A LOOK INTO THE SOCIOLOGY AND NATURE OF SECESSION

Wednesday, May 12, 2010
By Paul Martin

By Timothy N. Baldwin, JD.
May 12, 2010
NewsWithViews.com

Many have come to the conclusion that Secession by those States that desire to throw off the ties of tyranny is necessary–more so now than ever before in America’s history. I would place myself into this category. There are many in the United States who argue with this conclusion, either on the basis of practicality or right.

Many have come to the conclusion that Secession by those States that desire to throw off the ties of tyranny is necessary–more so now than ever before in America’s history. I would place myself into this category. There are many in the United States who argue with this conclusion, either on the basis of practicality or right.

As to the question of practicality, its analogy is like a husband and wife asking the question, “can we now afford to have children?” The answer most always is “no.” Having children is always a sacrifice and inconvenience. Of course no one prefers inconvenience, but such a price should be willingly paid where freedom is obtained. Thus, at some point, a State must act upon the freedom to be gained at the cost of the sacrifice to be initially made.

As to the basis of right, most do so based upon a scheme of creative constructions and implicit arguments of the U.S. Constitution or based upon the results of the Civil War.

While I can, to some degree, “stomach” those who argue that the U.S. Constitution prohibits secession, I am repulsed by those who argue that the results of the Civil War “settled the issue” of secession. I do not desire at this time to get into the fatal error of this position and implied philosophy, but I will state conclusively that if one really believes this, then he or she has to accept the logical conclusion that:

- this union is held together by force alone and not by the consent of the governed, thus making us all slaves to the union;
- the Confederate States of America were States controlled and occupied by an enemy conqueror, and still are today;
- the U.S. Constitution has nothing to do with the legitimacy or rightfulness of the union’s forceful existence; and
- “might makes right.”

I find those positions to be dangerous to liberty, freedom and rights and do not see how holders of such positions can adhere to any principles resulting in freedom as expressed by the Declaration of Independence.

However, for the student of truth and freedom, coming to the conclusion of Secession’s right and necessity obtains from the study of nature and the principles and laws derived therefrom, just as America’s founding fathers did in 1776 by their expression in the Declaration of Independence.

As I wrote about in my previous articles, Secession or Declaration of Independence, Parts 1-5, people have a certain immutable nature which leads them to form society for certain beneficial purposes. These people will lay down a certain part of their natural rights to receive the benefits of that society. As a result, that society inevitably forms government to protect their natural rights from others in society so that each may live in peace and for the purposes they entered the society.
The supreme law of the land is their peace, security and happiness, and any natural rights once laid down may be picked up again to secure these ends.

Moreover, such persons will never lay down their natural rights to the destruction of their benefits in that society, whether the destruction comes from society itself or from the government designed to protect their rights and freedoms. In truth, governments becoming destructive to these ends are illegitimate and without authority, as determined by the society affected by that government. Thus, the scientific formula of separation from society or government must be studied to understand when it is necessary to avoid destruction.

Natural Tendency Towards Concentration

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