College Conference Switching as Secession? A Case Study in “Nations by Consent”
In “Nations by Consent,” Murray Rothbard explains that because libertarians tend to view the world through either the lens of the state or of the individual, they miss out on one of the most important aspects of the real world: the nation. Due to the common use of the terms nation and state interchangeably, we often forget what a nation really is. Rothbard reminds us, however, that
everyone is necessarily born into a family, a language, and a culture. Every person is born into one or several overlapping communities, usually including an ethnic group, with specific values, cultures, religious beliefs, and traditions. He is generally born into a “country.” He is always born into a specific historical context of time and place, meaning neighborhood and land area.
These details are what make up your nation. But because, as Rothbard goes on to explain, “the ‘nation’ cannot be precisely defined,” as it is made up of the complex “interplay of objectively existing reality and subjective perceptions,” it is much more in flux than our “national” borders present themselves as being. As a result, Rothbard not only calls for borders that better reflect nations but thinks that
every group, every nationality, should be allowed to secede from any nation-state and to join any other nation-state that agrees to have it. That simple reform would go a long way toward establishing nations by consent.
This brings us to the example of “nations by consent” that we are seeing in real time. I do not believe that there is any better way to map the nations that exist in the United States than looking to the five conferenc
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