Society 2: The Ideal State

The ideal State has an enabling centre of the smallest unit, the community.

The mother feeds its chicks.  The ideal State is small with an enabling centre that satisfies the needs of its members.

The mother feeds its chicks. The ideal State is small with an enabling centre that satisfies the needs of its members.

I wrote previously of the need of a State, what is the ideal State? Plato says the purpose of the State is to benefit the people.  I observe the current State fails to benefit the people in most nations. Based upon my own personal experience of building and running organisations, and my observations of the failings and successes of others, I consider the ideal State has at its centre an enabling source of resources, knowledge and tools, that the smallest unit, the individual, family or community, dips into as per their needs to build their prosperity.

The old paradigm where the large centralised State dictates to the smallest unit how to believe and behave is unsustainable and is unravelling in riot and revolt.  The State denies the needs of the individual, family and community; these basic building blocks of State are rebelling; a paradigm shift is manifesting in a fight between a centralised tyranny and the grass-roots that wishes to determine their own liberty.

Mitt Romney undermined his Republican campaign in 2012 when he centralised it with a computer system and decision-making structure rather than allow his campaign teams determine his campaign at the local level.  The computer system broke down knocking out tens of thousands of his activists, and eliminating the ability and local knowledge of activists to respond with an adapted strategy that matched local needs, challenges and resources at the community level.

I often visit towns such as Brightlingsea and Wivenhoe, which are satellite towns of Colchester, these towns have their own unique needs, community and identity that are different from Colchester’s.  A centralised strategy of Colchester is good for Colchester but bad for Wivenhoe.

Europe is a centralised monster who fails to respond to the local conditions of individual States.  Why should a rich nation such as Finland, or an austere nation such as Germany underwrite the failings of spendthrift inefficient nations such as Greece? The centre is unable to sustain itself, and will fail, as the member States rebel against the centre.

Alexander the Great discovered that because Persia centralised its administration, by defeating Darius its king he was able to conquer a huge empire quickly. The Romans captured Britain by invasion, first by taking a centre of power, Colchester, then defeating a key individual, Caractacus, then destroying a centralising influence, the Druids.  The Romans failed to capture Scotland as the Scottish had no central location, administration or ruler in which to defeat and thus subdue the many.  The Romans withdrew behind a defensive wall after the Scottish gave them a bloody nose during a hard fight and a loss of a legion. The community has strength and liberty, the centralised State easily falls.

Colchester has a library, a source of knowledge and facilities which the individual and group uses for their needs.  Colchester library is a honey pot of resources that the community can dip into based upon their unique needs.  The centre of the ideal State is like Colchester library, a honey pot of resources, tools and knowledge, that the individual, family and community can dip into to satisfy their needs.

The first rule of the ideal State is it is small, it exists at the lowest sustainable level possible, perhaps the size of Colchester with a cluster of smaller towns and villages around it.  The second rule of the ideal State is that the centre is a honey pot that each individual, family and community dips into based upon their need. No longer will there exist in this paradigm a giant centralised unsustainable monster like Europe or the United Nations. No longer will a foreign nation or global corporate rape and control a community to their detriment.  The resources of Colchester is ring-fenced from being grabbed by Liverpool, boundaries prevent a Liverpool citizen coming to Colchester and undermining the sustainable State. Like Rome found, many sustainable self-determining communities are difficult to conquer, therein is the beauty of a smaller, self-determining and sustainable State.

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19 responses to “Society 2: The Ideal State

  1. I have come to the conclusion that population density seems to determine the oversight and control government must assert, and that people will accept for comfort.

    • There is a red line where if resources fail to match need the people will riot and rebel, which is when the ruler is left with a hard choice of letting the State fall or unleash their soldiers to shoot people. Unfortunately the ruler is either blind or stupid because the red line has been crossed and is starting to be crossed across the world. Most rulers have reacted to the bubbling anxiety and aggression of their people with paranoia, laws and militarisation of their command and control systems without realising why the people are upset. The outlook for everyone in the medium term is harsh and uncertain.

      • what’s interesting, at least in the US – is that the majority of the people in densely populated areas try to mandate policy across the rest of the country. When in reality it is a dichotomy of needs which expresses itself as the blue state / red state distribution which closely follows population density. One values security one self sufficiency.

      • There is a clear difference of needs between different communities in the USA that the centre is unable to meet.

      • it really comes down to an overly strong federal government vs state’s rights. I am continually amazed at the US founding father’s understanding of the human heart, and of government’s tendency to tyranny.

      • I am sure the US founding fathers would be horrified to see what their descendants have been doing with the nation they founded.

      • agreed, and how cheaply most of us have sold freedom.

  2. Any organisational system needs to begin at the bottom, at the grass roots and develop organically rather than attempting to determine how things should be from the top because, as you’ve mentioned a homogenous system cannot cater for the diverse needs of different communities.

  3. I have been anxiously awaited this post since I read the first on your series… ironic because a little short story I posted yesterday deals with revolt and rebellion using Bees as an allegory I normally don’t post links in the comments of other peoples’ blogs out of common courtesy, but I will make an exception today because I believe it might interest you
    http://tjtherien.wordpress.com/2013/07/14/hive-mentality/
    I really enjoyed this post as it coincides with my belief that politics should be run at the local level without Party Affiliation making representatives accountable directly to the community in which they reside. I like the idea of government being a honey pot of knowledge and resources for the individual and community to dip into as it requires… Well done here…

    • Hi Tjtherien, I will head over and read your short story, thanks for your link, I am sure others may enjoy reading it too.

      I agree, the ideal representative is an independent rather than a party-affiliated individual. I have campaigned in the past on behalf of independent-minded political candidates and even helped them win election. The political process is heavily weighed in favour of the political party candidate, which rarely produces a quality candidate that genuinely cares about their community beyond self-serving or dogmatic ends.

      • In Canada Nunavut has done away with party politics at the provincial/territorial level you may want to look into it…

      • Indigenous cultures bring to the table a different outlook such as these Inuit people have. I have a lot of respect for hunter gatherer cultures which I believe offer alternatives to the challenges that the modern world faces.

    • Hi Tjtherien, I had to go to see your site via a proxy because my ISP is blocking me from your site. My ISP has a default block on anything it thinks is “mature” which I am unable to disable because I refused to own a credit card. It is a great story. Bee hives often have rebellious sisters who attempt to lay their eggs without the Queen noticing.

  4. I see most of the problems in the US as being the direct result of the Federal Government taking over the governing from the states. Our constitution is an amazing instrument and to think this country was founded on freedom, freedom from taxation, etc it is hard to watch the dismantling of the values it was created on. Smaller bodies of government with participation at the lowest levels of society is the only way to find our way back.

  5. Hi Alex, I agree that the centralisation of any government structure is problematic. Living in Switzerland I appreciate our decentralised government structure. The individual states have more power than the centralised government and can even make up their own laws. On the other hand this makes it difficult to enforce laws that would make sense for all states, like banning smoking from restaurants or giving woman the right to vote. In the state of Appenzell Innerroden women where only allowed to vote the 27. November 1990. No system is perfect, sadly, but at least like this every community has the possibility and responsibility to evolve and improve. Even if it takes a long time to enforce a Swiss wide law.

    • There is a good argument for a universal law covering many communities which makes it less likely for conflicts to arise between them, for instance over river rights. Overall I think your government structure is a move in the right direction.

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