Residents of hurricane-battered Florida are facing soaring insurance premiums. Some, in fact, can't afford any insurance at all. Smart people might interpret this as the market's way of saying, "Hey, dumbass. It isn't safe to live here. Better to look elsewhere." But not Florida lawmakers.
No, folks, you don't have a right to get hit by a hurricane in Florida. Just like you may have the federal right to choose an abortion ... but not within 50 miles of your apartment. Just like you may have the developing right to choose a wedding with your same-sex partner ... but not in the state of your choice. You can, of course, live in the state of your choice. And so can people you think are complete idiots or dangerous heathens. The beauty of federalism is the capacity it maintains for a healthy and natural free association among groups of unlike Americans. Call it regionalism, call it self-segregation -- federalism frees the law from coercive cosmopolitanism. Its relation to nationalism corresponds to the relation between secession and revolution: in the first case, if you don't like the gig, you leave; in the second, if you don't like it, you force everyone else to dance to your tune. Which one better captures justice?