Wednesday 17 August 2011

Stanley on Paul

War excused the growth of the state: taxes were created to pay for arms, welfare to buy the consent of the public, prison for the dissenters.

What began as a temporary measure to expand the American empire evolved into a monolithic central state. Patterns of traditional living – small, simple, charitable – were absorbed or destroyed by the new “progressive” bureaucracy. Ergo the state, fuelled by war, became the motor of social decay.

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