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Is The State A True Necessity?



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We people are accustomed to think that beyond the sovereignty of a state underlies some sort of God's will, and thus, the state and political institutions are indispensable but guess what? They are not, by far.

Just ask the aborigines of Australia: they survived, lived and thrived in that continent for tens of thousands of years undisturbed, until a state came along; with the British occupation they became second rate inhabitants in their own land.

Or just ask the Jews: They prospered and thus became the target of envious people for two thousand years, without any state. And then, you have the archaeological remains of Karal, the most ancient civilisation of Peru that thrived for almost fifteen centuries without any formal state institution.

So is a state a necessity for humankind? Doesn't seem so. Is it an indispensable thing that keeps us from falling into anarchy? Hardly. Is it better than - say - a tribal social organisation? Tens of thousands of years of survival prove the contrary.

Then why does states exist? Only because they are an easy solution for two kinds of people: the greedy, fast-moving types that aggregate power for themselves, and the silent majority that just doesn't care or doesn't know. And when this particular solution was put in motion it was only a matter of time until a justification of the state's deeds came along: Allegedly, sovereignty embodied in a monarch, high priest, president or leader of sorts comes directly from God.

You even have those dollar bills where it is written "In God we trust"… really? Then why, if in money matters the state and everyone else that agrees to use that money trust God, everyone runs credit rating checks these days?

The state is hardly the opposite to anarchy: See, in a tribe of hunter gatherers everyone receives a proportional part of the proceeds of the whole tribe - a communism of sorts -, but within a formal state you pay taxes and you suffer the consequences of power, be it in war, thorough economic monopolies or whatever. In fact, the state embodies more of Hell than Heaven, because sovereignty is defined as the capability to use force, kill legally, that is. Justice, ultimately, has a death penalty or the state has the ability to enforce it whenever it seems suitable; if your state has renounced the death penalty, what would preclude it from reinstating it in the future? A document? A law? Don't be naïve! If the state has power, it can do as it wants. So law is ultimately punishment, and that's what hell is all about!

If we have been created resembling God then we could say that here on Earth we would end up imitating also the formal organisation of Heaven… Now, tell me where in Heaven is a senate? A court of law? Lawyers?! Politicians?! There aren't, so all these are freaks of nature, really; great thinkers of all times have defined those characters at opportunistic drones, to say the least, from Socrates to Ortega y Gasset, and the fact that they didn't charge us anything for their deep and beautiful thoughts as compared to what a man - or woman - of the law charges you by the hour to define white as black and dead as alive should serve as testament of each one's sincerity.

Moreover: sovereignty has no real basis at all because it all comes - even the white collar explanation used today by international law experts - from Psalm 89; there God says that He has made a pact with David and in short, has given him power to rule… But that was King David and his descendants, not Mr. Bush or the ruler of Iran. They are all piggybacking on the Bible's concept.

God doesn't need freakish institutions and professional liars to run his own affairs. So, is the state really necessary? Is the state indispensable to keep together the fabric of civilisation? Only if you are part of it, but not if you are part of mankind because the dichotomy is not really the sate versus anarchy, but the state versus God. You can believe in either one of them, but not both at the same time because they are logically incompatible.




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