As you know if you are a regular reader of this blog, I like to point out how elements of the classical and Christian traditions influence us today and offer possible guidance in addressing contemporary problems.
A great example of this sort of thing popped up on Youtube last week. The Abbeville Institute, a scholarly organization dedicated to the study of Southern history and culture, has posted a video titled “Is America Too Big?” The premise of the video is Aristotelian: to function effectively, polities should exist on a “human scale.” Scholars Donald Livingston and Kirkpatrick Sale make the argument that the United States can be said to have grown beyond this scale (assuming our goal is to continue to have representative government) and that it therefore has become dysfunctional.
The video is about four minutes long and is well worth your time; it’s very thought-provoking. Watch it and let me know what you think in the comments section.