Monday, June 27, 2005

Government as mass psychosis

Anthony Gregory'slatest piece at Strike the Root is a good one. Here's a taste:
Everything about the government is an illusion. Constitutions, flags, laws, uniforms, borders – these constructs are artificial. They may have strong cultural manifestations and incite people to behave in distinct ways toward each other, but in the end it is people, and not nations, that act. In the end, the ways they decide to act cannot be qualitatively categorized as good or bad, just or unjust, simply by virtue of being called “government.” Nothing can make the bombing of innocents anything other than murder, the forceful confiscation of wealth from those who earned it anything less than theft, the detainment of peaceful sick marijuana users anything short of kidnapping. In the end, government is a mass psychosis, and nothing more.

You can read it all by clicking here.


Blogger Vache Folle said...

I like to think of government memes as a viral infection that rides on our tendency to reify abstractions.

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