Murray Rothbard and the Secession Solution

In flipping through Rothbard’s Man, Economy, and State on the plane last night, I came across a passage that I have read before but clearly forgot to include in my Mises Daily article, “ The Secession Solution.

For if someone contends that the majority in Country X should govern that country, then it could be argued with equal validity that the majority of a certain district within Country X should be allowed to govern itself and secede from the larger country, and this subdividing process can logically proceed down to the village block, the apartment house, and, finally, each individual, thus marking the end of all democratic government through reduction to individual self-government.

This clearly parallels the ideas that are introduced toward the end of my piece, so I just wanted to include it here and give credit where credit is due.

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