The Socialist-Fascist Union, better known as the EU, is finally breaking down, and, in financially-weakened Spain, it has ultimately led to the Catalans’ getting sick and tired of paying in more than they get back from the Fascist State, as well as wanting to democratically control their traditional cultural region.
The brutal and violent response of the Fascist State Police towards these non-violent Gandhian democrats, who only wanted to vote, shows that the scat-house stink of Franco’s Fascism still hovers over Gaudi’s amazing church towers in Barcelona.
Libertarianism generally holds that one weapon in the armory of Liberty is devolution, or the breaking down of huge bureaucratic States into smaller, independent States, which makes it much harder for power to become absolute, and thus corrupt absolutely, as Jefferson, Thom Paine, and Lord Acton taught us it would if left unchecked.
Rothbard points out that this process of devolution of power, if carried through to its logical extreme, would result in the Individual being the only political entity, and this is a valid argument for anarcho-capitalism, a state in which there was no State government, but there was still law, courts, and jails. Most people never reason down to this level, but usually identify themselves in some way with the land mass they inhabit (“their” country), their religion, their specific ethnic group, or some other badge of identification. Others don’t agree with Rothbard, but do agree that a minimal government, that never violates individual property rights (i.e. the U.S. Constitution’s Bill of Rights) is the best form of government.
What these people clamoring for relative independence, like the Catalonians and the Kurds, seem to forget is that,when they finally achieve a State of their own, they are up against the very same problems they had when they were part of a huge federal entity that trampled on their rights, only on a smaller scale. These inevitable problems arise from the very nature of governments and bureaucracies, in which the worst invariably rise to the top. Those “States Rights” advocates in America are in exactly the same position. The governmental bureaucracies of States like California and New York now far exceed the Federal bureaucracies of eighty years ago, so anyone clamoring for “Independence for California” isn’t going to have many fewer problems than if they’d stayed in the Federal Union. And imagine having to convert your “California Dollars” into “Nevada Silveradoes” and then into “Utah Brighams” and “Nebraska Cornpones” as you crossed the continent and had to exchange your currency for a new currency every time you crossed a State border, probably at a 3-5% charge from the bank doing the exchange. And imagine each state having to fund its own army that was confined to its state borders. There are pragmatic advantages to federalism, as well as terrible pitfalls.
Moreover, we can see the disadvantages of “States Rights” when we look at a matter like segregation and the persecution of Blacks in the old South — when a local community, county, or state blatantly violates the principles of the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights, it becomes necessary for a federal power, greater than the States, to end that violation of Rights, as Kennedy did when he busted the Segregationists by Federalizing the National Guardsmen who had been, up to that point, enforcing the assaults on the Bill of Rights by their segregationist governor.
On the other side of the street, we can see the Fascist tyranny imposed on the American People by the Democrats who have been throwing people in cages for 80 years continuously for owning some cannabis, while they bray about how much they respect people’s rights and how they really care about people. How many millions suffered and died in agony and rotted in prison for decades, because of the rotten Miscreants infesting the Democratic Party and the Democratic politicians who were elected to high office?
Professor Rothbard discusses this problem of devolution when he quotes John C. Calhoun, the Southern segregationist, who made a plea for States Rights and against the tyranny of the Federal Supreme Court, but who failed to realize that he would have exactly the same problems with his own State Government and State Supreme Court.
So one wishes the Catalan Rebels all the best in their fight against the Socialist police thugs of Rajoy’s rule, but I think they are rather naive in thinking that after Catalonian independence they will not face the exact same problems they faced in the largely Corporate-Socialist Scathouse of Spain, a nation that practices the Abomination of bullfighting. The same problems, that is, unless they adopt a radical free-market capitalism and libertarianism, that places individual liberty as the highest social value, and vigorously punishes any depredations on individual property rights by government.
-Paul Grad, Vegan Libertarian