“ For nearly 250 years, America dutifully followed the designs of Plato’s Republic, a democracy-like government that filtered the will of the masses through a complex web of highly educated bureaucrats and experts, selected from a relatively small slice of the population educated at top universities.” Actually, till around time of World War I to the New Deal, almost all decisions were decentralized at the state and local levels. Even the Civil War only partly centralized government. As of 1915 or so, the only federal worker in your life was the postman. A return to some sort of real federalism may be happening, at least on some levels. No reason San Francisco and Alabama need to be governed the same way.