Monday, August 07, 2006

Localitarianism and the future

I noticed that someone in New York visited my site after googling
'Localtarian'. I tried it myself, and it seems I am the only site
on the entire web which uses that word, which means I probably
did invent (or at least publish) the word first.

I will explain Localitarianism and its concept. If you adopt its
principles, or would like to comment, please do so, as until now
Localitarianism was just a concept in my head and may need
adjustments. Also, if you have questions or criticisms, comment.


Localitarianism is the belief that smaller units of government function
better than larger ones and that local and state governments should
have the most impact on your life, because you have more impact
on these levels of government than you have upon the federal
government.

There are four reasons I had previously stated:

A) They are smaller and more responsive to their populations.

B) They cannot force their moralities or ideologies on other states or
localities, and as a result less internal strife takes place in a country.

C) They are less cumbersome and bureaucratic than larger central governments.

D) People can move to whichever state or municipality that best suits them.

One reason I came up with this theory is because when I look at the
future of the country, I only see several rather dismal endings.
I will suggest some of these, and if you have suggestions comment.

Here are just a couple outcomes if the government continues
borrowing money and sinking further into debt, which is the most
likely course.

The government cancels our federal debt.

In the future Medicare, Social Security, and other programs run out
of money and the govt. borrows heavily to continue them. Nobody
is willing to raise taxes or heavily inflate money to pay off the debt,
so a politician(s) suggest canceling the debt. The public will like
the idea and all debts of the United States government is cancelled.

Some estimates put the debt in 2075 at about 249% of the GDP in the
future, 4 times our current level of debt/GDP. When and if debt is
cancelled some interesting things could occur.

44 % of the public debt is held by foreignors. If they suspect the US is
about to negate the public debt they will sell off all holdings in the
government. In any case the world economy would likely go down the
tubes, and some governments like China could threaten war.

Much of the remaining domestic holdings may be cancelled, except
social Security and other welfare programs that bring in votes.
Thus our domestic economy would also be damaged.

Remember, this could be as much as dozens of trillions of dollars
in the hands of politicians.

The Country continues to become more divisive

Currently the country is controlled by majority rule. Whichever faction
has more supporters gets to decide the rules for everyone else. Granted
it is more difficult with three branches of government, but over a long
term time frame the majority usually controls. In the future, and even
now, this can seldom be good, when one voting bloc sets federal
regulations upon another bloc.

Likely the future will be more devisive, as each faction will attempt
to control the federal government and the winner-takes-all power with
it. New factions are appearing alongside the old ones, Christians, Jews,
blacks, hispanics, Left, Right, etc. Unless the federal government
somehow reigns itself in or localitarianism takes hold the American
people will become more estranged from each other.

Several ultimate results can occur. Some involve either a majority or
minority backed dictatorship, or even a politburo style ruling party.
Others involve civil wars or economic collapse, and even combine with
the other possible futures.

Finally there is secession. Most or all the states decide to break up and
form unions, confederacies or nations; or perhaps only a few
states break away. Secession is not usually the best course unless both
sides stay friendly or at least nuetral and continue to freely trade with
one another. Sometimes secession is the only practical answer.
Unfortunately, the bigger and more aggressive side may invade the
newly formed nation(s) and:

A: the secessionists win, keeping their independence but possibly
having to deal with the mother country's hostility for a while (like the
Americans and British)

B: the mother country wins, forcing hardship or at the least loss of
freedom for the ocupied state(s) and becoming more centralized and
corrupt in the process (Like our war of Northern aggression).

Obviously peaceful secession is best of all these options and the states
would seperate in relative friendliness and with open and free trade.
Likely over time a new and more perfect union would be formed in
the vision and purity of the constitution.

Unfortunately such an event would not easily come to pass because:

The strength of the federal government and of its land forces.

Most people believe that the government is balanced because the three
branches counteract each other. But what counters the federal
government? Nothing does, especially if one day the three branches act
in unison, or if one branch (especially the executive or judicial) usurps
power from the others.

Those employed by the federal government, including the presidency,
Judicial branch, military, and myriad agencies and programs would
not want to lose their jobs and power.

Still, its not impossible to become a localitarian country and is worth
the effort. How, without secession? that's for a later post.

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Localitarianism is the key to a good future. Our goals include:

*No federal aid, programs, contract interference, etc.

*A return of state (and not federal) militias consisting of the people.
The president can call up state forces, but governors can refuse.
All men and women combat-capable at 18 are required to serve and train.
Use military models similar to the Isreali and Switzerland ground forces.

*The return of state nullification as an alternative to the Supreme Court.

*The repeal of the 17th amendment (state popular vote of federal senators)
and the return of state legislature appointed senators.

*The elimination of FCC licensing; instead stations would own frequencies as property.

*An alternative to our current Federal Reserve, the adoption of Austrian economics
and/or refundable money (gold, silver, etc.) as well as the legalization of private and
state currencies.

*A return to the use of declarations of war.

*A larger federal navy; state ownership and operation of the coast guard. Navy
personnel would be strictly naval in nature; no offensive ground troops.

*A reduction of the Supreme Court's powers to regular court rulings, piracy cases,
judicial regulations; constitutional interpretations would take an advisory rather
than an enforced role. State nullification would replace often erratic constitutional
rulings.

*If none of these goals are attainable, a secessionist conglomeration of like minded
states should form.

If you agree or disagree, or have questions about, any of these goals,
drop a comment. I will discuss these goals in detail soon.

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