Small is better

We need smaller, more decentralized government. On paper, it might appear much more efficient to be large — to have economies of scale. But in reality, it’s much more efficient to be small. An elephant is vastly more efficient, metabolically, than a mouse. It’s the same for a megacity as opposed to a village. But an elephant can break a leg very easily, whereas you can toss a mouse out of a window and it’ll be fine. Size makes you fragile. Nassim Nicholas Taleb, foreign policy

Every few years the great and the good in the Capital Regional District suggest that Victoria, Oak Bay (where we live) and assorted other municipalities be merged into one, big, city.

It is a remarkably dumb idea.

15,000 people can actually function as a community. 150,000, much less 1.5 million can only function as a bureaucratic environment.

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