I thought it best to honor the principles of liberty on Independence Day by reviewing a long defense of the idea that governments' claims to political authority are indefensible. I'm finishing a review if Michael Huemer's The Problem of Political Authority. I'm especially interested in his discussion of the social contract: he argues that theories of social contracts that justify government coercion fail.
For a few years, the bloggers at Let a Thousand Nations Bloom would call the week of Independence Day "Secession Week." In this light, here are a few questions: