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Natural, Contractual, And Constitutional Right Of Secession

 
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Murray Rothbard's "America's Two Just Wars: 1775 and 1861," in John Denson, ed., The Costs of War (Mises Institute/Transaction Publishers, 1997), p. 126:

"The hotly contested decision to scrap the Articles of Confederation and to craft a new Constitution demonstrates conclusively that the central government was not supposed to be perpetual, not to be the sort of permanent one-way trap that Grotius had claimed turned popular sovereignty over to the king forevermore. In fact, it would be very peculiar to hold that the American revolutionaries had repudiated the idea that a pledge of allegiance to the king was contractual and revocable, and break their vows to the king, only to turn around a few short years later to enter a compact that turned out to be an irrevocable one-way ticket for a permanent central government power. Revocable and contractual to a king, but irrevocable to some piece of paper!"

"And . . . does anyone seriously believe for one minute that any of the 13 states would have ratified the Constitution had they believed that it was a perpetual one-way Venus fly trap -- a one-way ticket to sovereign suicide? The Constitution was barely ratified as it is!"

"Sheer logic insists that: if a state could enter a confederation it could later withdraw from it; the same must be true for a state adopting the Constitution. And yet, of course, that monstrous logic is precisely the doctrine proclaimed by the North, by the Union, during the War between the States. In 1861, the Southern states . . . decided to exercise their natural, contractual, and constitutional right to withdraw, or 'secede' from that Union . . . . If the American Revolutionary War was just, then it follows as the night the day that the . . . War for Southern Independence, was just, and for the same reason . . ."
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