Decentralization: An Essentially Libertarian VisionBy Bionic MosquitoNovember 30, 2017
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I almost skipped this edition when I saw the title, “Mailer for Mayor.” I am not terribly interested in reading about a failed mayoral candidacy from almost 50 years ago. I changed my mind within the first three lines (I should have known better than to shortchange Rothbard).
The candidate is Norman Mailer, announcing his candidacy in the Democratic primary. Rothbard described this as “the most refreshing libertarian political campaign in decades.” What about Mailer’s campaign brought on this glowing comment from Rothbard?
The Mailer platform stems from one brilliantly penetrating overriding plank: the absolute decentralization of the swollen New York City bureaucracy into dozens of constituent neighborhood villages.
Rothbard is not waiting for the big bang – seven billion people simultaneously seeing the light:
Each neighborhood will then be running its own affairs, on all matters, taxation, education, police, welfare, etc.
As opposed to the idea that there is something un-libertarian about people living next to each other and sharing some desires in common for the neighborhood. In any case, the smaller and more local the political unit, the more control each constituent has and the more that those in government will be known individually – in person, face-to-face.
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I too almost breezed over this summary. It has the essence of a great strategy. Should have expected this gem from Rothfarb.
If us little L libertarians can just agitate for smaller and smaller political units (i.e., break up big Gooferment into lots of little ones), then maybe we can eliminate the politicians and bureaucrats from our daily lives.
Now it may cost a little more in efficiency (i.e., more bureaucrats initially), but it’ll be more than made up in effectiveness (i.e., fewer politicians and bureaucrats deciding stuff they shouldn’t be involved in) in the long run.
We should keep Gooferment small, barefoot, and penniless.
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