Anatomy of the StateSubmitted by dducks on Sun, 11/11/2012 - 14:16
Have y'all read Rothbard's Anatomy of the State? It's absolutely brilliant.
Free Audio version:
Right now, my favorite and most memorable excerpt is:
The State has never been created by a “social contract”; it has
always been born in conquest and exploitation.
The classic paradigm was a conquering tribe pausing
in its time-honored method of looting and murdering
a conquered tribe, to realize that the timespan
of plunder would be longer and more secure,
and the situation more pleasant, if the conquered
tribe were allowed to live and produce, with the
conquerors settling among them as rulers exacting
a steady annual tribute. of a State may be illustrated as follows: in the hills
of southern “Ruritania,” a bandit group manages to
obtain physical control over the territory, and finally
the bandit chieftain proclaims himself “King of the
sovereign and independent government of South
Ruritania”; and, if he and his men have the force to
maintain this rule for a while, lo and behold! a new
State has joined the “family of nations,” and the former
bandit leaders have been transformed into the
lawful nobility of the realm.
Did the government of the US originate differently or was it just a slightly different plan with the same intention?