Interesting post over at Mother Jones, to say the least – and the principle definitely makes sense. Here’s an excerpt:
Rachel’s case for secession wouldn’t find much common ground with Rick Perry, though; to her, breaking away would only be the mildly humorous first step. All 50 states should break apart, and then keep on subdividing from there, into counties, and then towns, and then small, walkable, autonomous communities where everyone knows everyone and no one would ever, ever, think of building a WalMart. There’s something of a small-government streak there, but mostly it’s just fiercely anti-corporate (Mexican Coca Cola notwithstanding), in a way that reminded me of the folks who want to restore Vermont’s independence so that they can ban chains and eat nothing but locally grown produce.
I think one could easily replace the words 10th Amendment, Nullification, State Sovereignty, federalism, or decentralization – instead of secession, and get the same kind of results and message across. When political power is limited in size and scope, it can best reflect the interests of the people who live there.
I just hope that more people – from the left AND the right – recognize these truths in the coming years.
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