I am no longer certain that the events of March 13, 1964 are applicable to today’s urbanites, suburbanites, and ruralites. I do have my suspicions, though. Most people, I suspect, are incapable of loving all of humanity. Agape is not a dominant gene. So, what limits might exist? A possible answer: http://www.newscientist.com/article/...ic-number.html.
This parallels your notion of breaking up the large democracies into smaller units but units of 150 people in a country of millions seems somewhat problematic. Except that, if the researchers are correct, the situation already exists.
The object of education is to produce citizens. The kind of citizens I want to produce would adhere to a belief systems like this: http://www.heinleinsociety.org/rah/thisibelieve.htmlBringing this back to your point about social disconnection, which approach do you think is better for encouraging social connection? National or local? And if, as Gary suggests, we need to encourage the spirit, how should best approach "spiriting" the masses?
Having listened to our children complain about our smoking from the time they entered elementary school, I am quite certain of the efficacy that training.