Dave Smith and Reason’s Zach Weissmueller discuss the libertarian case for and against breaking up the United States.
Full text and links: https://reason.com/video/2022/07/25/should-libertarians-root-for-a-national-divorce/
Is it time for blue states and red states to stop fighting over their differences and just get a divorce?
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R–Ga.), along with many on the political right, says it’s time to seriously consider breaking the country apart.
The Libertarian Party (L.P.) has also been promoting this idea on Twitter since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.
"Pro-lifers, why share a country with those who support the dismemberment of babies in the womb?," the L.P. tweeted in June. "Pro-choicers, why share a country with those who would take a woman’s right to abort away? #NationalDivorce."
The politics of abortion are thorny and contentious even among libertarians, but what about when it comes to the more straightforward libertarian positions on free speech, guns, and private property? Is trampling on individual rights more legitimate when a state or city government does it?
Why would it be acceptable at the local but not the federal level to relinquish our liberties to the tyranny of the majority?
Also, the kind of national divorce between red and blue …
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