A genius of the American founding was to invent a structure that allowed national initiative while permitting local diversity. Because there is a single nation, much focus has been on its activities. As time has passed we fear loosing the importance of local governance and enterprise.
Instead, the interest with a 24/7 news cycle has become a spectator sport for the “doings” in DC or New York and tragedies around the world. All of this focus has fostered powerful national cults of personality.
David Brooks NYT Essay about Localism
David Brooks recent essay has described the localism option. He writes that the liberal, conservative dichotomy has failed for many folks. Likewise with populism. The next initiative will be localism. While national politics is nasty and discouraging, we hear refreshingly of local successes.