March 31, 2014
from BATR Website
"A nation, therefore, has no right to say to a province:
You belong to me, I want to take you.
A province consists of its inhabitants.
If anybody has a right to be heard in this case
it is these inhabitants.
Boundary disputes should be settled by plebiscite."
Ludwig von Mises
All the attention over the epoch vote by Crimean’s to leave the Ukraine makes for a timely review of other separatist factions that are seeking a similar resolution.
The List of active separatist movements in Europe is exhaustive.
The immediate impression is that a pervasive discontent, shared by legions of subjects, who want independence and self-determination, will be hard to derail. When European autocratic and aristocrats ruled, the only option was revolution.
Today the descendants of the old regimes still wheeled power under the guise of democratically elected authorities. However, separatist sentiment does not mean the same to every splinter group.
Examine Europe's Latest Secession Movement: Venice, for a telling indicator.
Voters were first asked the main question - "Do you want Veneto to become an independent and sovereign federal republic?" - followed by three sub-questions on membership in the European Union, NATO, and the Eurozone...
As the referendum's organizers announced the results: 2,102,969 votes in favor of independence - a whopping 89 percent of all ballots cast - to 257,266 votes against.
Venetians also said yes to joining NATO, the EU, and the Eurozone."
Note the significance of wanting to be part of NATO and the EU.
Next, look at the more widely reported effort, in the land of "Braveheart" William Wallace.
Scottish secession remains unlikely, but momentum is with the schismatic provides a more stately viewpoint from the Commonwealth.
Scottish independence would not lead to a republic.
Queen Elizabeth II (I of Scotland) would remain head of state, a smart move by the ‘Yes’ campaign to de-radicalize independence and make the electorate feel more comfortable with a vote for change.
The debate has therefore become more focused on incrementalism, with plans for an independent Scotland retaining both membership of NATO and the European Union, a common currency with the rest of the UK, and open borders."
A video from the Carnegie Council gives a spin in Which Separatist Movements Will Succeed (above video), which plays down the urgent motivation for "FREEDOM" for an evolutionary approach.
An essay out of Wharton, Is Secession the Answer? The Case of Catalonia, Flanders and Scotland, points out the obvious, while illustrating the problematic.
The Spanish situation, by contrast, the establishment would have you believe the militant Basques ETA nationalists harbor violent resolve.
The YouTube Thousands March In Spain In Support Of ETA (above video), reports that the EU labels this movement as terrorists.
Therefore, it comes as no surprise that the Catalan Sovereignty Claim Blocked by Spain Constitutional Court, is but a spillover effort to discredit the Catalonia’s claim.
Such illustrations, all exhibit unique local concerns and grievances, while sharing a basic distrust of national authority.
What stands out is an anserine eagerness to remain part of the EU and NATO.
This factor may be a distinctively European trait, which seems to be lacking in the proper understanding that the surrender of national authority to a body of,
...is the fundamental cause of popular dissatisfaction.
Pat Buchanan in the article, Is Red State America Seceding?, provides numerous other European examples of discontent, then goes on to cite secession initiatives in the United States.
It is striking that our countries unique experience has a shape difference from the blue-blooded patricians’ clashes that mark the history of Europe.
Because of this difference, the indigenous cultures on the continent have never developed the same passion of individual liberty, which is inborn in the American revolutionary spirit.
Blowing out the candles of federal absolutism is the imperative of our age.
Secession is not a dirty word, but is an indispensable solution. Dissolving the union of the suppressed, under the auspices of the subverted elite, is the path to social freedom and human liberty."
Libertarian and author L. Neil Smith argues,
Compare most of the secession movements in the 21th century as half measure efforts that are not willing to take on the yoke of the globalist central banking financial system.
The lessons presented in the Radical Reactionary article, Representation, Secession and Taxation, should be applied and adopted by the European secession movements.
Discontent is not enough to overthrow the tyrants, who have definitively proven, that a European Union based upon top down authoritarianism is a lawful substitute for locally ruled government based upon common ethics and cultural heritage.
The dramatic rise in opposition to the ruling elites is most encouraging in the eternal struggle against despotism. However, the European socialist welfare model has produced generations of soft stock and irresponsible subjects.
Surrendering national sovereignty was the monumental failure of the post war era. Open borders to a confederation of dissimilar ethnic groups, attracts the disparate and incongruent, which builds even more pressure for secession.
As it stands today, the prospects for successful secession movements to attain their independence and autonomy are slim because each are fragmented.
The correct and necessary element for separation, must be based upon, the dissolution of the European Union and the elimination of the central banking system, under the control of the international banksters.
Countries need to exercise their proper authority to coin their own currencies and maintain low taxation levels that fund minimum governmental functions.
While such a goal and objective is justified, the globalist controllers will not allow a serene exit from the monolith that they created.
Marginal regional self-rule may eventually be reluctantly recognized, only if the basic leviathan structure remain intact and accepted by disgruntle camps. Notwithstanding, that approach can and will never bring about a restoration of national self-determination.
It is time for secession movements to unit and coalesce around a few fundamental principles, which they all share. The regional concerns are issues for local administration. Taking on the monster of globalist governance is a universal task.
Consequently, the undertaking domestically is to build ground swell defiance that moves past a modest grassroots opposition to incorporate the bulk of the rapidly declining middle class.
This genuine moral majority must be willing to marginalize the federal government and restore the rightful authority of individual state jurisdiction.
If timid and docile Europeans are engaging in secession movements in such significant numbers, what is the excuse for industrious and energetic Americans from doing the same?
This was the country for the home of the brave.
Now is the time to restore that outlook with direct action.