How Democratic Parochialism Strangles Nations

Conservative thought historically has tended to value the local above all else. Sensibly it has determined that the local relation is the purest for a variety of reasons. Not only has it seen such arrangements as empowering the everyman over and above faceless bureaucrats (we must remember conservatism at its heart has a sort of romantic realism concerning lowly people, recognising their limits and yet also seeing in them something of the untainted), but also it has viewed social ties as being more practical where maintained by those who have a more intimate knowledge of problems at hand. We prefer the idea that the problems of our village for example will be solved by those who live in the village and understand its unique character and peculiarities, rather than some kind of politburo in a distant capital. A deeply centralised state enables politics to become less about problem-solving and more about transactions. To quote the French thinker Louis de Bonald, “wise government should constitute the administration in such a way that individuals have the fewest possible occasions to ask favors, and the administration the fewest possible occasions to bestow them”[i].

[i] Blum C. Critics Of The Enlightenment. Wilmington, Del: ISI Books; 2004:75.

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