States’ Rights

States’ Rights is not actually an assertion of individual states’ claim of autonomy vis a vis the federal corporation. Rather, it is an assertion of governmental agency authority over the people whose consent imposes ongoing subordination of their agents. Government by the people is the principle various factions seek to reject.

So, yes, the Civil War was not about freeing slaves. Adding a few more males to the electorate was lagniappe. Both women and children continued to be treated as property. Indeed, to this day, females are not formally emancipated. Their equal treatment depends on good will which, in some sectors is hard to find.

So, what has white males riled up? Their perception that compliance, on the part of women and children, has given way to consent. They want their compliant women and children back. What is the difference between consent and compliance? Compliance can be extorted; consent has to be requested.