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America’s New Secession Movements Aren’t a Crime
In New Hampshire and California, separatist movements are getting fierce blowback. But charging proponents with insurrection isn’t the answer.

(Bloomberg) Secession, of all things, is back in the news. Residents of San Bernardino County, the largest in California, are debating whether to try to break off and form a state of their own. And there’s more: Last month, a New Hampshire electoral commission refused to bar from the ballot legislators who want their state to leave the US entirely. A citizens’ group had charged the legislators, absurdly, with insurrection.
Secession movements are nothing new, and punishing their advocates is a dreadful idea. Their causes are complex and, almost always, point to problems that should be taken seriously.
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