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The State is a
Church for Capitalism

By Punkerslut

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Start Date: August 12, 2009
Finish Date: August 12, 2009

"The State is not society; it is only one of its historical forms, as brutal as it is abstract in character. Historically, it arose in all countries out of the marriage of violence, rapine, and pillage - in a word, of war and conquest - with the Gods created in succession by the theological fancies of the nations. From its very beginning it has been - and still remains - the divine sanction of brutal force and triumphant iniquity. Even in the most democratic countries, like the United States of America and Switzerland, the state is simply the consecration of the privileges of some minority and the actual enslavement of the vast majority."
          --Mikhail Bakunin, ~1870's
          "The Immorality of the State"

     The state is nothing more than the priest of Capitalism. What was it that the priest did in the Middle Ages? He gave speeches and sermons about the absolute rightness of his ways -- and, this necessarily meant defending the Aristocracy and the noblemen.

     It meant defending a system where you were born into wealth or poverty. You were either born to be an exploiter, or born to be exploited. In his speaking, the priest would call this system god's work; that tyranny was specifically ordered by the lord to fulfill some purpose that his followers could never understand.

     For his cooperation, the priest is awarded a life away from toil, in splendor and wealth -- or, at least, it was in the days when churches taxed the people and not governments. For subduing the people, the priest is compensated. There is mutual reciprocity among the rulers and masters, but never enough among the common people.

"Everyone knows that there is one law for the rich and another for the poor."
          --George Orwell, 1941
          "The Lion and the Unicorn: Socialism and the English Genius," Part I, Section II

     And what is it that the state does today? It fulfills the same exact role to Capitalism as the priest in the middle ages. It passes laws, makes decrees, and forms institutions; food inspection laws to libraries, environmental regulation to police enforcement. It polls the people, listens to their grievances, and establishes courts to uphold the laws.

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     In one way or another, it allows the people a method to change and reform their government. Even in dictatorships and monarchies, where the people are always oppressed, there are still opportunities for changing the social order. So the state fulfills this role: it pacifies the people. It is a church for their worries about poverty and their concerns about employment -- for their pleas about their hungry, uneducated, and neglected families.

"What is most necessary, and perhaps most difficult, in government, is rigid integrity in doing strict justice to all, and above all in protecting the poor against the tyranny of the rich. The greatest evil has already come about, when there are poor men to be defended, and rich men to be restrained."
          --Jean Jacques Rousseau, 1755
          "A Discourse on Political Economy"

     What is it that the state does on behalf of Capitalism? It provides everything to convince the people that their interests are being considered. It provides them with a ballot or a monarch that listen. There are government departments of education, labor, environment, and economy. Even in the face of the starvation of millions, the armies of unemployed, or the terrible wars in every corner of the world -- the government is here to let you know that things are all right.

     Suppose you don't like how your neighborhood watch program is operating. You have the right submit your grievance to the town councilman, the mayor, the governor, the senator, the representative, and the president, or even the courts. Everywhere, the government wants you to know that it is there for you -- to listen, to calm, to quiet all worries. Or, better put, to subdue and diminish the will of the people to change the social system.

     In every way, the state helps the Capitalist. From annexing lands in war, weapons contracts, breaking unions, forced labor camps, to supporting foreign dictators -- the state has done everything it can for Capitalism to flourish. And just like the priest serving the landed noblemen, the state receives plenty of benefit from serving the landlord and capitalist. It receives its taxes, its vast bribes, and everything that a politician could personally desire.

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"Therefore I must say that, as I hope for mercy, I can have no other notion of all the other governments that I see or know, than that they are a conspiracy of the rich, who on pretence of managing the public only pursue their private ends, and devise all the ways and arts they can find out; first, that they may, without danger, preserve all that they have so ill acquired, and then that they may engage the poor to toil and labor for them at as low rates as possible, and oppress them as much as they please."
          --Thomas More, 1516
          "Utopia," Book 2, Section: Of the Religions of the Utopians


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