Friday, July 11, 2014

Is Secession Legitimate?

Wielding Power has published its sixth issue: Is Secession Legitimate?

Congratulations to the winner and finalists!
Winner: Raymond Cressler
Finalist: Christopher Mariscal
Finalist: Robert Bognar

Please use the comments to continue the conversation. What do you think the answer is? What are your thoughts on the essays in the issue? Don't be shy!

As long as there aren't too many comments, I will try to respond to them. The winner and finalists may also stop by from time to time this month.

[A few points of order.

First, please be respectful. Imagine this is a conversation after dinner among friends. We're all trying to get to truth together. We want your true, honest thoughts, but ugliness can sometimes emerge when people hide behind computer screens. That has no place here. This is not the place for ad hominem attacks or nasty takedowns. These are controversial, and sometimes emotionally charged, questions, so we're not all going to agree. But respectful disagreement can be profoundly illuminating.

Second, feel free to use a pseudonym if you'd prefer. If you do, please pick a name that's distinguishable (like 'squirrel'). If we have several people called 'anonymous', it's harder to follow the conversation.]


  1. Raymond,

    Could you describe more how your two notions of legitimacy fit together? You have a notion of legitimacy in the 'ideal world' and a notion in the 'real world'. What would you think of a secession that was legitimate in one but not the other? Should we support it?

  2. Christopher,

    Why do you think freedom is the most important value for society? Many people would disagree.

  3. Robert,

    You argue that for certain practical reasons, we should agree that secession is legitimate. But wouldn't the practical problems you highlighted prevent that agreement from ever happening?