Posts Tagged ‘ secession ’

Secession — California style — preparing for it

December 5, 2016
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The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton  

"There doesn't need to be a 'constitutional procedure' to secede, as it is included in the Tenth Amendment. Remember that? 'All powers not ...' That, legally, including the power (not the 'right') to leave. Provided, of course, that you can find the military power to support your decision. ... The entire War Between the States simply proved that tyrants sometimes do win: there was no legal attempt to deny the right of states to secede, and in fact, Congress's mandating that the former members of the Confederate States of America had to be 'readmitted' to the ('new, improved') Union was de facto evidence that even the Radical Republican ruled Congress DID recognize that the eleven states had withdrawn from the Union: HAD seceded." (12/05/16)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=10268  

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California the new redoubt of secession?

November 17, 2016
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The American Spectator
by Steven Greenhut  

"The most enjoyable part of the Trump victory has been watching people here in liberal northern California suddenly discover that some of the ideas libertarians and conservatives have long championed -- gun ownership, federalism, resistance to federal edicts, even secession -- might not be as crazy as they had once thought. The 'Yes California' campaign, which proposes a 2018 ballot initiative that would ultimately let Californians vote on an exit from the United States, has been around since well before the general election. Its backers have been treated as a small group of oddballs who occasionally hand out state flags outside the Capitol. Now they're getting half-serious attention from the press corps." (11/17/16)

https://spectator.org/california-the-new-redoubt-of-secessionism/  

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#Calexit? Great idea! Secession means more smuggling opportunities

November 16, 2016
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JD Tuccille Reason
by JD Tuccille  

"Whatever the final outcome of efforts by any state to go its own way, and no matter what snarky responses to the same, there's little doubt that there's enormous benefit to be had from secession -- by smugglers. And there is nothing more American than smuggling. 'Both limits on trade and the defiance of those limits are intimately tied up with America's concept of itself and Americans' understanding of patriotism,' I wrote last year in a review of a book about that long and storied history. Secession means new borders, and borders represent the limits of authority for rival governments enforcing different laws." (11/15/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/11/15/calexit-great-idea-secession-means-more  

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Secession is a solution for deep political division

November 10, 2016
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Foundation for Economic Education Foundation for Economic Education
by Ryan Miller  

"Sometimes in a relationship you just need to go your separate ways. Sometimes it gets to the point where you lose the joy that brought you together and maintaining the relationship becomes a hellish ordeal. If you try to duke it out for too long resentment builds. Resentment will eventually turn to hate. At this point, when just sheer momentum is holding you together and nothing more, all you experience is pain. It's not you, it's me. This situation is as true for romantic relationships as it is for all others. But the most enduring relationship, one that conventional wisdom doesn't even allow us to question, is the political one that binds us to everyone else around us." (11/09/16)

https://fee.org/articles/secession-is-a-solution-for-deep-political-division/  

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Scotland: Sturgeon announces new independence referendum bill

October 13, 2016
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"A consultation gets under way next week on plans for a second Scottish independence referendum, the SNP's Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed. She told the party's Glasgow conference that an Independence Referendum Bill would be published next week. It marks the first step to holding a second vote. Ms Sturgeon said Scotland had the right to choose a different path if it was not allowed to protect its interests 'within the UK.' The first Scottish independence referendum, which took place on 18 September, 2014, resulted in 55% of voters saying 'no.'" (10/13/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-37634338  

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Catalonia: Separatists rally to push for break from Spain

September 12, 2016
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Al Jazeera Al Jazeera [Qatar]    

"Tens of thousands of Catalans gathered in Barcelona and four other cities for mass rallies to demand their region break away from Spain, as pro-independence leaders try to iron out differences over a secession plan. Over 340,000 people have signed up to join Sunday's demonstrations, scheduled to coincide with Catalonia's national day, the 'Diada,' which marks the conquest of Barcelona by Spain's King Philip V in 1714 after a 13-month siege and the loss of Catalan autonomy. ... Catalans have nurtured a separate identity for centuries, but an independence movement surged recently as many became disillusioned with limitations on the autonomy they gained in the late 1970s after the Francisco Franco dictatorship, which had suppressed Catalan nationalism." (09/11/16)

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/09/catalan-separatists-rally-push-break-spain-160911155855196.html  

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Spain: Court rules against Catalonia’s independence roadmap

