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