A State That Went Deep in the Night
The Deep State is an outgrowth of the democratic State, without which it could neither expand nor exist. In a totalitarian regime there is no distinction between the two; there is just the State as the autocratic ruler of the territory it claims as its own. As democratic states become more totalitarian the line between State and Deep State fades, as you would expect.
States have been around for so long it seems there is no other way to organize society, and therefore the best we can do is control them. For that purpose constitutions have been imposed, though it hasn’t worked because the State itself turns out to be the constitution’s enforcer, the fox that takes charge of the henhouse. Still, the myth persists that the people can hold the State to its purpose of protecting their rights.
This is a futile strategy. Natural rights are those conditions necessary for an individual’s survival. Since we need to sustain our lives through productive work, we need protection of “persons, liberties, and properties,” as Bastiat made clear. Men formed societies for this purpose, to protect what they already have by virtue of being alive, and since individuals have the right to self-defense, States cannot have any purpose other than to protect us.
But in fact they do.
There are multiple ways people can live at the expense of others, and the State can serve as the instrument for making this happen legally. How did it happen here, in the U.S.? Check out the following: Shays’s Rebellion: The American Revolution’s Final Battle, Hamilton’s Curse, The Real Lincoln, The Triumph of Conservatism, The Creature from Jekyll Island, War is a Racket, End the Fed, and my own The Flight of the Barbarous Relic. That’s a lot of reading but if we want a better world we need to engage in “hard thinking and scholarship,” as Rothbard advised.
These works, though, while brilliant for illuminating State treachery, don’t question the legitimacy of the State itself. One supposes that if presidents such as Lincoln and Wilson got the country into unjust wars that wrecked economies while killing hundreds of thousands of people, then it’s up to us to elect better people or encode better laws. If central banking is a counterfeiting racket that funds unjust wars while making a few rich then we need to rally support to repeal the Federal Reserve Act.
As both approaches seek to limit state power, I doubt they will work. Through control of media and education, not only has the State escaped culpability for these initiatives but is widely seen as the champion of our well-being in times of crisis. Thus, wars were fought to keep us free, the Fed exists to “promote the health of the U.S. economy and the stability of the U.S. financial system.”
The authors of the foregoing works, in other words, don’t call for replacing the government str
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