There are very few people who are thinking and writing about the fact that we currently have no idea how to limit government.
America was founded on the idea that government would limit itself. Various branches would check each other and the States would check the various branches. States were racist, so they had to be stripped of their powers of checking, and you’re a racist if you want to bring them back. Regardless of what you think of this idea (personally, I think the idea of self-limitation is retarded), it’s not working anymore.
Patri Friedman would like to limit the government by making it easy for people to switch among governments. Mencius Moldbug has suggested limited government by using what I have described (somewhat sarcastically) as the free market method. The free market has selected joint-stock ownership with a CEO and a board of directors as the best method for running a large organization. The CEO is in charge, but the board and owners have the ability to exert control in certain circumstances.
Is anyone else seriously discussing this issue?
Arnold Kling has written about some sort of localism, in which people would do as much as they can to limit their use of government services. This idea is partly related, but I think it mostly misses the point.
Robin Hanson has written about prediction markets, but again I don’t really think they’re a serious way to limit government or to govern.
Everyone else seems to basically accept the self-limiting concept or else to believe that democracy limits government, despite evidence to the contrary.