August 2, 2016
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Russia Today [Russian state media]    

"Spain's constitutional court has suspended Catalonia's pro-independence roadmap, which was passed by the region's parliament last week. It followed allegations from Madrid that Catalonia violated the Spanish constitution by allowing a vote on the plan. Magistrates accepted an appeal by the Spanish government on Monday, which claimed that Catalonia's Committee to Study the Constitutive Process -- the group responsible for designing the region's strategy towards independence -- violated the Spanish constitution when it allowed parliament to vote on the roadmap on Wednesday, Reuters reported." (08/01/16)

https://www.rt.com/news/354173-spain-court-catalonia-independence/  

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Catalonia: Parliament votes to secede from Spain

July 28, 2016
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Bloomberg    

"Nationalists in Catalonia approved a plan to secede from Spain in a vote held by the region's parliament, defying the nation's Constitutional Court and challenging acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy as he struggles to form a government. Spain's caretaker administration said it has called on the state's attorney to present a challenge before the Constitutional Court dismissing the plan, which lists the steps that would be followed to create independence, including drafting a Catalan constitution. The latest escalation in the multiyear separatist movement signals renewed impetus from Catalans to break away from Spain. It coincides with a seven-month political deadlock sparked by two inconclusive elections that left the nation without a government." (07/27/16)

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-07-27/catalonia-approves-plan-to-secede-from-spain-amid-deadlock  

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Scotland: SNP pushes again for independence vote after Trident result

July 19, 2016
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The Guardian The Guardian [UK]    

"Another vote on Scottish independence is fast approaching after Westminster voted to renew Trident against the wishes of nearly every MP in Scotland, the [Scottish National Party] has warned. In a vote in the House of Commons, 58 of Scotland's 59 MPs voted against Trident renewal, with Scotland's only Tory MP, David Mundell, being the sole supporter. SNP Westminster leader Angus Robertson said the vote exacerbates the democratic deficit in Scotland, coming just weeks after Scottish voters overwhelmingly backed membership of the European Union but were outvoted by those in England and Wales." (07/19/16)

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/jul/19/snp-push-again-for-scottish-independence-vote-after-trident-result  

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Self-determination and individual choice in a post-Brexit world

July 13, 2016
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Richard M. Ebeling Future of Freedom Foundation
by Richard M Ebeling  

"The recent vote within the United Kingdom to withdraw from the European Union has implicitly once again raised the issue of the right of self-determination through secession. In other words, do individuals have a right to determine under which political authority they shall live and have representation?" (07/13/16)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/self-determination-individual-choice-post-brexit-world/  

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After Brexit, what’s N(H)ex(i)t?

July 5, 2016
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Darryl W Perry Free Press Publication
by Darryl W Perry  

"Some activists in New Hampshire are calling for an NHexit, with the first rally for the cause being held on June 26 -- just 4 days after the Brexit vote. Other NHexit rallies are planned for Independence Day across the state. With NHexit gaining momentum, it seems rather fitting for the Startup Societies Summit, hosted the International Coalition for Human Action, to be held in Portsmouth, NH over Independence Weekend. The Summit featured speakers advocating for everything from intentional community and economic development zones to using decentralized alternatives to government issued currency and regulations. Between speakers, the conversations were on the various ways to achieve more freedom and independence from larger more oppressive governments." [text, Flash audio or MP3] (07/03/16)

http://fpp.cc/after-brexit-whats-nhexit/  

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First the UK, then Scotland … then Texas?

June 26, 2016
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Ryan McMaken Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Ryan McMaken  

"That didn't take long. Only hours after the final results came in for a British exit from the EU, political leaders in Scotland are talking about renewing their drive to secede from the United Kingdom. Pointing to the fact that a large majority of Scots voted to remain in the EU, Scottish advocates for independence are now claiming (convincingly) that Scotland is leaving the EU against its will. ... When Americans indulge in thought experiments about the possible secession of American states, it is often assumed that most US states are too small 'to go it alone.' Indeed, most Americans greatly underestimate the size of many American states in relation to numerous independent and prosperous existing nation-states." (06/24/16)

https://mises.org/blog/first-uk-then-scotland-then-texas  

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Bernie Sanders can still become president … of Vermont!

