„WILL THE STATE SURVIVE THE THIRD MILLENNIUM?“ HSH Prince Hans-Adam II of Liechtenstein (em pdf aqui)
(...)In order to realize it the political units with a right of self-determination have to be very small. I was also able to introduce the right of self-determination on a local level in the Liechtenstein constitution through a popular vote. Each of our 11 communities in Liechtenstein has the right to renounce its membership in the principality and become an independent state or join another state, if the majority of the population in the community decides so.
(...)What are the duties left to the state in the third millennium, which cannot be solved better and heaper by private enterprise or by the communities themselves?
In my opinion only foreign policy, law and order, education and state finances remain with thestate. All the other duties can be fulfilled better and cheaper on the level of the communities or by private enterprise. I will not deal with foreign policy as this matter will probably also in the future be very different from state to state because of geography, history and other reasons.
(...)The main arguments against direct democracy have been that people might vote for a law which discriminates against minorities or is not in the long-term interest of the people. In Liechtenstein the Reigning Prince has a veto power which he can use against such laws or changes of the constitution with the exception if the majority of the voters decides to abolish the monarchy.
(...) A state without debt, with foreign policy, the financing of the education system and the maintenance of law and order as its only duties will again become a lean and transparent state, which can be financed by a small percentage of the gross domestic product.
(...) Will the state survive the third millennium? Yes. Will monarchies survive the third millennium? Yes. Will large centralized states survive the third millennium? Probably not. To handle the transition from large centralized states to small states or decentralized large states peacefully will be one of the big challenges now at the beginning of the third millennium"