“The great non sequitur committed by defenders of the State, including classical Aristotelian and Thomist philosophers, is to leap from the necessity of society to the necessity of the State.” ~ Murray Rothbard
I have talked with vast numbers of people from what we Americans call the “left” to the “right” and almost to a man they will say that the State is a must. How else would we have roads? Where would our food come from? Who would protect us from violent men? Who would protect us from evil business companies that would take everything we have? (but I thought the evil, violent men already got it all!)
I think that the State exists to this day because men conflate “society” with “government”. I also think that this error is perpetuated by the government run educational system and that is one of the main reasons for the state run educational system. After all, if we look back at the record of mass murder, exploitation, and tyranny imposed on society by governments over the ages who would not want to try something else? It is “education”‘s main job to make sure that man sees the State as necessary and impossible to live without.
This then, my friends, this “leap from the necessity of society to the necessity of the State” is the greatest error that we must correct in our thinking before man can reach the happy state of peace and prosperity.