Reply To: Decentralization as a weapon against totalitarianism

Jason Jewell

The basic idea is that small jurisdictions provide ample opportunities for oppressed people to “vote with their feet.” But I think you may be wondering more about the role of mediating institutions in protecting individuals from the state. Robert Nisbet’s works, especially the “Quest for Community,” would be helpful here. Alexis de Tocqueville also discusses this idea in “Democracy in America.”

See Connor Boyack’s discussion of mediating institutions here: