[FoRK] Misunderestimating "The" Tea Party

Russell Turpin russell.turpin at gmail.com
Sun Mar 21 16:32:24 PDT 2010

On Sat, Mar 20, 2010 at 11:18 PM, Damien Morton <dmorton at bitfurnace.com> wrote:
> There was an excellent article a few years back in the Economist,
> discussing the upswing of regionalism within the EU. Basically,
> with the creation of the EU, former "smaller units of aggregation"
> such as Scotland, Catalonia, etc, with desires for more independent
> policy can assert themselves more easily.

One of the aggregation problems in the US, perhaps more serious than
that of state-federal relationship, is that states are the locus of
legislation, rather than smaller units. As a result, Texas stomps on
Austin, Florida cities must fight Florida developers in the state
legislature, New York City tussles with the state of New York, and
west and east Washington are yoked politically. There are a variety of
ways in which the states are now pretty much relics of history, but
doing anything else would be nigh impossible given the Constitutional
importance placed on them, how much political work would be required
to change that, and how much rural states would fight to preserve
their heavily weighted power.

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