Thank you for your note, it’s well written.
Some might be interested in a simple view of cities vs rural communities but I would rather focus the discussion as an attempt in finding some common ground where collective action may be taken.
We can look broadly at regulation and more specifically at business regulation where the philosophy of government intervention is affecting growth in both of our worlds.
Since the mid ’80s, substantial expansion in the regulatory powers within multiple layers of government has added a byzantine maze of rules that inhibit creation and operation of new businesses at the ground level.
These regulations weaken the small, entrepreneurial businesses that helped turn the cities into the cornucopia of cultural diversity that you properly celebrate in your writing, a tempest into which it has grown increasingly more difficult for the current generation of visionaries to launch their dreams because discovery of and adherence to all the potential regulations or their interpretation is literally impossible.
At any one time, there are dozens of city, county, state, or federal regulatory bodies whose leadership can interpret their charter however they wish and discover a mandate that makes your business their business.
Suddenly, the small business owner is tasked not with actually delivering their product or service in an increasingly global marketplace where consumers have demigod knowledge powered by Google, now they must divert resources toward desperately satisfying some bureaucratic existential nightmare with the potential for not just economic doom, but social and physical harm.
Some argue our current quandary has it’s roots in the Chevron decision of 84, but I believe this only provided the teeth and claws to a tiger that was well on its way through adolescence.
Ultimately, I would argue our troubles rest in the belief that government is the best mechanism for resolving conflict, that government is how we shape the world into our image.
When business and commerce is used, the marketplace, i.e. the people decide very quickly if an idea has merit and should be accepted and when principles and practices are no longer of value, and these businesses die out of natural causes; nobody buys from them.
When government is used, ideas are codified and they never die.
Regulations seemingly live forever with each generation desperately adding their vision to the rules in a form of genetic mutation.
Government regulation is like a virus, once you have it, you have a friend for life.
Business ideas are like bacteria which can be killed off through any number of mechanisms.
Let’s work together on reducing government regulation that inhibits business development and innovation at the ground level.
I’m not talking about making it easier to dump gasoline into a lake, that’s a specious response.
I’m talking about the multiple layers of bovine scatology that make starting a business and operating it so difficult.
This will benefit the entire fabric of America’s tapestry, city folk and country folk alike.