-Then they added a hamstrung common currency (but nations were fiscally independent).
-And finally they're looking to have a super-government atop national governments. I think this one is the main thing which irks people.
That said, I think a common currency with independent fiscal policies and budgets is largely unworkable. Why is Spain or Greece stuck with the same monetary policy as Germany?
Indeed. France and The Netherlands rejected the Treaty of Lisbon in referendum, yet 2 years later, the Treaty was signed. The UK didn't dare to hold a referendum.
You may want to read more about the impetus behind the formation of the EU, in particular its origins in the European Coal and Steel Community:
The ECSC was founded in 1951 , that is just 6 years after the end of WW2!
> Determined to prevent another such terrible war, European governments concluded that pooling coal and steel production would – in the words of the Declaration – make war between historic rivals France and Germany "not merely unthinkable, but materially impossible". 
Two hundred or a hundred years ago people put up with a lot. A modern world doesn’t want to wait for things to work themselves out.
Either way: it can't be the case that things were more decentralized and local 2 generations ago and more centralized now, because, well, no, they aren't.
† I don't like oranges and haven't bought one in years so if it turns out we do pay $5 for an orange pretend I said $50, which I'm pretty sure we don't pay.
Even when you come to the “right” conclusion, imposing rules on people contrary to their values comes at a high price. In Bangladesh, the liberal elite tried to impose ideas like secular government. The common people pushed back, backing a military dictator that made Islam the official religion. 50 years later, the struggle between the two sides continues. You can’t beat people into believing the right things. There is nothing fundamentally different about Americans. You can impose the right answer on issues ranging from abortion to obscenity (and for the most part, I believe we have), but people will resent you for overriding their community’s choices. The cost of correcting injustice is straining the fabric that binds you together.
(How much does a banana even cost? $5?)
Yes, but bear in mind, the cost of maintaining injustice is also the straining of the fabric that binds you together.
Not really. Big parts of Pennsylvania and New York we’re speaking Dutch. A lot of the South was speaking Spanish. A bunch of the hinterland was Francophone.
And that’s just the White people.
Maybe let’s start with the French dropping French and let’s have Russia give up some land for eastward expansion.
Once you prove your success there, Africa awaits for unification efforts too.
It’s possible for states to get too big and peoples’ values to get too divergent for the political system to function efficiently. The US has been stuck in that state for a couple of decades. Until Brexit, the EU was hurtling headline into the same problem.
Nobody knows whether our system is going to work in the long run. Aren't we one of the oldest constitutional republics in the world? And yet we're like the blink of an eye compared to the empires of antiquity. It could all collapse tomorrow or we could chug along like Rome for centuries to come. But I'm not here for arguments that we're somehow uniquely screwed up today. Things have gotten less regulated and more decentralized, and other things have gone the opposite direction. Some people are angrier, others happier (we have a distinctively bad President so we're probably a little unusually hyped up). But if you wanted to be an American at a time of national stability, 2019 would still probably be in the top quartile of years to be here.
Either way, YC should not be pitching "Government 2.0".
People don't scale, no matter what the "homo bureaucratus" minority might wish.
Back in 2009 Nick Griffin and Andrew Brons were elected as MEP's for one term. After that the BNP's vote dwindled and they lost their seats.
Remain parties: 40.4% | Hard Brexit parties: 34.9% | Conservatives/Labour: 23.2%
It's a pity that despite the European elections being the closest the UK comes to using a nationwide proportional voting system, some of the media tries to present the outcome in terms of which party won the biggest minority, and how the two main parties fared.