Why We Should Not Underestimate the State

799px-Police_State_Pittsburgh_G20Many of my friends think of the state as stupid, and therefore an easy foe for determined dissidents to defeat. I have a different view.

For one thing, the state has always had ready resort to those with cutting-edge expertise in the private sector, from the days when it hired Eli Whitney to manufacture muskets with interchangeable parts to our own time, when it hires Oracle, Microsoft, and a host of other high-tech companies to help it spy on us. History has shown that no task is so revolting and criminal that the state cannot attract private contractors to carry it out.

Moreover, even if the private-sector geniuses refuse to sign up, the state can, whenever push comes to shove, simply send its goons to smash your door and haul you off to one of its dungeons. Such actions, especially if taken on a wide scale, have a marvelously educational effect on dissidents and would-be dissidents.

Because the state has the capacity to raise enormous amounts of money and to bamboozle the great mass of the public, it can employ these two tactics — outsourcing of operations and use of raw force — pretty much as it finds optimal. It is a mistake to underestimate the state simply because its visible face consists of seemingly idiotic politicians.

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  1. The state mitigates its “stupidity” with massive resources and sycophant allies. It provides millions of dollars in grants (at taxpayer expense) to hundreds of NGOs that support radical statism and extremism. Many of these NGOs then use the grants to sue the state in order to get court orders to further their radical agendas. These suits are not adversarial, but involve sympathetic parties. The everlasting aim of the bureaucracy is to increase their power and ranks. To “control the people” is their rallying cry and fundamental objective. The state is an insidious and morally corrupt enterprise which is aligned against the principles of liberty, free peoples and their property. The Founders were correct in their admonition not to trust government or those who wield power over us.

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