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Annotated Secessionist Papers
  • Barry L Clark
  • Dr. Donald W. Livingston
  • Dr. Thomas J. DiLorenzo
  • Gene H. Kizer, Jr.
  • Dr. Forrest McDonald, University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa
  • Kirkpatrick Sale
  • Kevin L. Clauson
  • Dr. Thomas E. Woods, Jr.
  • Dr. Walter E. Block
  • Michael Peirce
  • Brian McCandliss
Why is it important to talk about secession? Few people that believe secession is a legitimate political theory, right and recourse also believe that in a practical sense it is achievable, reasonable or even preferable. Devolution is a complicated matter and requires a more or less united political will among a people within a region or area – within the confines of modern America it seems unlikely any such will of a sufficient majority will soon emerge, anywhere. The question thus remains, why even discuss the subject? 

It is important to honestly discuss the matter because it goes to the very heart of how the Union of States was formed, what the Constitution was to mean and what relation the central government was to have to the people. Many of our contemporary political problems stem directly from a failure to understand foundational principles. Perhaps in engendering more honest discussions about foundational principles we might actually see contemporary problems more correctly.

  • secession,
  • constitutional law,
  • devolution,
  • political theory
Publication Date
February 20, 2016
Barry Lee Clark
The Calhoun Review, The Calhoun Institute
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Clark, Barry Lee and McCandliss, Brian and Block, Walter and Woods, Thomas E. and Clauson, Kevin L. and Sale, Kirkpatrick and McDonald, Forrest and Kizer, Gene H. and DiLorenzo, Thomas J. and Livingston, Donald W, B. L. Clark, ed., The Annotated Secessionist Papers, The Calhoun Review, February 2016. Available at SSRN:
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