It is an interesting and thoughtful piece but I would take issue with an implicit assumption, that this happens in just a US bubble. Real geopolitics tells you that the Chinese, whose changing of the guard is every 10 years which is a technocratic and idealogical solution to the avoidance of concentrations of power but also about introducing change will outmanoeuvre any systems that
a) have more frequent populist changes of the guard and
b) that are smaller
Such city ‘states’ as are espoused here are already learning this lesson, to wit Singapore.