Robert Eschauzier for LewRockwell.com
At the core
of Mises’, Hayek’s, Rothbard’s and, more recently, Hoppe’s work
lies the recognition that governanceof markets and societies
is a spontaneous and civilizing force far too complex to be "managed"
by any form of monopolistic government. For this reason I will attempt
to address the pitfall and opportunity which secession from the
Federal leviathan might present from the Austrian perspective, especially
as so brilliantly outlined by Hans-Hermann Hoppe is his most recent
The God That Failed. Since there has been a flurry of essays
about Texas secession recently, I will use that State as an example
even though the principles discussed apply to all attempts at secession.
There is only
one problem with formal secession by one of the States, but it is
a big one. If it is organized by a group of individuals under the
color of "The State of Texas" and presented as a formal
declaration by them as coming from "Texas," then no substantive
change will have been achieved. Separating Texas from the USA does
little more than ease the burden of (Federal) taxation and regulation,
while leaving the principle of institutional monopoly government
and its modern version of "Democracy" completely unchallenged.
It is only the scale of government which is being addressed, not
its criminal and cancerous nature. Smaller than the Federal monster,
the newly seceded State’s government will nevertheless continue
to metastasize as its parasitic nature demands.