Three hundred years ago, humanity’s most prevalent form of government was absolute power. Kings, sultants and emperors were free. Those they ruled over, the people, were not. As civilization became more educated, people began demanding a voice. Democracy decentralized authority and gave people a say in their governance. But as rulers became representatives, they learned they could recentralize their...
Is it possible to have a government that isn’t driven by ideological differences? Examples in North America alone, including one state house in the U.S., show that government bodies can be designed to avoid political parties and encourage cooperation. NBCLX storyteller Peter Hull takes a closer look at the possibilities of decentralized government.