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Secession, State, and Liberty Paperback – February 25, 2002

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers (February 25, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765809435
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765809438
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,803,624 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

David Gordon received his Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of Critics of Marxism. His articles have appeared in Analysis, British Journal of Political Science, Canadian Journal of Philosophy, Ethics, Journal of Value Inquiry, Mind, Political Studies, Politics, Social Philosophy & Policy, and other journals.

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It is this crucial fact that much of this book is based upon.
eunomius
The Right of succession is a crucial element of protecting liberty and this book Provides the best possible understanding of it available.
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Great overview, snippets on each author's work and its relevance.
Robert David STEELE Vivas

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Andrew S. Rogers VINE VOICE on August 19, 2002
Format: Paperback
As editor David Gordon notes in his introduction, secession may be the most under-theorized concept in political science. Although the few Americans who bother to defend the idea are usually smeared as "neo-Confederates" or worse (is there anything worse?), a simple look at the last decade's headlines shows that secession is not only an idea, but an event, all over the world. From Quebec to Yugoslavia, the Baltic States to Chechnya, Scotland to Los Angeles, people are willing to defy the holy memory of St. Abraham Lincoln and "dissolve the Political Bands which have connected them with another." Gordon and his contributors have rediscovered, dusted off, and re-articulated for a new century one of the most basic political rights of all, the right of self-determination.
A large portion of this collection of essays, as you might expect, examines the pre-eminent example of secession in American history, the Confederacy. The three essays dealing with this period -- Joseph Stromberg's "Republicanism, Federalism, and Secession in the South, 1790-1865;" Thomas DiLorenzo's "Yankee Confederates: New England Secession Movements Prior to the War Between the States;" and James Ostrowski's "Was the Union Army's Invasion of the Confederate States a Lawful Act? An Analysis of President Lincoln's Legal Arguments Against Secession" -- form the core of the book. However, this title is more than just an apologetic for the South. Philosophical, legal, and political analyses by other contributors provide a solid framework for secession as a political theory in our era as well.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Robert David STEELE Vivas HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 12, 2009
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I read in threes and fours on any given topic, and in some ways I regret getting to this book last, but on the other hand, having read the other books below first, it makes me appreciate, and be willing to certify, that this one book is the one to buy if you only want to read one book on the topic.

See my reviews of the following for additional background:
Is Secession Treason?
One Nation, Indivisible? A Study of Secession and the Constitution
Constitutional History of Secession
The Vermont Manifesto
Secession: How Vermont and All the Other States Can Save Themselves from the Empire
Blood Money, The Civil War and the Federal Reserve
The Nine Nations of North America
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By cpcjr@aol.com on July 30, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book is the best discussion on the subject of Secession I have ever seen. This topic is so important and yet so ignored. No one can understand the "Civil War" with out understanding this important topic. The Right of succession is a crucial element of protecting liberty and this book Provides the best possible understanding of it available.
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12 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jason P. Sorens on January 9, 2003
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This book deals with the issue of secession from a mostly normative, America-centric position. The authors adequately defend the necessity of secession & decentralization for the advance of liberty, but the analysis does not go much beyond that. There is altogether too much material on the War between the States, an event that happened 150 years ago and has little relevance for the philosophical, political, economic, and even legal issues facing secessionists today. There is very little empirical content, very little attempt to explain why secessionist movements arise and how they can succeed.
I am very glad this book was made: it serves a certain purpose. However, we need sophisticated social scientists studying secessionism from a sympathetic perspective. See my other reviews of books on secessionism that deal with the issue from an empirical, comparative perspective.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By eunomius on March 3, 1999
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This is an absolutely masterful book that deserves a great deal more attention than I fear it will ever receive. It deals with one of the most overlooked issues in political theory, secession. Although most people think that the American Civil War settled the issue for all time, the authors of this book beg to differ. From a variety of different vantage points and ideologies, secession is given the support that it so deserves. Secession is rooted in individual liberty and any opposition ultimately requires an outright act of force. It is this crucial fact that much of this book is based upon. Issues of secession, past, present, and future are all dealt with accordingly. This book should be on the bookshelf of every individual with a serious interest in libertarian political philosophy.
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