I was skeptical of the federal authority in my long-haired youth, but grew to appreciate it as I matured and began learning how the world works. Now that my hair is gray, I am again skeptical of the federal authority. I am convinced that it has become irredeemably corrupt in almost every way.
So, I am not as averse to secession as I once was.
I blame two main forces for the corruption: complexity and cronyism. It is almost a law of nature that when systems grow sufficiently complex they become both fragile and ungovernable. It may also be almost a law of nature that any stable social system is eventually destroyed by cronyism (or faction as the Founders put it), if it isn’t destroyed by some other more dramatic occurrence. The antidote for both ills is decentralization.
Walter Williams apparently held that the Constitution implies a right of secession. In 2015 he wrote, “The 1783 Treaty of Paris ended the war between the colonies and Great Britain. Its first article declared the 13 colonies ‘to be free, sovereign and independent states.’ These 13 sovereign nations came together in 1787 as principals and created the federal government as their agent. Principals have always held the right to fire agents. In other words, states held a right to withdraw from the pact—secede.”
I agree with this view, and I think we have reached a time when the corruption of the federal authority and that of not a few of the individual states makes the issue of secession real again.