Historian Brion McClanahan joins me to discuss an article on secession, particularly on the nineteenth-century southern secession, that makes the rounds every once in a while in fashionable libertarian circles. Libertarians can’t support secession across the board, the author says, because some seceding states intend great evil once seceded. He further says there’s no right of secession of an American state anyway. Are these statements sound? That’s what we discuss today.
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“Why “Libertarian” Defenses of the Confederacy and “States’ Rights” are Incoherent,” by Jonathan Blanks
Selected Books by the Guest
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Ep. 942 Alexander Hamilton, Worse Than You Thought: Hidden History with Brion McClanahan
Ep. 915 Southern Monuments Removed, Others Under Attack (Larry Beane & Brion McClanahan)
Ep. 786 Why the Electoral College Is Great, and No One Should Even Think About Abolishing It (Brion McClanahan & Kevin Gutzman)
Ep. 678 Trump and History: Were 1896 or 1848 Like 2016?
Ep. 591 Presidents Who Screwed Up America
Ep. 583 Would Constitutional Amendments Do Any Good?
Ep. 187 Forgotten Conservatives and Libertarians
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