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Ludwig von Mises: "We are still far from understanding the ultimate and most profound secret of life, the principle of the origin of organisms. Who knows whether we shall ever discover it?" - Socialism


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Ludwig von MisesA 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.Omnipotent Government p. 90Secession
Ludwig von Mises No people and no part of a people shall be held against its will in a political association that it does not want.Nation, State, and Economy p. 34Secession
Ludwig von MisesLiberalism knows no conquests, no annexations; just as it is indifferent towards the state itself, so the problem of the size of the state is unimportant to it. It forces no one against his will into the structure of the state. Whoever wants to emigrate is not held back. When a part of the people of the state wants to drop out of the union, liberalism does not hinder it from doing so. Colonies that want to become independent need only do so. The nation as an organic entity can be neither increased nor reduced by changes in states; the world as a whole can neither win nor lose from them.Nation, State, and Economy pp. 3940Secession
Ludwig von MisesThe size of a states territory therefore does not matter.Nation, State, and Economy p. 82Secession
Ludwig von MisesThe right of self-determination in regard to the question of membership in a state thus means: whenever the inhabitants of a particular territory, whether it be a single village, a whole district, or a series of adjacent districts, make it known, by a freely conducted plebiscite, that they no longer wish to remain united to the state to which they belong at the time, but wish either to form an independent state or to attach themselves to some other state, their wishes are to be respected and complied with. This is the only feasible and effective way of preventing revolutions and civil and international wars.Liberalism p. 109Secession
Ludwig von MisesIf it were in any way possible to grant this right of self-determination to every individual person, it would have to be done.Liberalism pp. 10910Secession
Ludwig von MisesThe situation of having to belong to a state to which one does not wish to belong is no less onerous if it is the result of an election than if one must endure it as the consequence of a military conquest.Liberalism p. 119Secession
Ludwig von MisesIt makes no difference where the frontiers of a country are drawn. Nobody has a special material interest in enlarging the territory of the state in which he lives; nobody suffers loss if a part of this area is separated from the state. It is also immaterial whether all parts of the states territory are in direct geographical connection, or whether they are separated by a piece of land belonging to another state. It is of no economic importance whether the country has a frontage on the ocean or not. In such a world the people of every village or district could decide by plebiscite to which state they wanted to belong.Omnipotent Government p. 92Secession