Comment: Every time this topic comes up

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Every time this topic comes up

It devolves into people just pointing out there stance and nothing is ever said to advance the discussion. Here is an attempt to advance the discussion. A scale……you can call it a government scale….or I like a Scale of Liberty. So how much government is enough? I am offering definitions…..the way I define them…..if you would like to alter definitions …… go ahead. But please stay with the philosophies of governance here. This is not a “we are a democracy/ republic” discussion……those are forms of government….this is a discussion of the philosophies of government.

Me personally I prefer somewhere between 3 & 4……that is enough government for me.

How much government do you prefer?

1. Anarchy …define as absence of government completely…..roving bands of misfits.

2. Minimalism …..This would be localism to me…….everything is decided by local control….no outside interference at all.

3. Statehood. …….All decisions made on local control……but we join together by counties for the greater good of our state and settle disputes. ( more concentrated form of federalism).

4. Federalism…… a union of partially self-governing states or regions united by a central (federal) government. In a federation, the self-governing status of the component states, as well as the division of power between them and the central government, are typically constitutionally entrenched and may not be altered by a unilateral decision of the states.

5. Nationalism…………… is unitary state is a state governed as one single unit in which the central government is supreme and any administrative divisions (subnational units) exercise only powers that their central government chooses to delegate. The great majority of states in the world have a unitary system of government.

6. Hegemony is an indirect form of government and dominance in which the hegemon (leader state) rules geopolitically subordinate states by the implied means of power the threat of force, rather than by direct military force.

7. Imperial….. an empire is a geographically extensive group of states and peoples (ethnic groups) united and ruled either by a monarch (emperor, empress) or an oligarchy. Mercantilism is a system which employed economic fallacy to build up a structure of Imperial state power as well as special subsidy and monopolistic privilege to individual or group favored by the state.

8. Totalitarianism (or totalitarian rule) is a political system in which the state holds total authority over the society and seeks to control all aspects of public and private life whenever necessary

Where do you think we are now......I say 7