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Thank you for this excellent piece

The local Tea Party (on of the few not co-opted in the state) in my area had a panel discussion "Herding Cats" where the panelists were asked very leading questions, the obvious goal of which was to put aside our policy differences and get behind, well, whatever those driving the process wanted us to get behind.

Here was one of the leading questions" Could we say that saving this Republic is bigger than any of our individual differences?

And here was my (I was a panelist) answer:

- No, I think that's getting it backwards. Freedom is expressed in the form of individual differences. The Republic is should not be viewed as the end, but the means. It is a tool whose function, whose justification for its very being, is to protect -among other things- our right to be different, to hold different views and to express them, especially in the form of dissent from the group norm. If we have to give up that to save a government, then its time to abandon that government and work for one that we don't have to give up our freedom to sustain.

Localism is for people who can still sleep at night even though somebody they don't know in a city they have never been is doing things differently. ("Localism, A Philosophy of Government" on Amazon for Kindle or Barnes and Noble ebook websites)