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Secession is the voluntary assertion of a people for separation from a higher government, historically resulting from a series of grievances. It is a central idea in the classical liberal understanding of political order, as elucidated by Ludwig von Mises in Nation, State, and Economy (1919):
No people and no part of a people shall be held against its will in a political association that it does not want.
- Secession Reconsidered (pdf) by Robert W. McGee, 1994
- The Constitutional Right of Secession in Political Theory and History (pdf) by Andrei Kreptul, 2003
- Economic Secession Won't Succeed by Gene Callahan and Paul Birch, April 2003
- Secession Is in Our Future by Clifford F. Thies, April 2009
- The Quotable Mises - on the subject of secession