Why Governments Hate Decentralization and “Local Control”

It’s amazing how many so-called “anarchists” are actually viscerally opposed to decentralization, usually on the grounds that someone, somewhere, somehow might be racist or not have an abortion clinic on the next corner, as if that’s all that matters. Although some of the Misesoids expressed a typical bourgie reaction against CHAZ/CHOP, on the grounds that the communards were not sufficiently bourgeois in their orientation and practice. Yes, with pan-secession, there will be people who do all sorts of “reactionary” things (like not worshipping at the altar of “social justice”) and all sorts of un-bourgeois things (like “looting” and “crime”).

By Ryan McMaken, Mises Institute

In recent decades, many have claimed that advances in communications and transportation would eliminate the different political, economic, and cultural characteristics peculiar to residents of different regions within the United States. It is true the cultural difference between a rural mechanic and an urban barista is smaller today than was the case in 1900. Yet recent national elections suggest that geography is still an important factor in understanding the many differences the prevail across different regions within the US. Urban centers, suburban neighborhoods, and rural towns still are characterized by certain cultural, religious, and economic interests that are hardly uniform across the landscape.

In a country as large as the United States, of course, this has long been a reality of American life. But even in far smaller countries, such as the larger states of Europe, the problem of creating a national regime designed to rule over a large diverse population has long preoccupied political theorists. At the same time, the problem of limiting this state power has especially been of interest to proponents of “classical” liberalism—including its modern variant, “libertarianism”—who are concerned with protecting human rights and property rights from the grasping power of political regimes.


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