In a perfect world our society would cater to each of us as a unique person with idiosyncratic needs, woven nicely into the larger social fabric. The reality of a nation with hundreds of millions of people is that the larger and more diverse it is, the less customized to individual needs and desires the experience of being a citizen will be.
While it’s not a solution that could be implemented tomorrow, the whole piece is a great dive into the evolution of people governing people — and where things have gotten muddled.
I’ve always thought America is simply too big (in population and landmass) and too diverse to be effectively governed from the federal level. There’s just too much variation. The state government seems like a nice remedy for this, but it can lead to confusion and conflict.