Daniel Hannan (Member of the European Parliament for South-East England) sees the beginning of a localist revolution.

We’ve still got a very long way to go, of course. But give credit where it’s due. Governments hate giving away any jurisdiction. Yet, on an issue that matters enormously to people across my Home Counties region, power is passing from a remote bureaucracy to a local community. If we can have local referendums on planning, we can have them on policing priorities, tax levels, road schemes. This could be the beginning of, literally, a revolution: a turning of the wheel, a setting upright of that which has been turned on its head, so that the state once again becomes the servant of the citizen rather than the other way around.

One good reason to vote Conservative on Thursday? Localism.

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Mark T. Mitchell
Mark T. Mitchell teaches political theory at Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, VA. He is the author Michael Polanyi: The Art of Knowing and The Politics of Gratitude: Scale, Place, and Community in a Global Age (Potomac Books, 2012). He is co-editor of another book titled, The Humane Vision of Wendell Berry. Currently he is writing a book on private property. In 2008-9, while on sabbatical at Princeton University, he and Jeremy Beer hatched a plan to start a website dedicated to political decentralism, economic localism, and cultural regionalism. A group of like-minded people quickly formed around these ideas, and in March 2009, FPR was launched. Although he was raised in Montana and still occasionally longs for the west, he lives in Virginia with his wife, three sons and one daughter where they are in the process of turning a few acres into a small farm. See books written by Mark Mitchell.


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