“Localism” As Ideology
Keep in mind, this isn't the localism we'll soon be fighting in the free speech debate we're discussing. It has nothing to do with that.
Pundita follows up on a discussion we started yesterday. I'd like to do more with it, but I'm too pressed for time right now. Not sure if you read Blond's piece, but you might want to.
The Left has nothing to offer an America as we envision it. They are the party of a repeatedly failed collectivism. But the corporate-Republican embracing of Globalism carries with it threats to America, as well.
The extreme of a potential new conservatism for the Right can be seen now in the survivalist mentality. And that's no solution at all. Hopefully somewhere in the middle is a ground that both accounts for the driving need for globalism, but does better on quality of life issues the Right has ignored for too long.
Really there needs be no new great invention of a politics for America – it can simply be a turning back to anti-Federalist views, which appreciate the need for more power to reside within the States. At the State level, power should be left within cities and towns as much as possible.
I believe one can accommodate the political aspirations of Blond into America's existing framework. So it's more radical in contemporary thought than traditional practice given our History. The question is, how do we turn the power flow up to the Federal Government around?
Accomplishing that would get us a long way toward where we might want to go. From there, it's understanding the economic model that would work within the political paradigm, while taking globalization into account. See Pundita's follow on to my post here. In essence, she's right to take Milton Friedman to task, not for what he thought, but for what he did not think of.