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The Wisdom of Federalism

William Murchison, The American Spectator

When it works right, the good old Union —our Union — is a marketplace serving innumerable constituencies with innumerable needs and outlooks. State and local governments exist chiefly to assess and address these needs and outlooks: such and such medicine for you, such and such for him, according to the political dispositions on view in the electorate. Free, uncoerced choice in political contexts, we nevertheless sense, has much to be said for it, whether rightly or wrongly exercised. You pays your money, as the saying goes, and you takes your choice. There the fun starts — or the folly.