Isn’t Secession the Civilized Way to Dissent?

A struggle has been going on in Virginia. Ostensibly it is a struggle between gun control advocates and second Amendment advocates. It may really be a struggle between rural areas and urban areas. The rural areas do not want the second Amendment abridged. The urban areas argue for abridging it. It seems to me that the urban areas really want/need a Constitutional amendment. There is an easier and more peaceful way – Secession:

As Mises noted, to force members of conflicting groups to live side by side within a single jurisdiction is problematic to say the least. It only encourages each side to become ever more fanatical in its drive to gain control of the machinery of government so as to oppress the other side. This is why Mises presented his plan as a means of avoiding violence: increasingly intense competition over centralized institutions of political power tends to lead to violence in the long term. The answer lies in decentralization and secession. Conversely, the potential for violence is minimzed by minimizing the state’s power. In the presence of a mostly laissez-faire government, neither side has much reason to worry about who controls the state. But the stakes climb ever higher as the state gains more power over peoples’ lives.

But “minimizing state power” certainly isn’t what is going on in Virginia right now. If anything, the state is moving very much in the opposite direction. In a prudent and flexible political system, those parts of the state dominated by the now out-of-power groups would be permitted to join themselves to regimes more in line with their cultures and ideological views. But we do not live in a prudent and flexible political system. We live in a system where the dictates of “democracy” are such that whichever group finds itself in the minority must submit to the elected ruling regime. “Or else.” No other option is permitted. This is a road that often leads to violence, either by private parties, or by the regime against the people.

It is too bad that we don’t have MOAR freedom.

The Trump Impeachment Charade is Not New

Politically motivated impeachments do not appear to be new. David Byrne said in “Once in a Lifetime”, “Same as it ever was”:

This is from Lew Rockwell’s site:

Andrew Johnson, a Tennessee Democrat, stood with the Republican Union of Abe Lincoln. Consequently, Lincoln chose Johnson as his Vice President in his 1864 reelection campaign. When Lincoln was assassinated, Johnson became president.

President Johnson took to heart Lincoln’s emphasis on restoring comity between North and South. Consequently, Johnson opposed the harsh, exploitative, and demeaning policies of the Republican Congress during Reconstruction. He didn’t see how the Union could be restored on the basis of dispossession of Southerners, rape of Southern women, and the infliction of general humiliation on a conquered people.

The fanatical Republican Congress, however, was set on punishment and humiliation of the South. By blocking some of the most extreme Reconstruction measures, Johnson aroused the same enmity against himself as the Republicans had toward the South.  A series of disputes between the President and the Republican Congress led to a resolution of impeachment drafted by the Congressional Joint Committee on Reconstruction.

The United States government routinely uses its money as an incentive for countries to behave a certain way. We know that Mr. Joe Biden threatened to withhold aid from the Ukraine, if they did not fire a prosecutor, who was investigating his son, and then he bragged that Ukraine fired him.

I think it is pretty clear the impeachment is just politics as it was when Mr. Johnson was impeached.

Was Virginia About Guns or Rural Versus Urban Populations?

Thank G_d that the Lobby Day in Virginia on Monday was peaceful. An article on Mises today suggests that what we saw may not be so much about the right to bear arms as a rural environment versus an urban environment, and the urban environment being able to out vote the rural environment.

This is from Mises:

“To a certain degree, the showdown in Virginia is really only superficially about guns. It also represents the valid anxiety that has arisen as the state’s rural population finds itself increasingly powerless in the face of rapidly expanding political power wielded by high-population centers.”

Politically urban environments will always have MOAR power than rural environments and each of those environments have different needs due to their differing population densities. In an urban environment a person may be able to trust his/her self-defense to the police because they are able to respond to a call faster. In a rural environment there may be a long time before anyone is able to respond to a call for help with an armed intruder and thus there is a real need to be armed for self-defense.

I think most people think about a democracy as a way to have some self-determination and it is not just about pooling the most money possible. The Civil War showed us otherwise, but ideally I think democracy should be about self-determination. If that is the case, perhaps government jurisdictions should be smaller and perhaps each one should be composed of like minded people – like birds of a feather, flock together. The downside might be the “news” would be less entertaining!

MOAR democracy!