The Need for Local Control

The size of government and private corporations today has become so large that they are no longer controllable by the people that they both claim to ultimately serve. The belief that bigger-is-better in all things has come to an end. We need to bring back society to a more human scale where people can feel that they have a voice in the decisions being made concerning their future.

People feel disempowered by the size of the economy that they depend on and are at its mercy. The political systems that developed during an age when governments reigned supreme are now dictated to by the needs and wants of the private sector that commands the economy that both the people and their governments depend on.

What we need are governments and markets that function for us. Therefore, we need to be able to create and control them for ourselves and that means that they must begin at the local level and be formed from there.


8 Responses to “The Need for Local Control”
  1. Jared Brizuela says:

    Mr.Allen, your statement about the “belief that bigger-is-better in all things has come to an end” is true, and i agree with that. Yet i think that if the government is smaller then the people, their voices will be enormous and not enough demands will be met. If governments were smaller, the people can have a higher voice, but not be exceeding. So the governments are better off being smaller and being in control and have the people be in control as well. Of course, we do need governments that serve us, but what some people think is that they overpower our people. This leaves numerous debates about how the government deceives us and so on and so forth. If i were to continue any longer, there would be too much to say. Thank you for reading this comment about your blog.

  2. Niaz Ahankoob says:

    Nicely written Professor Allen, of what i have comprehended, I have some objections. The government has a function in society, as does everything according to functionalism. The government has specific duties it fulfills that “we” are not educated about. If “we” take control of the governments and markets, we could destroy it, or disrupt its balance. It is great for people to feel that they have a voice in decisions about their futures, but some people don’t know whats best for themselves and society. An example would be voting. It gives us some say in the government, but most people don’t research the candidates or completely read the propositions, they decide according to the media, instincts, or other uneducated reasons, which always aren’t right. I don’t exactly favor the government or the way they are dealing with the economy right now, but they are handling it better than most American’s would.

  3. We can start by enforcing the integrity of our voting process. People now feel disempowered because they’ve been habitualized to dependentcy on the government to take care of them from cradle to the grave.

    ‘All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing’ – Edmund Burke, political philosopher.

    “No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.” -Thomas Jefferson

    “When governments fear people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny”. – Thomas Jefferson, A Founding Father of the United States, third U.S. President, primary author of the Declaration of Independence.

    As for the current state of corruption in our government, I believe Benjamin Franklin can clear that up as well…

    “Finally, there seem to be but three Ways for a Nation to acquire Wealth. The first is by War as the Romans did in plundering their conquered Neighbours. This is Robbery. The second by Commerce which is generally Cheating. The third by Agriculture the only honest Way; wherein Man receives a real Increase of the Seed thrown into the Ground, in a kind of continual Miracle wrought by the Hand of God in his favour, as a Reward for his innocent Life, and virtuous Industry.”

    -Benjamin Franklin, Positions to be Examined, April 4, 1769

    But before we can talk of guns, the American people need to wake up from their deep cognitive dissodence sleep state and stand up for their freedoms and put an end to the rampant corruption that has been plaguing our government for decades. This can be accomplished by means of communication and the power to inform others of the problems that we truly face. For if we cannot talk to our own neighbors, then will they even know that we were ever there?

  4. Daryl Arouchian says:

    I believe that corporations shouldn’t be able to “bribe” our government or its representatives. A corporations are not people so why is their voice louder then ours in a government for the people? I believe that it should go back to the way it use to be, before corporations could “bribe” our system.

  5. J'Darren Santos says:

    I agree, in fact, many people would agree. The Government really doesn’t seem to listen to the people. But what is worse, is that many countries have corrupt Governments which have resulted in seemingly “out-of-control” societies. Many also believe that our Government hides things from us, which creates a lot of controversy. So I too believe that in order to make our society a better place is to get the Governments and Markets to work for the people.

  6. Jamie Eustice says:

    I definitely agree with this. It goes along with one of the other articles i responded to. You hit the nail on the head, bigger is no longer better. I think we need to start migrating back to our mom and pop ways. Smaller industries and corporations are better for us. Instead of having one enormous corporation that 5 states rely on, each individual state should have their own sized to produce enough for them. What happens with big corporations is too many people are forced to rely on them and when they cannot pull through, everyone is left astray having no back up plan because they are supposed to be full proof but aren’t. I say go back to the good old days where people have multiple sources they can rely on if another should fail.

  7. jny h. says:

    Yes, ideally governments and markets should work for us, and it would be great if they were to come back to the level of where the people would feel they make a difference. However,it could be said that’s what is going on now, Democrats want federal power Republicans want state power but Google and Apple have the most power. Because whoever has the most money has the most power, and currently the Government is broke. So while the Dem. vs Rep. fight, attention is being diverted from corporations gaining political power.

    When you are at the top, you can see the changes happening beneath you and take advantage, because power corrupts and nobody wants to give up that power.

  8. Narek Ghazaryan says:

    Governments has never listened to their people. They do what they want to do for their own profit, not for their own people profit. the only suggestion I have is Hope for the best and Plan for the worst.

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