Mon, Oct 15 2007 10:11 AM
The State Is
The State is not an end, the State is a means.
The State is not police or courts, it is not law. You can hire security, or pay for arbitration. You can be obligated to fulfill a contract. Yet the State is capable of much more, it is used to educate, build roads, provide health care, deliver mail, design cars, and raise children.
The State is not defined by what it produces, it is not a service, it is method of production.
It is the method of taking. It is both immoral and impractical, no matter what service is being provided. The State is the administrator of taxation. It can not be reformed, whether it is the king or the People who are taking, makes no difference. It is the method itself that is defective, not the administrator.
The only alternative to the State is freedom, where production occurs because of consent. This is the method of ownership, contracts, and trade.