I got this from WRSA today, slightly off topic but then again maybe not. The author is a perceptive fellow.
Today, governments are once again losing the authority to govern, and for similar reasons. Another major financial crisis might lose them it completely; but a new crisis might not even be needed. Whitehall’s failure to control immigration, its puny efforts to tackle the housing question, the feebleness of our defences, the incompetence of our transport and energy policies might, whether jointly or severally, tip us over.
In the past, the country has been sustained in times of crisis by a solid body of electors who felt they had an interest in the existing structures which kept them, on the whole, safe and relatively prosperous. That body’s support is no longer so solid. The IT revolution is largely responsible. The speed of communications make governments and Parliamentary procedures look flat-footed. Increasingly the public is at least as well-informed as the Whitehall departments who are telling them what to do. It is virtually impossible to keep anything secret and anyone who betrays a confidence is regarded as heroic. The more rules we have, the more the public feels they are used as a means of flouting their spirit.
He’s talking about the UK of course, but he could as easily be talking about us.
“Authority to govern” is a round-about way of saying “legitimacy.” Isn’t that the key element of the insurgency/counter-insurgency? Who, or what faction is seen as the legitimate governing side? Revolutions have started over these things.
Again, highly recommended for reasons above, and other angles too.