Why We Reject the State

Why We Reject the State

by the Tasmanian National-Anarchists

Nearly everyone criticises the state these days, but few question its right to exist. Western-style nation states have become the norm all over the world, and are rarely questioned in principle – even by those who question Western values.

But why has ‘nation’ (originally signifying a tribe or kinship-based society) come to be seen as synonymous with ‘state’? And on what basis do we owe allegiance to the modern state, which can no longer even be called a nation, being internationalist in outlook?

The modern state doesn’t represent a nation anymore, so what DOES it represent? From where does it derive its authority? From a contract? If so, then who consented to it???

Our ultimate view on the state must depend on whether it serves the interests of our people. Othmar Spann said “the role of the state is to protect and not to destroy the roots of society.” (By roots, he meant folkways or traditions)

The state’s only value lies in this transmission of inheritance. But when it has ceased to perform this task (and we can no longer make it do so), then it’s time for the state to go.

The state is not an end in itself, it is only a means to an end. The end, as expressed by Michael Walker, is “the preservation and advancement of a community.”

The modern state no longer advances or preserves. In fact, it has become actively harmful to us. Therefore, it must go.

The state no longer has any initiative of its own, it dances mainly to the tune of multinational corporations and bankers. It concerns itself with economics, not politics in the true sense of the word. Elections have less and less significance, as the policies of the major parties come increasingly to resemble one another.

Rousseau noted that “democracy is best suited to the small state, aristocracy to the medium, and monarchy to larger states.” What, then, would be suited to the ‘world state’ which the elites are pushing for? Such a state could only be controlled by outright tyranny…

For that and other reasons, National-Anarchists view the idea of a ‘world state’ as abhorrent.

What are the alternatives?

Some have proposed either total rejection of the state (libertarianism), or the opposite – raising the state itself to a level of absolute political authority (something akin to fascism).

Are these the only alternatives, though? Libertarianism and the nanny state have both proved to be failures in practice, after all.

National-Anarchists propose that the COMMUNITY, not the ‘state’, once again becomes maker and arbitrator of its own laws.

Let us conclude with the words of Professor J.R.R. Tolkien:

“My political opinions lean more and more to Anarchy (philosophically understood, meaning abolition of control not whiskered men with bombs) […] Government is an abstract noun meaning the art and process of governing and it should be an offence to write it with a capital G or so as to refer to people […] The most improper job of any man, even saints, is bossing other men. Not one in a million is fit for it, and least of all those who seek the opportunity…”

Yet those are the very men (and women) who now govern us…to the detriment of life itself.


4 Responses to “Why We Reject the State”

  1. 1 Astuanax
    August 13, 2009 at 7:51 am

    “Libertarianism and the nanny state have both proved to be failures in practice, after all.”

    Can you give any prof that libertarianism is proven to be a failure in practice?

  2. 2 tasna
    August 13, 2009 at 8:31 am

    Thatcher’s Britain, Reaganomics…

  3. 3 Astuanax
    August 15, 2009 at 10:49 am

    that’s not libertarianism at all, that’s neoliberalism

  4. August 16, 2009 at 3:33 am

    In that case, can you please describe your vision of libertarianism and how it would work in practice? How would it differ from neoliberalism in its lack of social cohesion? And how would it deal with non-quantifiable realities like ethnic identity and tribal separatism? We are interested to know.

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