[When Nationalism Fuels Decentralization and Secession: Lessons from the Cold War] By Ryan McMaken(https://mises.org/wire/when-nationalism-fuels-decentralization-and-secession-lessons-cold-war)
If we say secession in the name of national liberation is bad, we end up supporting the Soviet Union, and every empire or two-bit dictator who manages to hammer together a variety of disparate groups under a single national banner.
I'm fascinated by secession movements, as well as related separation and partition movements. I see such enormous potential gains from making it easier for places to change the administrative unit they belong to.
On one extreme we're talking about a nation fracturing into several smaller nations. I think this would benefit the US tremendously and has been made much more palatable with the "National Divorce" rebrand. The US is clearly a dysfunctional union of societies that want nothing to do with each other.
On the other extreme, there are no realignments at all, but the threat of exit forces policies to be better tailored to those who would leave. For example, Catalonia being granted more autonomy, but remaining part of Spain.
What do other Stackers think about this topic? I'm particularly interested in non-US perspectives, since I'm less familiar with those.