September 30, 2003

Dog not barking in night...

In all the cacophony about Iraq, there's one word I've been hoping to hear--but haven't lately. It's Federalism. It's what Iraq needs.

Ever wonder why the German-speaking Swiss don't oppress the French-speaking Swiss? And the French-speakers don't fight with the Italian-speakers? It's because most of the important Swiss decisions are made in the Cantons. Even if you became President-for-Life of Switzerland, it wouldn't do you much good, because the central government doesn't control very much...

And if you become El Supremo in your Canton, your Storm Troopers will find things frustrating: Everyone probably already belongs to your Master-Race, and if you make things really unpleasant, your people can just move to the next valley and leave you "Ruler of Naught."

Posted by John Weidner at September 30, 2003 10:12 AM
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