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Friday, July 3, 2009

Some thoughts on the State

The State is presently moving into its terminal phase: anarcho-tyranny. That is, the State is both unable and unwilling to defend its law abiding citizenry from criminals (anarchy). Indeed, it has become hopelessly infiltrated with them, and devotes itself to prosecuting non-crimes such as discrimination, inequality of outcome, and the sale and use of certain drugs (tyranny).

Even its military is just another bureaucratic constituency, by now far removed from its original mission of defending the nation's territorial and cultural integrity.

The fact that people still vote for the State's continued existence would seem solely due to the perceived lack of an alternative. But as the State and its constituencies proceed with their last official acts of looting the treasury and absconding, demand for the services formerly provided by the State will generate supply, just like demand does for everything else.

What form will these successor institutions take? Perhaps they will coalesce along the tribal and credal lines of existing pre-State structures. Dissident former employees of the State will have an initial competitive advantage; Blackwater USA is a template for this. These institutions will easily provide the 'public goods' formerly monopolized by the State. They will negotiate with each other for uniform laws and sojourners' rights for their subscribers. Over time, they will evolve into hereditary institutions: neo-feudalism, and it is coming whether we are ready for it or not.

The State has previously justified its existence by maintaining the Nation's geographic redoubt. But with technological advances in travel and communication, people find it easier simply to carry their nation with them wherever they go. This is a key development in the State and Nation becoming distinct concepts in popular thought. With the evolution away from a land-based political model, the State loses a crucial justification for its existence.

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