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Politics/World

Europe’s Secession Problems Aren’t Going Away

Earlier this week, The New York Times noted that movements for greater local autonomy appear to be spreading throughout Europe. In some ways, the conflict in Catalonia is just the tip of the iceberg. The Times reports: Coming on the heels of the Catalan vote, the Lombardy and Veneto referendums are yet another signal of the homegrown conflicts that persist in many of the European Union’s member states. Separatist movements are also simmering in Britain — where voters in Scotland rejected independence in a 2014 referendum but continue to debate the issue — as well as France, Germany, Belgium and Romania. Like Catalonia — and unlike Scotland… Keep Reading

News/World

Chaos In Catalonia: Spanish Officials Scramble To Stop Secession Referendum

Although American school books like to teach that secession is a racist notion exclusive to ignorant rednecks of the southern-most United States, nothing could be further from the truth. Secession is a legitimate concept with appeal to those on all sides of the political spectrum. This is evident in Catalonia, where leftists are working to secede from the Spanish government that has dogged them for so long. Spain’s central government and regional Catalan authorities are fighting over a referendum vote scheduled to take place on Sun, Oct. 1. The Spanish authorities claim that the vote is illegal while Catalans claim… Keep Reading

Economics/History/Politics

Southern Secession Was One Thing — And The War To Prevent It Was Another

There’s an old saying that “he who distinguishes well teaches well.” In other words, if one’s going to talk about an important subject, one should be able to define his terms and tell the difference between two things that are not the same. This wisdom, unfortunately, is rarely embraced by modern pundits arguing about the causes of the American Civil War. A typical example can be found in this article at the Huffington Post in which the author opines: “This discussion [over the causes of the war] has led some people to question if the Confederacy, and therefore the Civil… Keep Reading

History/Politics

The Puerto Rican Compromise

On Jun. 11, Puerto Ricans voted for the second time to become a state of the union. Could this Caribbean island actually become the 51st state of America? Other authors have written at length about the political struggles within Puerto Rico as well as the island’s serious financial sickness. I will not repeat their capable analysis of those problems. Rather, I will consider the less talked about issue of the congressional balance of power. Puerto Rico has long been a progressive region featuring a population of twice as many Democrats as Republicans. Accordingly, it is reasonable to expect the 3.5… Keep Reading

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