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Thursday, March 30, 2006 

State of War

Why is the State allowed to consistently justify war on moral grounds and how does it happen? Aside from the simple "Because it can" answer, perhaps we can clear some of that up with the following:

First we must ask the obvious, "what is a state?" A state is nothing more than a monopoly of force over a territory by a very small portion of the inhabitants of that territory. Ensuring it maintains a monopoly of force is it's primary function. The second aspect of a State is it's ability to tax those within it's territory for it's services - health care, protection, social sercurity, parks and roads, whatever.

There is a key point to be remembered in regard to the State and these "services": the State does not produce anything. Instead of producing something on its own in order to generate the money it needs, the State acts like a parasite on newly generated and existing wealth. The rate at which a State draws from the wealth within it's territory is a factor in how well the State can expand (i.e. taking over states or territories which tend to have high taxation and few foreign policy entanglements). The liberal super state has a low tax rate, comparatively, allowing it to naturally grow faster than lesser states.

A note should be made that the State is not a natural form of societal structure, rather, it is a highly lucrative opportunity for a very tiny segment of a peoples within a territory to gain everything they desire and provide nothing in return. States do not produce anything. What they offer are services which can be gotten elsewhere at a much better value, except that it is not the State's best interest to allow competition. It thrives on the monopoly it holds over the territory. The services it provides are offered at gun point. "Pay taxes or we'll shoot you", is the State's way of dealing with those in its territory. Just extrapolate it to the end. If you refuse to pay taxes, lose every appeal you file in a court of law, and resist the police to the fullest when they attempt to arrest you, you'll be shot. Thus, there is no incentive for the State to provide the best possible services. Why should it? It takes the money it requires, and then some, by the way of a gun in your face. There is no threat of the State losing business.

It is in the State's best interest to have as many monetary hosts to draw from as possible, which allows it to achieve massive resource advantages over the high tax rate, isolationist states (for example, Iraq). Therefore, the lower the tax rate, the larger the State can become. This is key in how states like the U.S. can invade Iraq so easily in terms of having an abundance of resources available.

How, then, does a State legitimize war, and other such actions, amongst it's own people and peoples of other states/semi-states? By creating circumstances which make a stateless society appear wholly untenable - inciting riots and looting; a chaotic scene in general. This gives the individuals of a territory the impression that without a State private property is up for grabs to anyone willing and able to take hold of it. And then the vast majority of those with property side with the State because the State promises that it can protect them from such a thing happening. This is the building block for all states either starting anew or simply expanding a territory. (The U.S. currently has around 1,000 military bases in over 50 countries around the globe - proof of its efficiency at expansion.)

The type of State mentioned above necessarily has to grow. It needs an ever increasing amount of money to keep those who provide nothing with pockets lined in gold. And, as we know all too well, war is the one way that a State can be allowed to spend stolen dollars as irrationaly, and immorally, as possible. The cycle never ends. There will always be another war because an unworthy someone has pockets that perpetually lack that golden hue.

We should be aware of the fact that the well will eventually dry up for the State. As history attests, no empire or State functions infinitely. This tangled web of coercion will eventually fade out on its own after its looted and plundered all that it possibly can. In today's geopolitical climate, however, there always exists a possibility of that process being expedited. The only way to ensure a free market society when the State finally succumbs to its on violent ways, is to make sure people are educated to the immoral ways of the State. Nothing else will give us the freedom we deserve.

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