to what you are saying here.... they also asked the panel "From your experience, can you share one generalized example of an obstacle that would interfere with effective cooperation among us?"
And I answered:
– the suppression of rational debate turns off thoughtful liberty-minded people. There is a forum called FreeRepublic which was huge and growing, until the owner decided to put outward unity over continuing rational dialog. It is still around, but it is an empty shell of what it once was. If you think about it, all progress originally begins as dissent, as someone challenging the prevailing view of their group. He shut that down and now it is just an echo chamber with no intellectual challenge or growth, and even the true believers got bored with it and started drifting off.
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)
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