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Our ambitions must be more than just a fatal consumerism, borrowing more to buy more of what we don't need to fill each succeeding landfill faster than the last. No truly remarkable civilization ever existed that did not have a deep and abiding faith in its purpose, that did not see itself in terms of a bond with the future, and that did not create a covenant between its people - past, present, and those that have yet to be. The first generations of Nebraskans were not afraid of leaving the past behind to become a bridge to the future. In fact, they left most everything behind except their religion and their choice of beverage. What they passed on to the next generation was something optimized for the early 1900's. There were more than 500 bustling little communities. Many were spaced 7 miles apart so the railroad steam engines could take on water and leave off supplies. Others were ethnic centers providing the opportunity for immigrants from the old country to transform themselves in language and ways and become American. They had schools, churches, taverns, blacksmith shops, grocery stores - full function trade centers for the for the quarter section farms within an hour's buggy ride. They invented themselves without government grants, meddlesome regulations, and developmental assistance. They never heard the term "Economic Development". They just did it! Time, however, waits for no one. Today 300 of those communities have less than 300 population, 400 less than 500, and there are only about 35 with more than 1,000. Most of the railroad tracks have long been abandoned or now carry unit trains screaming through them. What was once vibrant is now withering away, burdened by taxes and regulations imposed from afar and unable to provide for basic things like sewer systems and water towers without having to beg for grants from the state or federal government. Is this the rural Nebraska we want to pass on to our posterity? Are we so enamored with preserving the past that we are blind to the future? What are our options? For those communities locked into the depopulation spiral, is it time to reduce taxes, create opt outs of the bulk of regulations and restrictions, cut the subsidies, and open the door to local control and self reinvention? What if our communities could offer liberty? What if their government could be based on local control and regional cooperation, instead of consolidation and distant domination? What if they could decide which roads to abandon and which four lanes to build? What if 100 of them from Syracuse to Crawford could come together in a multi-purpose union of 150,000 people to create Nebraska's 3rd largest city? What if they were not just country bumpkins but capable of sophistication in finance, organization, and technology and had the know-how to handle hundreds of millions of dollars with penny perfect accountability? What if they were empowered to follow the model of their public power companies and build a true public idea highway? What if the concept of competitive government where within a single geographic area communities could chose between competing "state like" or regional governments could be implemented? What if suddenly all those great aspirations that dance in the boundless imagination of a young mind could find tens of thousands of square miles of fertile land where bright people, organized capital, and know how could come together in freedom and liberty? What if our destiny is to be extraordinary?


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