Vox is posting about some secession movements in the USA. As usual some of his commenters miss critical points and dwell on irrelevancies. There are just a few things I can add to the discussion. But the bottom line is that modern secession movements are hopeless, futile, pointless, and self-defeating.
1. When the minority of the population discovers that pure democratic principles will never work to their favor, there is a natural desire to escape a permanently corrupt and antagonistic system. Individually, people escape by moving to places where things are more to their liking. States and counties don’t have that option. That is because states and counties are not the primary political operating agents, individual people are.
2. The additional problem is that populations are indeed mobile. As Virginia has been learning much to the heartbreak of our native population. The bad consequences of liberal laws have caused lots of people to secede from their home states and move here, including people seceding from Mexico, Guatemala, and El Salvador. They bring with them their liberal bents, making our state and counties more liberal. There is no solution for this that does not include fences and barriers.
3. As soon as the non-liberal counties in Colorado secede from Colorado Springs, or Western Maryland secedes from Baltimore/Annapolis, they become instantly prosperous by contrast and they then draw individuals who want to benefit personally from that prosperity. They then sew the seeds of their own destruction.
4. In addition to population mobility, there is the another turd in the democratic punchbowl. Secession depends on a majority vote in the legislature to accomplish. The majority, the ones the minority wishes to escape, will never permit the slaves to leave the plantation. The same economic advantages that the minority will wish to keep for themselves are the same advantages that the majority will not wish to lose. So, the majority will never vote to release the minority areas.
5. In history, Secession happens either using force (Yugoslavia), or when civil polity is so disrupted that counter force isn’t practical (dissolution of USSR).
6. The USA has so many civil and political subdivisions that sorting them and forcefully relocating the undesirable elements would be a bloody process on a scale that the participants would soon tire of it and surrender to allowing things to stay the way they were.