UPDATE 6.30.23: Despite lots of international pressure, Switzerland has decided not to allow the export of nearly 100 mothballed Leopard tanks to Ukraine from Italy in order to preserve its neutrality. This will undoubtedly upset supporters of Ukraine in its war against Russia, but for people who value Switzerland for its steadfast neutrality, this is […]
The Swiss Way
I have written in the past of the Swiss Confederation and its weak central government form (the presidency is a ceremonial office and rotates). The office has no powers above the other six members of the Swiss Federal Council. The entire Federal Council is considered a collective head of state. Switzerland is a neutral country with a low crime rate and a powerful national defense system. Instead of fielding a large standing army, Switzerland requires every man to undergo military training for a few days or weeks a year throughout most of his life. Each man is required to keep his assigned automatic rifle at home at the ready. The Swiss are powerful believers in individual liberty and freedom. They believe that there is no need for a higher legal authority to check people’s initiatives. In fact, federal court in Switzerland is not allowed to rule on any constitutional matter at the national level. The Swiss are all about keeping things at the cantonal level. Keep it local is the key in Switzerland.
There is a lot to learn for Americans from “the Swiss way.” Switzerland’s model is precisely the weak form of central government intended by our Founders. The best outline of what a constitutionally strong form of federal republic looks like is Ron Paul’s Liberty Defined. The chapter on “Empire” alone will amaze you. -- Dick Young
Read all of my posts on the Swiss Way here.
Read more about Switzerland’s success, and what the United States can do to emulate that success in my series The Armed American Family, Parts I, II, III, IV, V, and VI. Originally posted October 13, 2021.
UPDATE: In the Cato Institute’s most recent Human Freedom Index, Switzerland was ranked #1 for having the most personal and economic freedom among the world’s countries. Switzerland scored especially well for its sound money, press freedom, and low crime. Switzerland has ranked first or second every year in the index. Originally posted May 26th, 2016 I […]
UPDATE 6.3.22: I wrote the piece below back in February 2011 when the Obama administration was in full fervor over gun control. The truth of More Guns, Less Crime has not changed since then, yet the Biden administration— seemingly a third term for Barack Obama—is calling for a massive round of new gun controls, including […]
UPDATE 3/29/22: Joe Biden’s recently released budget proposal includes the largest tax hike in history. Wealthy Americans will face a new minimum tax. Frighteningly, the tax would apply to unrealized gains for wealthy Americans. In addition to that nearly unworkable proposal, Biden proposes undoing the very successful Trump-era corporate tax reduction by pushing the rate […]
I have long been a proponent of what I call the Swiss Way. Switzerland’s small governments, acting locally, are the purest form of democracy available in modern society. Taki Theodorocopulous calls Switzerland’s traditional form of government “selective democracy.” Taki calls the West’s model of democracy a sham, citing its open borders and toxic media. He […]
UPDATE 12.15.2020: With America’s debt load soaring, the risk to the dollar today is perhaps greater than ever. Originally posted on July 30, 2020. The Fed has created a disastrous asset bubble that will extend for years. Read my series on Ron Paul to gain the full flavor for what is transpiring. I devoted a […]
Originally posted on July 18, 2016. Researchers studying the effects of wealth taxation in Switzerland have found that, rather than quelling inequality, the taxes are costly to the economy and generate little revenue with respect to their negative impacts. The Tax Foundation’s Alex Durante writes: Many countries in the OECD impose estate or inheritance taxes, […]
In The Wall Street Journal, Brian Blackstone reports that voters in the Swiss canton of St. Gallen have elected to ban burqa-like face coverings from public spaces. He writes (abridged): Voters in northeast Switzerland voted Sunday to ban burqa-like, face-covering veils in public. St. Gallen joined Ticino, in the southern, Italian-speaking part of the country, in […]