Chapter 9: States Do the Work of the People

Closer to the People

State and local governments, by being closest to the people, bring out the best of both self-and representative government. When local government calls the shots, the people making decisions know how lives are affected on the ground, and leave maximum room for people to improvise and innovate without having to ask permission. There will be mistakes, there will be flaws. But I believe that in the end mistakes are minimized and less arbitrary when the person facing the actual problem firsthand is the person making the decision.

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