June 9, 2016
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The New Republic The New Republic
by William Irwin  

"Bernie Sanders will not become president of the United States. But he could still become president of Vermont if the Green Mountain State secedes. It's not such a far-fetched notion. Vermont was an independent republic from 1777 to 1791, and despite signing the Constitution, Vermont reserved its right to leave the union. New York, Rhode Island and Virginia explicitly did so. In researching Free Dakota, my novel about secession, I discovered that in the early 1800s, talk of secession was more common among the New England states than among the southern states. Few people questioned a state's right to secede." (06/08/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/134086/bernie-sanders-can-still-become-president  

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Spain: PM holds first talks with Catalan pro-secession leader

April 21, 2016
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ABC News ABC News    

"Catalonia's new separatist leader presented his demand for an independence referendum during his first meeting Wednesday with acting Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, who rejected it as an unacceptable option for the region that accounts for nearly a fifth of Spain's economic output. Carles Puigdemont said he outlined for Rajoy his roadmap for the establishment of a new Mediterranean nation and a binding referendum for Catalonia's voters as the two met for more than two hours." (04/20/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/spain-pm-holds-talks-catalan-pro-secession-leader-38534360  

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Russian regime accuses Ukrainian regime of ignoring peace deal

March 23, 2016
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ABC News ABC News    

"Opening a day of intense international diplomacy Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Wednesday accused Ukrainian's government of dragging its feet on implementing last year's cease-fire agreement. Although last year's cease-fire between Russian-backed separatists and Ukrainian government forces has largely held, none of the political elements, including calling a local election there, has been implemented. Fighting in Ukraine's [former, now seceded] industrial heartland which has close ties to Russia has killed more than 9,100 people and left large swathes of land under [local secessionist] control." (03/23/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/russia-accuses-ukraine-ignoring-peace-deal-37862125  

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Catalonia: Mas stands aside to break deadlock on new government

January 10, 2016
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Bloomberg    

"Catalonia’s acting President Artur Mas agreed to stand aside to allow groups seeking independence to avoid new elections and form a stable regional government to press ahead with their campaign to split from Spain. Mas said Saturday he won't seek another term and will instead propose Carles Puigdemont, the mayor of Girona, to lead the new government. ... The Spanish government in an e-mailed statement called on Catalan leaders to abandon their plans to separate from the rest of the nation and stop 'creating new tensions.' The legitimacy of Catalan institutions comes from Spain's constitution, according to the statement, which also said the next national government should have a broad parliamentary base to confront the secessionist challenge." (01/09/16)

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-01-09/catalonia-s-mas-stands-aside-to-break-deadlock-on-new-government  

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Spain: Constitutional Court tries to block Catalonia secession

November 12, 2015
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Newsweek    

"Spain's Constitutional Court blocked Catalonia's attempted secession process on Wednesday by agreeing to hear a Spanish government appeal against it, deepening a stand-off over the potential breakaway. Catalonia's regional parliament passed a resolution this week setting out a plan to establish a republic within 18 months in the highly industrialized and populous northeastern region which accounts for about a fifth of Spain's economic output. ... As Catalan leaders elected in September have specifically vowed to ignore the rulings of the Constitutional Court, it is unclear what the next move in the confrontation could be." (11/11/15)

http://www.newsweek.com/spains-constitutional-court-blocks-catalonias-secession-bid-393321  

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Catalonia: Parliament approves plan for secession from Spain

November 10, 2015
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Sacramento Bee    

"The regional parliament of Catalonia approved a plan Monday to set up road map for independence from Spain by 2017, in defiance of the central government. The chamber, based in the northeastern city of Barcelona, passed the motion by 72 votes to 63. ... The motion passed by the parliament in its first post-election session, declared 'the start of a process toward the creation of an independent Catalan state in the form of a republic' and a 'process of democratic disconnection not subject to the decisions by the institutions of the Spanish state.'" (11/09/15)

http://www.sacbee.com/news/nation-world/world/article43720623.html  

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Catalonia: Parties start independence roadmap, Spain’s Rajoy vows to block it

October 27, 2015
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Today Online [Singapore]    

"Catalan separatists launched their so-called roadmap for independence on Tuesday, offering a declaration in the regional parliament to split Catalonia from Spain, which Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has vowed to block. The local assembly is expected to approve the declaration by Nov. 9. According to the secessionist plan, it will be followed by a constituent process that will lead to full independence within 18 months." (10/27/15)

http://www.todayonline.com/world/catalan-parties-start-independence-roadmap-rajoy-vows-block-it  

