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The Confederacy Movement

Monday, 27 September 2004 12:00 AM

Just visit sites like lewrockwell.com, a very popular read, and you'll hear it from all too many Libertarians, including syndicated columnists like Walt Williams.

I can't say what their motives are, except to say that there are plenty of opportunists out there - especially on the left, but also on the right - who see an advantage in splitting the U.S. up. Others, perhaps, are only trying to gather an audience to them with a unique message. Others still, are sincere and good men who are on target on most issues, but out of their minds on this one.

Right from the start, the British and other Europeans wanted to split us up so that they could weaken us, control us, exploit us, and pick up the spoils upon our dissolution. Today, communists have a similar motive, to foster civil war and separatist movements across the globe, to play one state against another, to play the old game of minority rights for no other reason than to exploit the minority to overthrow the existing order. Do these minorities and political purists really believe they'll be empowered afterwards, that they themselves are not, perhaps, being unwittingly maneuvered about in someone else’s chess game?

I think it’s worth thinking about — by all of us.

And then there are those who see a personal advantage that has nothing to do with ideological or national interest, but everything to do with maintaining their little kingdom, or the assumption of a new one under a new system.

Wrote Hamilton in Federalist Number 1.

"Among the most formidable of the obstacles which the new Constitution will have to encounter may readily be distinguished the obvious interest of a certain class of men in every State to resist all changes which may hazard a diminution of the power, emolument, and consequence of the choices they hold under the State establishments; and the perverted ambition of another class of men, who will either hope to aggrandize themselves by the confusions of their country, or will flatter themselves with fairer prospects of elevation from the subdivision of the empire into several partial confederacies than from its union under one government."

This is the way of men. This is why, that regardless of what political systems we set up, morality matters — the sort of morality that invites men to check their selfish ambitions, and hopefully succeeds in most cases, or in enough cases, to keep us free.

That's the problem with the Libertarian argument, especially among those with a secularist, objectivist, anarchist bent. Eliminate all moral restraints and then, no law, no free enterprise system, no anything will stop power from accumulating in the hands of the few at the expense of the many.

While forms matter, character matters more.

Contact Steve at farrell@newsmax.com

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