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Civic anarchism: I Believe in the State

Posted by Martin C. Fox on April 24, 2018

https://equityandfreedom.com/article/david-durr/i-believe-state/

The devotion with which statists implore their only saving state is often reminiscent of religious rituals of faith. When people keep saying that a world without a state is simply not possible, it almost sounds like the Catholic creed, albeit in small nuances: “I believe in the State, the holder of the monopoly on the use of force, the creator of the laws over us all, and in its government here below, its only legitimate representative, our master…”

For example, the Catholic Inquisition of the late Middle Ages, whose goal initially had been to promote the faith, but which then chose wrong methods and gradually became a violent thought-police…

That this ultimately led less to a living community of faith, but rather to a totalitarian system of rule, was realized by the church itself, who then took appropriate action. To believe means to believe and not to obey. Faith cannot be commanded and it certainly can’t be enforced. So they abandoned the Inquisition as an instrument of enforcement. The last remnants of it can still be seen today as an advisory body that promotes faith. And the worst thing that can still happen to an unbelieving church member today is excommunication, i.e. exclusion from membership of the faithful…

Basically, it doesn’t even care if anyone believes in it. What it ultimately wants is not the faith of its members, but the obedience of all. So it’s no wonder that it now digs around in the old box of the Inquisition and uses this tried and tested instrument of combining legislation, surveillance, criminal investigation, prosecution, sentence and execution of judgement all in one hand. ..

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