Maybe 300+ Million is Too Many

I read somewhere some time ago (can’t find it now) that the optimal size of a nation to be governed effectively, meaning according to the interests of most of the nation’s population, is around 12 million.

And that’s only on the national level. Such a nation would have even smaller political units to govern locally.

If that’s true, then 300 million is about 25x too much, let alone 1+ billion a la China and India.

Do I support secession? Yes, right down to the individual. Nobody should be forced into a political association that they don’t willfully and dutifully chose to associate with.

Maybe that’s the root of the issue for most of the world’s conflicts. What do you think?

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Founder and editor of and, Skyler is a husband and unschooling father of three beautiful children. His writings include the column series “One Voluntaryist’s Perspective” and “One Improved Unit,” and blog series “Two Cents“. Skyler also wrote the books No Hitting! and Toward a Free Society, and edited the books Everything Voluntary and Unschooling Dads. You can hear Skyler chatting away on his podcasts, Everything Voluntary and Thinking & Doing.