Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Balkinization Symposium on Boxing Pandora and American Secession


I can see the Twitter feed now: "Balkinization holds symposium on balkanization." Go ahead, joke all you want. Just as long as you finally learn to spell the name of this blog correctly.

In any case, this week and next at Balkinization we will feature a symposium on two new books on political secession: Timothy William Waters's Boxing Pandora: Rethinking Borders, States, and Secession in a Democratic World (Yale University Press, 2020) and F. H. Buckley's American Secession: The Looming Threat of a National Breakup (Encounter Books, 2020).

Frank and Tim will begin by reviewing each others books. Next follows a terrific group of commentators-- who have all decided to go their own ways-- including Mark Graber (Maryland), Sandy Levinson (Texas), Michael Lind (Texas), Cynthia Nicoletti (Virginia), Ilya Somin (George Mason), Robert Tsai (American University), and myself.  Sandy and Mark have agreed not to create a breakaway blog of their own.

At the conclusion, Tim and Frank will respond to the commentators (peacefully, and with a smooth transition to the new regime).

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