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December 05, 2007

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Eminence Grise

So decentralization seems to be the wave of the future, ready or not. But how to decentralize a large, complex nation like the US? What would it look like? I imagine California on one side, New England on the other and maybe Texas on the third coast, with a massively depopulated midwest, mountain west and Great Lakes mostly used for natural resources (esp. water). Which, come to think of it, is sort of how things are now, but they get senators.

Anyway I'm thinking decentralization will be messy and probably de facto before its de jure (if it ever is), with the US as a nation becoming effectively something like a commonwealth. Is this in line with the hollow state theory?

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