I’m starting to wonder if it’s less about the size of government and more about whether society has settled on a vision for itself. In theory government is crafted to carry out society’s vision. Yes, I believe that American national government does too much and that the policies crafted by government its permeability and the ability of minority factions to leverage government’s permeability to create rules and institutions that probably do not flow with values or knowledge of society’s members.
Maybe, in addition to re-evaluating society’s vision, we may have to re-evaluate society’s size. The greater the population, naturally, the more varied and diverse its interests. So far American government has been able to incorporate these varying interests but for how long? This, in addition to class and ethnic biases, may be at the heart of the heated immigration debate.
Yes, Americans share common values and ideals but how long can these ideals hold together the nation’s fabric?