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The Catalonian secession and the EU

October 1, 2015
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Alberto Mingardi EconLog
by Alberto Mingardi  

"Of course, with the exception of Scotland, what most secessionist movements are opposed to is the drainage of resources from their pockets to the benefit of other areas within the same national boundaries. This rhetoric of 'exploitation' may be exaggerated but if there is some truth in it, it is easy to see that Catalonia (or Lombardy or Bavaria) seceding may entail a few headaches for profligate national governments. There would be room here for the EU to act as a mediator, to propose guidelines for ordered secession, to guarantee impeccable democratic procedures in the process." (10/01/15)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2015/10/the_catalonian.html  

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Spain: Court charges Catalan pol with disobedience

September 30, 2015
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Politico [EU]    

"The High Court of Catalonia on Tuesday summoned the regional president, Artur Mas, to appear on charges of disobedience for going ahead with last year's referendum on independence despite a Spanish Supreme Court ruling that it was unconstitutional. The summons, which was confirmed by a spokeswoman for the Spanish justice ministry, came two days after regional elections in Catalonia in which Mas and his pro-independence coalition Junts pel si came first, though they fell short of an absolute majority. ... Mas and two other defendants, the former vice president of the region, Joana Ortega, and the regional minister of education, Irene Rigau, are set to testify in mid-October. If found guilty of disobeying the court, they could face disqualification from holding public office." (09/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oa68djp  

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Catalonia’s winding road to secession

September 28, 2015
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The Atlantic
by Adam Chandler  

"Catalonia represents at least one-fifth of Spain's GDP and many of its residents feel as if they are disproportionately taxed by the government in Madrid. Catalan leaders have also called for more recognition of the region's distinct culture and language. (For more on that, read Irene Boada's piece about how efforts to ban the Catalan language under Spanish dictator Francisco Franco may have ensured its survival.) In the past, Rajoy has said that he will use the power of the courts to block any statehood initiative. Rajoy is aided by the fact that, despite the strong numbers in the pro-separatists bloc, the groups failed to win a majority of the vote -- finishing with just 48 percent." (09/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nvl35d9  

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Spain: Pro-secession parties in Catalonia win landmark vote

September 28, 2015
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ABC News ABC News    

"Pro-secession parties pushing for Spain's northeastern Catalonia region to break away and form a new Mediterranean nation won a landmark vote Sunday by capturing a regional parliamentary majority, setting up a possible showdown over independence with the central government in Madrid. With 99 percent of the vote counted, the 'Together for Yes' group of secessionists from across a broad political spectrum had 62 seats in the 135-member regional parliament." (09/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ndony7e  

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Catalunya sera lliure!

September 28, 2015
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Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"Secession is a dirty word in the Lincoln-worshipping ultra-nationalistic United States, where both left and right worship at the altar of the centralized state. To support secession in any way, shape, or form is to be labeled 'neo-Confederate' by our logic-challenged pundits, who eagerly swoop down on anyone who challenges Washington's supremacy. These geniuses forget that the American Revolution was an act of secession, in which the colonists separated themselves from a tyrannical monarchy that sought to tax and regulate them without their consent. In the rest of the world, however, localism is on the rise as people rebel against the edicts of distant bureaucrats and reassert their language, their traditions, and their sense of place. Throughout Europe, especially, these rebellions are gaining strength, from Scotland to Wallonia to eastern Ukraine -- and now to Catalonia, which is voting in what has become a referendum on the national question." (09/28/15)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2015/09/27/catalunya-sera-lliure  

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Catalonia: Separatists try to stage Spain breakaway attempt

September 10, 2015
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Houston Chronicle Houston Chronicle    

"For a fourth consecutive year, hundreds of thousands of pro-independence Catalans are gearing up to rally Friday to break away from Spain, kicking off a fresh secession bid in a push to carve out a new European nation. After the central government rejected efforts by separatists to hold an independence referendum, Catalan politicians are now heading toward a Sept. 27 regional parliamentary election with candidates staking out positions for or against an independent Catalonia. ... the election results will determine whether the region embarks on an 18-month 'path to independence' or puts its secession aspirations on hold. Madrid has vowed to block any formal secessionist process. Pro-independence parties need to win at least 68 seats in the 135-member regional parliament to push their effort forward, and polls show they're on track to win a slim majority." (09/10/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p88m2ks  

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