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Secession, State, and Liberty Hardcover – June 30, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-1560003625 ISBN-10: 1560003626
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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers (June 30, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560003626
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560003625
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,576,864 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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34 of 36 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 FAME 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
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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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It's a shame so many people in America are completely ignorant of the intentions of the founders Jefferson and Madison in protecting states rights. The strength of America to them lies in drastically limiting centralized control, and allowing states to determine the majority of their laws. We have gone 180 degrees the other direction, and now are faced with a monster in Washington, DC which threatens to completely bankrupt our nation and destroy our inalienable liberties. Wake up America...before it's too late! The idea of states seceding (i.e.: leaving) the union was completely acceptable up until Lincoln and his bloody civil war. before that, the central government didn't dare overstep its bounds, because states always considered it their option to secede, and do things their own way. In fact, Lincoln has the blood of 620,000 souls on his hands because he couldn't abide the southern states seceding from what he portrayed as an indivisible union. Problem is, this country was founded as a loose association of independent states, not as a monolithic "union" with centralized authority. We have gone a long, long way toward becoming a nation of serfs living under the tyranny of 420 overlords in Washington.

This book refreshes our collective memories regarding the way this country WAS INTENDED to be structured, and brings back secession as perhaps the only option to counteract the massive power grabs people like Lincoln, FDR and Obama have made in centralizing control over what should be mostly independent states.
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