Virtually every aspect of human life becomes more decentralized every day. Technology makes the old hub-and-spoke model of organizations obsolete; highly diffuse and ever-changing networks are the order of the day. So why is governance going in the other direction, becoming more and more centralized? Why do we accept the loss of local control and self-determination, yielding to national and even supra-national bureaucracies?
Jeff Deist spoke last week at a meeting of America's Future Foundation on the why smaller government units are better, and how the Swiss principle of subsidiarity could help ease the nasty cultural and political divides facing America.