I am a moderate libertarian so the usual left vs right wing rhetoric doesn’t apply to me personally but I have always been a proponent of state’s rights in general. Progressives and liberals generally have historically had a dim view of state’s rights arguments. It has been conservatives that were the strongest proponents of keeping the U.S. a true federalist system controlled by a collection of states as the primary unit of government rather than central control out of Washington D.C.
However, it looks like the big winners under strong state’s rights in recent years has been Progressive and liberal causes. Gay marriage is one example. I don’t think it would have been possible to have a nationwide referendum that led to anything productive on that cause but individual states started falling like a house of cards in a remarkably short time. Marijuana use is still illegal everywhere in the U.S. according the to federal government but not according to all the states that gave the feds the finger for medical marijuana use and especially not in Colorado and Washington where they said, screw the feds, it is legal for everyone here now. It isn’t quite Fort Sumter but the idea is the same and the people of those states have spoken. Vermont is going ahead with a single-payer insurance plan just like Progressives have always wanted. Those are just some prominent examples out of hundreds of less well-known state level initiatives.
The point is that the states still have enough power to enact experiments within their own borders or even tell the feds to screw if they feel strongly enough about an issue. That is state’s rights and I think it is a very good thing overall. You couldn’t have any of this in a country as big and diverse as this if you left everything to be controlled by Washington.
Has your opinion on state’s rights issues been changed due to recent developments? Is anyone still opposed to the core argument?