Today, Belgium broke the world record for longest time without a central government.
What’s even better is that the Belgian people have arguably benefitted tremendously from living without the yoke of a central government for the last 249 days. A blogger at DirectDemocracyUK.com notes that, as Belgians look to regional governments to take over functions previously administered by the national government, they are realizing the benefits of decentralization.
Although many students in Belgium are protesting the government’s inaction by staging a striptease (showing that Flemish and Walloon students have the same bodies, and thus should not be “separated”), this writer would encourage them to enjoy not only the achieving of a much enviable world record (we should be so lucky!), but also the creative possibility of restructuring their nation on less-centralized grounds.Published in