What is the point of trying to finding a perfect government? Or one that will function enough to learn from past mistakes and its own mistakes to make itself stronger in the future. Every single time a government is formed, it eventually falls. Rousseau wrote about the tendencies that decayed the sovereign. Those are inequality, loss of public spirit, private interest, wealth, mercenaries, and representatives. At the beginning of an overthrow of any government these tendencies (besides representatives) are addressed in a new general will of the people. Over time, again and again, you see these issues spelled out by Rousseau come back into play and cause the government to crash. Human nature just does not allow us to find perfection. Perhaps the only way to get something to last for some period of time is to have hope. Hope in a perfect world, a perfect government. We are always hoping for that. Are we dumb for pursuing such endeavors only to eventually fail? Or is there that slight off chance that we can find a way that all people can be level headed and put aside their own private interests and make a world that fits everyone.
The next question I ask is would it be smarter to just make smaller territories in order to have a longer lasting government? This is going against Madison’s notion that a wide territory would prevent a majority from ruling over a minority in government. The problem once again comes up in human nature. You will never find two people that will agree exactly on every issue. So there will be another conflict even in a two person state. So a smaller state falls into this eventually failure/ vicious circle narrative.
Knowing this over so many years I feel we should turn away from wanting perfection out of government. Maybe we would not be as upset with the government failing us and just strive somehow keep us happy and content. In knowing we will have differences we can just move on with our personal lives. But then again that is what we do every all the times anyways. So did I just waste 45 minutes of my life trying to find a solution to a problem that has no solution? I cannot begin to see how to not go insane will trying to work past all of these issues.