What is the State? A pragmatic mechanism for managing people …

If you depend on a salary, wage, or fixed income for your sustenance, you are not a part of the State. You are a part of the governed.

If you make your living based on yield derived from labor applied to your assets, but do not participate in determining the design of government, you are not a part of the State. You are a part of the governed.

If you make your living based on yield derived from labor applied to your assets and do participate in determining the design of the government, you are a part of the State.

What does the State look like? It does not hide in the shadows. It is made up of human beings, but you won’t see it on social media. Its social networks do not convene in digital spaces, although digital technology is used in trade and communications. I think, rather, that it is more down to earth than the public believes.

The State derives its power from the trade in natural and human resources. It moves capital through self-regulated exchanges. It keeps insider information regarding prices close to its vest.

It keeps a firewall between the mass public and its network of traders, merchants, and banks. Government is the mechanism it has created to maintain the firewall, including maintaining the law and order that ensures that the mass public does not interfere with trade and is available to serve as a resource to the State.

To the State, government is a necessary evil; the mechanism that translates philosophy into a narrative that informs the rules and institutions necessary for managing the mind.

I tell myself the story that one day, ten anarchists climbed a hill in part to get away from the noise their other ninety mates were making. As much as they abhorred abiding by rules, they erred on the side of the pragmatic and determined that the only way to protect their trade interests was to create a mechanism that took a narrative; use the art of politics to garner support for the narrative; promulgate action plans around the narrative; and codify the narrative into law.

The result is a mechanism made up of an executive, a legislature, and a court that enforces, makes, and interprets rules designed to manage human behavior.

Government is a matter of convenience not allegiance. Government is an instrument of the State, not the masses. As a member of the State, is the current mechanism governing optimally in your interest?

Alton Drew

9 October 2022

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