Don’t knock se­ces­sion

Austin American-Statesman - - OPINION -

Re: July 7 PolitiFact Texas ar­ti­cle “Se­ces­sion re­mark was the­atri­cal, and so is bring­ing it up.”

W. Gardner Selby’s anal­y­sis of Bill White’s ac­cu­sa­tion that Gov. Rick Perry is threat­en­ing to se­cede from the United States re­veals more than the prospec­tive gover­nor’s the­atrics — it ex­poses a dan­ger­ous cul­tural stigma against the right of se­ces­sion.

Dur­ing the En­light­en­ment, the right of a pop­u­la­tion to se­cede from an un­just govern­ment was con­sid­ered es­sen­tial to the preser­va­tion of lib­erty; with­out it, a govern­ment could im­pose ar­bi­trary rule over a per­mis­sive pop­u­la­tion.

No doubt the Civil War and its af­ter­math con­trib­uted greatly to stig­ma­tiz­ing se­ces­sion. But we must keep in mind that the United States was formed by the uni­fied se­ces­sion of many in­de­pen­dent Amer­i­can colonies and grew into the freest and most pros­per­ous coun­try the world has known. It can’t be all bad. an­Drew gliD­Den


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