At the heart of the French democratic recession is a void where local democracy should be. That void stems from France's highly centralized system of government. Democracy, at its core, is a local thing....
- In order for democratic self-government to work, ordinary men and women need to be personally involved in government themselves. There really isn't any shortcut. By definition, democratic government is premised upon the idea that we, "the people," tell the government what to do, as opposed to the situation in which the government tells us what to do.
- For "democracy" to prevail, in other words, "the people" need to be more powerful than "the government." We need to be "the boss."
- The power of "the people" is maximized at the local government level, because that's the easiest place for the people to be in charge of the government, rather than the reverse.
- When people believe that they are in charge (which they really can be, at the local level), they are more willing to make government a priority and to get involved.
- Return to the top of this list. "Democracy" demands that ordinary people be actually involved in telling the government what to do; if people get used to doing that (and the local level is where they have the best chance to being in charge of what their government does) democracy is strengthened.