From the book, The 5000 Year Leap Principles of Freedom.
I’m on my second reading of this book, this portion stuck out to me and fits in well considering the nation wide tea parties held yesterday.
Strong local self government is the keystone to preserving human freedom
The centralization of political power always destroys liberty by removing the decision-making function from the people at the local level and transfering it to the officers of the central government.[…]
and they lose the will to solve their own problems. They also cease to be involved in community affairs. […]
[they, the citizens] often degenerate into faceless automatons who have neither a voice nor a vote.