I was reading this blog that I ran across tonight (Left-Liberty.net and found an article that I found quite interesting. It was aptly titled An Overview of Decentralism
Decentralism is a political theory that I have read some stuff on but never really got a really good grasp of what it was about. This article really puts it in the simplest terms possible.
So I, in turn, have decided to write here, in a nutshell, based on that article, the main tenets of the Decentralist theory.
Here they are:
1. Big = Bad.
The centralized state, the hierarchical bureaucracy, is a failure. It is authoritarian and top-heavy. Big government is dangerous.
2. Power should be diffused to the lowest level possible. For example, the community level. Nothing should be decided at a level beyond those who are affected.
3. Freedom comes first. From that flows order and harmony of the society at large.
This sounds like a really good idea. I don't think it would ever happen because people, as I have stated time and time again, are inherently greedy and once they get a small taste of power, they get power-hungry and want more of it. But it is a good theory, nonetheless.
It seems to me that more would get done and people's basic needs would be met more easily if everything was decentralized.
It makes me wonder a bit if the style of government that was set up by the Articles of Confederation would have been a better system than what we have now. I think I'm going to read more about those Articles and get back to you on that.