sandwich? Gold, silver, paper currency, etc. only have value if people decide they have value. In the early history of New England, lobsters were considered trash and were spread on fields as fertilizer. Their “value” is quite different today.
You obviously missed the meaning of my name…
That whinzied old fuck just needs to go to the old folk’s home!!!!!
Texas can get their own navy,air force,marines,and army while they are at it. We’re talking mandatory military duty for all citizens,etc. it would not be a bastion of freedom but one of totalarism(sp)
Then let them see how much of their money goes for border defense!!!!!
And I wouldn’t lift a hand to help them when they got their asses in a jam either (which it would in no time!!!!!)
That goes for South Carolina too!!!!!!!
You’re a bit angry. I hope your post was somewhat cathartic.
“What would a seceded Texas use for currency?”
Wouldn’t anything be better than the Fed’s funny-money fiat currency which it has devalued more than 92% since it bamboozled its way into our nation?
Can we give away Jasper and Lexington Counties?