Public Forum Debate – 2018 January Topic Area: Europe
Resolved: Spain should grant Catalonia its independence.
I did catch a couple of debates on this topic last weekend; the words ‘treason’ and ‘sedition’ were not mentioned in either round. Perhaps they should be. Is treason acceptable, or was Lincoln right that we are one nation, indivisible?
We answered that question in this country over 150 years ago, at no small cost to the parties involved. With that in mind I offer the following article from the New York Times in 1863: The National Authority – A Test vote in Congress.
In Political Science, one of the key concepts is that the nation-state has the monopoly on official use of violence. If a state or region tries to break away, what right do they have to assume that monopoly? If they’re allowed to assume it, what does that say about the federal government’s monopoly on force, or authority in general? It’s a question this article explores.
Besides, when else will you get to cite an article from 1863?