The Nuremberg prosecutors wanted to indict the Nazis on trial for crimes, but at the same time they wanted to preserve the dogma that the modern European nation-state is the culmination of moral progress. This created a conundrum.
In case you doubted that California's politicians are firmly committed to ever-higher levels of taxation, California is now trying to retroactively impose sales taxes on out-of-state retailers going as far back as 2012.
Many healthcare professionals have happily embraced the same attitude as cops: "We're experts, don't you dare question us." But the 100,000 yearly medical-error deaths suggest this expertise ought to be questioned more often.
Now is not the time to pine for the days of agreeable politics. In recent decades, the US has gone through radical political and cultural transformations that are making the country progressively ungovernable.
Decentralized decision-making is critically important in potential emergency situations, because only property owners have the skin in the game that that forces people to think long and hard about the consequences and side effects of their actions.