We should have the same system for government. Under the current system that doesn’t allow us to cancel the contract — even worse, there is no contract! — the government has no reason to improve. It just keeps dinging our credit card and ignoring our protests. We try to cancel but no one listens. This would never fly in the commercial sector and yet we put up with it every day in the government sector.
The old classical liberals, most famously Thomas Jefferson, saw the right to secede as a matter of human rights. People should not be forced into association with government that does not serve their interests. But there is also a practical matter here. We need some way to check government’s power. Nothing else seems to work. We’ve tried constitutions. We’ve tried “checks and balances.” We’ve tried the whole voting thing. Nothing works. The right to pull away and seek out other arrangements to protect human freedom might work where everything else has failed.
Even if secession doesn’t accomplish this goal, at least it achieves another main objective. The seceder is rid of the problem of paying for a service that doesn’t live up to its billing. That alone serves the cause of human dignity.
Sábado, Outubro 13, 2012
The Fundamental Right of Secession por Jeffrey Tucker: