FOOLS: Fans Of Centralized Government Are Pretty Quiet About Venezuela

Imagine for a moment that Venezuela was a very decentralized country. Imagine if each of their individual states and cities had broad authority to set their own economic and social policies, while the federal government limited itself to a bare minimum amount of regulation, taxation, a legal framework, and a common national defence.

If that was how Venezuela was run, do you think the country would have become the socialist hellhole it is today?

Of course not.

At an almost intuitive level, we can sense that a decentralized system is simply more protected against a total collapse, as a mistake in one part of the system will convey information to other parts that can then avoid it. We also sense that centralized power is a precursor to horrific violence and economic mismanagement on a massive scale. After all, the 20th century was the era of hyper-centralized regimes, and their “efficiency” and ability to concentrate power in the hands of a few government leaders led to a violence on a horrendous scale.

That’s why it’s no coincidence that Venezuela is falling apart, and descending into starvation, rampant inflation, and violence. And that’s why those who favour a massive & centralized government are being so quiet about Venezuela.

A nation of millions of people is a highly complex system, and the consequences of actions that impact a whole complex system at once can be difficult to predict. Even worse, when those decisions are made by just a few people at the top of a bureaucratic state, the decision-makers lack the information needed to truly understand what’s happening. That’s why breaking the system up into smaller jurisdictions – and giving more power to those smaller jurisdictions – ensures better decision making.

Decentralization also encourages more freedom – which is exactly what the centralizing globalist elites fear most. A powerful central government can impose policies on people without giving them a choice. But in a decentralized system, a group of foolish and arrogant utopians could impose their system only on a small area, and the failure would stand out so obviously in comparison to other nearby areas. Decentralized systems ensure that decision makers are much closer to the people impacted by those decisions, which is a great incentive not to screw people over and betray those you’re supposed to serve.

Clearly, Venezuela’s descent into a brutal authoritarian dictatorship could not have happened in a decentralized state with a small government.

There is a lesson for Canada in all of this. Our government is far more centralized than our nations founders intended, and the federal government has far overstepped what should be a limited role.

We should be transferring money and power from the federal government to the provinces, and from the provinces to rural communities, municipalities, and city governments.

And yet, as we see our debt increasing, deficit spending as far as the eye can see, and destructive regulations and taxes from Ottawa damaging the prospects of Canadians in every province and territory, we can clearly see that centralization is increasing in Canada.

It’s a dangerous trend, and it needs to be reversed. Decentralization and more locally-based decisions are the path to a better and more prosperous Canada, and are an important hedge against the ambitions of the dangerous global elites who want to put us all under a massive bureaucratic state and deprive us of our our freedom.

Spencer Fernando


The elites want to hide their many failures behind political correctness, deception, and manipulation. We need to push back and spread the truth.

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