Sweden is often held up as an example of an excellent political-social-economic system, especially by those on the Left. And while it's possible to quibble over the numbers, it's pretty hard to deny that in virtually every measure of well-being of a society, Sweden ranges somewhere from quite good to top notch.
As a result, everybody can probably learn something of value by studying Sweden.
I'm no exception. What I've learned from looking at Sweden over the years is that 2 to 20 million people is a really nice size for a country. It's big enough to have the diversity of talents and desires to form a vibrant economy, yet small enough that the people have a feeling of belonging and camaraderie with their fellow citizens. It's big enough to support the necessary institutions of government and trade in the modern world, yet small enough that the government feels accountable to the citizens. It's big enough to create and accumulate wealth, yet small enough that it's worthwhile for citizens to protect their property and country from those who would use political power to take it. All of the advantages of being big enough, but not too big.
When the United States declared independence in 1776, the population was about 2.5 million, a nice size. But even at that small size, the founders focused on forming a federation, with the individual states keeping the vast majority of legislative power and a high level of autonomy, even though each state only had a few hundred thousand people.
A few hundred thousand in this day and age may be too small to support itself effectively. But what Sweden proves, unequivocally, is that 9 million is definitely not too small.
The United States has over 100 times as many people when it was founded. It has also concentrated the power in the central government. This has led to an Angry America where tens of millions of people don't have a feeling of belonging and camaraderie, don't feel that government is accountable to them, and feel like they are being taken advantage of by the ruling political class. I believe this has led to constantly rising hostility, government shutdowns, out-of-control government spending, subdued economic growth, and a desperate and hopeless feeling on the part of many that their country, and a place where they can live in peace and prosperity, has been irretrievably lost.
My belief is that if we could reduce the population of the United States to 9 million people, the vast majority of these problems would go away. 310,000,000+ people is not a manageable size. 9,000,000 people is.
Obviously, it's not possible to reduce the population, even though it would be an interesting experiment to send 300,000,000 million people to Sweden and see how it goes there.
The only possible approach is to split the country into smaller Pieces. Around 50 Pieces would work well, leaving, on average, 6.2 million people per Piece. Each Piece would be given complete sovereignty over itself. I would suggest that all the Pieces form an alliance for mutual defense and foreign relations, sort of like a mixture of NATO and NAFTA. They could call this alliance the Northern American Pieces, or NAP.
Then people could move to the Piece that best fit their ideology and way of life and that would diffuse the anger in Angry America. The Pieces would let people in other Pieces live in peace and prosperity. Divided we stand, united we fall.