Don’t knock secession
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