We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. -- from the Declaration of Independence
 

The Political Mess

Politicians are people who make friends for themselves with other people’s money. With money from taxpayers. With your money.

We are supposed to have governments of representational democracy. The truth is that politicians get themselves elected in a very tightly-controlled system that limits the viable parties to two. The electoral process ensures that someone will get elected to office, even if the electorate is not particularly happy with either candidate, increasingly voting for the lesser of two evils, or just not voting at all out of frustration.

Those who get elected are supposed to represent the people, but end up generally representing only themselves and various special interests. It is sufficient to get re-elected to satisfy enough special interests to finance the next campaign, in which the candidate will then persuade a simple majority of enough voters still willing to endure the indignity of voting to vote for them.

The result is generally higher taxes, and, when taxes are insufficient, greater debt, pushing the financing of ever-growing programs into the future. We have gotten to the point where our children will inherit our debt and a form of government that will, at best, provide them the illusion of self-determination.

It would be cruel to paint such a dark picture if there was no hope. There is hope. It lies in the strength of the human person never giving up, never being satisfied with “good enough”, always looking for a way to make things better. You are here because you hope for something better. Let’s see if we can make that happen.

The non-political way out - this new thing called "cantons"

I’m going to introduce you to a new term, a new concept, called the “canton”. A canton is a voluntary organization of taxpayers which has one purpose: to take from politicians control of the expenditures of government. Let the politicians PROPOSE. Let the cantons DISPOSE.

Each canton is based on a certain ideology, a certain group of principles and values shared by its members. These values will determine, once the cantons together have wrestled control of expenditures away from politicians, how the taxes of its members are spent.

The core advantage of cantons: decentralization of power

An Englishman of the 19th century, Lord Acton, made this famous statement: "Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely". In addition, power seeks to be ever more powerful. We have witnessed over the last two hundred years an ever-increasing consolidation of wealth and power in the hands of fewer and fewer people.

Cantons seek to reverse this trend. Cantons are about decentralizing power, redistributing it back to the people, who are, and have always been, the true source of power by means of the taxes they pay. Cantons are an essential counter-balance to the centralizing power of special interests.

Learn more about what a canton is, including an example of how one might operate.