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Unformatted text preview: velop or retain expertise over time. They also may be more able to transfer experience from or to impose more cost-effective regulatory strategies. FEDERALISM GOOD Joseph Lipner, J.D. from Harvard Law, George Washington Law Review, March, 1989, 57 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 907 States allow for a diffusion of power within the country. Diffusion of power is a bulwark against despotism, because the more sources and repositories of power are extant, the harder it will be for any group to tyrannize the entire nation. The more power is centralized in the federal government, the more it is likely to be abused. The virtue of decentralization is not merely weakened, but is meaningless if the federal government can always use the state government for federal purposes and responsibilities. BALANCED FEDERALISM IS KEY TO PRESERVING LIBERTY AND DEMOCRACY Ryan Squire, law student, PEPPERDINE LAW REVIEW, 1998, p. 880-881. Thus, a proper balance between federal and state authority helps to ensure that citizens are able to hold accountable those state or federal officials responsible for disfavored actions and implicitly ensures not only that federal and state officials will be responsive to the needs of their respective electorates, but that the officials will indeed have the ability to be responsive to their electorates. Indeed, a properly balanced system of federalism ensures liberty by maintaining local self-governance. In our republican democracy, in which citizens choose their representatives, few things are as important as political accountability. Without political accountability, citizens indeed cannot adequately choose how to be governed nor effectively pursue self-governance. STATES' RIGHTS BEST PREVENTS TYRANNY BY DIFFUSING POWER Barry Friedman, lawyer, MINNESOTA LAW REVIEW, December 1997, p. 402-403. A common argument brought to the defense of federalism is that divided government will protect liberty. This also is an argument that meets with much scoffing. As Rubin and Feeley point out, if national authority threatened our liberty, who would stand up to the Marine Corps? The states? I...
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