Monday, July 18, 2011

Ain't No Tyranny Like Small Town Tyranny

I have often written here about the need to build ties to your local community (the real world one, not just the online communities you belong to). It will be important to have strong ties to your neighbors once the gale force winds of the Grand SuperCycle decline whip across the country.

This is not to say that I believe that smaller units of governance are always best or that small-towns offer some sort of shiny happy alternative to the problems that are going to crush urban areas. The wave of negative mood and the anger, fear and authoritarian tendencies will be on display all around you. Case in point, Gould, Arkansas, where the city council is trying to pass an ordinance banning the formation of any groups that discuss city business, unless those groups fill out all the necessary papers (modern tyranny always comes back to that, doesn't it?):

You may laugh and say it is just Arkansas, but this very well could be coming to a polity near you - and you best hope you have a mayor or civic groups willing to stand up to it like the Mayor of Gould.

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