More rambling on localism
In nature and in human organization, modularity is crucial. Every loss of a layer means more tyranny, because every loss of a layer means a loss of a local feedback loop. Nature functions by feedback within each level, from mitochondria up to hives and populations.
Negative feedback is life. No feedback is tyranny. Positive feedback is quick death.
The current holocaust has dramatically exposed an exception to this rule, which was already starting to show up a few years ago.
Traditionally cities are the most important module in governance. A neighborhood or unincorporated settlement isn't large enough to make useful rules or perform useful services like policing. A city can perform those services, and it can shape them to local preferences. Cities that grow too large lose the directness of the feedback loop, and they generally start losing population until they fall back to a rational size.
Cities can also be "corrupted" by local gangs, some of which are called corporations. This form of corruption isn't necessarily bad. Mafia-controlled cities are usually pleasant places with very little ordinary
crime. Before globalism took hold, corporations created local jobs, and many of them created real beauty and real social services for their employees, which also made life easier for the non-employees. When a creative force like Conoco or NCR
had total control of the city government in Ponca or Dayton, the city was vastly better off.
Since 1975 this model has been gradually decaying, as corporations gradually pulled away from products and employees and moved into pure finance, sucking free money from the Treasury's tit. The source of pure numbers is NOT in places like Ponca or Dayton. It's in NYC. So all corporations now serve the tastes and needs of NYC.
About ten years ago the NYC loop became personal, as Bloomberg started buying up all the mayors. Now the cities are not just abstractly serving NYC "values"; they're directly obeying Bloomberg himself. For several years cities have been ruining local police
to satisfy Bloomberg's NYC tastes. In 2020 all mayors acted in unison, starting and encouraging riots, ferociously enforcing and aiding the holocaust, trying to countermand sane governors.
This is NOT how cities are supposed to work.
It was easy for Bloomberg to buy the cities since they no longer had local revenue sources and local "corruption" to fend off outside money.
Now more localism just means more places for Bloomberg or Bezos to buy and run in deadly unison.
What's the answer? Ideally a strong national figure like FDR, who knows how to fight the blackmailers, and who insists on using the national government to BREAK the NYC control. FDR broke the stock market and investment banks, and his regulations prevented the regrowth of giant monsters like Bezos and Bloomberg for several decades.
Unfortunately there's no way to get there, except by prayer.
A smaller and more incremental solution might be through TAXATION.
We've seen this in the clinical trial of the current holocaust. "Party" turned out to be a meaningless variable. The most important real variable is TAXATION. The states that remained sane depend on REAL local farms and industries. They decided not to lockdown and shutdown their industries because they depended on taxes from those industries. The crazy states are either mainly dependent on DC, or derive taxes from Bezos and Zuck and Gates, who are the main cui bono of the holocaust.
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