Comment: Size Matters

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Size Matters

The more local, the better.

The population of all states combined in 1789 was a mere 4 million souls. The United States has more than one hundred times as many people as when it was founded. We have a constitution written for 13 economically backward and rural states comprising only a small sliver of the continent and containing less than 4 million people. In that context, the constitution does not seem so bad. It was created as an engine to grow and it worked.

It worked too well. It has not stopped growing. The large size is the problem. Too many people and too much land under too centralized a system, which appears to only be centralizing more and more. Wrong direction. Decentralization is what is needed.

Any future union that hoped to encompass the territory of the current 50 states while still adhering to the wishes of the electorate, could not have any taxing power or ability to regulate money. At best, it would be only to coordinate foreign policy. A lot more like the AofC. The foreign policy would be funded or defunded directly by smaller units.

The smaller units would still have to be weak since they are likely to have more than 4 million per unit. Greater NYC area alone now has 5 times the population of the the whole of the states when the constitution was ratified.

To remain a republic and properly represent the electorate and defend their liberties, the government can't represent more than a certain number of constituents. How does that work given the population of today?