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Feb. 2nd, 2003

12:17 pm - Ethics of Secession

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From:crasch
Date:February 6th, 2003 10:13 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for your thoughts.

I agree that the Feds would fight a secession attempt. But I don't think that they would fight secession per se. Rather, they'd demonize the state for some other reason, and attempt to take over the state in order to fight demon drugs, terrorists, etc. I also think you'd see attempts to locate military bases, nuclear waste dumps, etc. in the state to "punish" them.

That said, I think that the Feds would ultimately back down, as long as the citizens of the seceding state didn't attack the Feds physically. If the leaders of secession movement used only non-violent resistance tactics, then the Feds would have difficult time tarring them with the terrorist brush. I think a successful secession movement would also have to establish contacts with major media outlets before making the formal attempt, so that the media spins it a s "secessionist davids against federal goliath" rather than "right-wing terrorists fomenting rebellion".

( BTW, I'm aware of the Free State Project--I started the freestate LJ community. )
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From:mindwalker
Date:February 6th, 2003 10:28 pm (UTC)
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I agree on all points. There will certainly be obstacles to pulling it off successfully, but it's not impossible. The first step is getting enough individuals to vote with their feet.

( BTW, I'm aware of the Free State Project--I started the freestate LJ community. )

Ah, silly me. I should have remembered that and/or would have known if I'd just bothered to look :)
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