The Case of Colonialism: Secession for Thee, But Not for Me

Source: Libertarian Institute
by Ryan McMaken

“From the late 1940s through the 1970s, across Africa and Asia — and even in Europe, as in the case of Malta — dozens of colonial territories declared independence through referenda and other strategies. Throughout these processes of decolonization, much of the international community — including the United States — was supportive. Following the Second World War, the United States explicitly supported decolonization efforts, and was often quick to recognize the new countries’ sovereignty and establish diplomatic relations. The U.S. frequently supported these acts of secession because, it was said, it was morally imperative so as to respect the rights of ‘self-determination’ denied to the world’s colonized territories. Yet, when secession is suggested in other contexts, today’s regimes are far less enthusiastic and generally condemn the very idea of secession.” (06/11/21)