The Fluid Morality of Statism
For anyone who has been forced to justify their beliefs when it comes to individual liberty, we are often placed onto the back foot in the defence of the imaginary. The what if? Emerges as an ideological assault that somehow is expected to prove the supremacy of the status quo and to reveal the failure of liberty. Yet, when the basic concepts of statism is questioned very seldom do we find a satisfactory validation outside of the greater good or fears of human evils needing to be regulated by angels. The argumentation for most ideologies, especially the governmentcentric, is a sense of morality. It is the belief in moral supremacy that legitimises the ideals. The understanding of morality differs according to ideology and the importance of certain aspects tends to vary. Socialism boasting an egalitarian moral justice while certain conservative sects value a spiritual fixation as examples of different priorities while also addressing material and immaterial focuses that permeate.
Most human beings understand that murder, theft and rape are wrong. Yet, we are told under certain contexts it can be legitimate. Bad things happen in war, it is said for example. As though it is a given that innocent human beings should be killed or that war itself is inevitable and is rarely above reproach. Often the enemy belligerent is defined by a lack of moral principles or heir willingness to do great harm with malice and indifference. Though in the defeat of such an enemy, similar traits are embraced. In a domestic setting, when a group has been deemed pariah the public is likely to get behind their government when it comes to extra-judicial killings. This may be based on the race or religion of the individuals, and soon perhaps their gender. The 1993 mass murder of the Branch Davidian members in Waco, Texas is an example of human beings, children included, depicted as pariah and thus murder-able. So long as the government decides it is righteous in doing so and the murdered are viewed as dangerous cultists.
With regular intervals the validity of allied bombings of civilian targets in World War Two arises, the justification delves into the madness of collectivism. Every person in a geographical region or of a particular race or national identity are determined legitimate targets based on the enemy factions ownership of such a demographic. A Japanese baby can be murdered because of an attack on a US colony years before it was born, is acceptable from a certain collectivist and statist mind point. The madness that occurs when statism takes on a moralist crusade, especially in the time of war will at times celebrate the intentional targeting of children. Many of those who use children as a vantage point to protect from particular influences or ‘evils’ will also rationalise that other peoples kids are fair game to be starved and slaughtered so long as it satisfies national ambition or even the honour of the state.
The crimes of the Japanese or German governments are raised, and used to condemn all Japanese or Germans from a specific period in time. Yet, the US mass bombings of Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos lack the same reason to inflict mass death, though such bombings are omitted or supported by the advocates of nationalism and variants of statism. War allows murder to occur, even if no declaration of war was made and none of the places bombed were aggressors against the US itself. The moral conviction to murder, all or many remains nonetheless. The vigour for a moral crusade, to kill and conquer, is the singular ambition, it’s in the struggle or the fight that most statist ideologies find their value.
In the case of theft, it is widely accepted and for some welcomed when money is pilfered at every level, so long as it is given a name like tax, tariff or levy. Such theft is taken by government, under threat of violence, at a local, state and federal level. Should someone work harder, they are punished by having more of their earning stolen. Should one save, improve an item or even die, they are also taxed. Government has also required licensing and registration that adds an added tax at many levels, individuals are forced to constantly pay for the right to own items or to perform tasks. Individuals face confiscation or even having their homes raided if items are determined contraband and it is considered to be perfectly fine by a wider community.
When the National Socialist government in Germany first started to relocate their Jewish population, individuals were told that they could only take fifty kilograms worth of personal effects with them. It was common for the German Red Cross to then confiscate these items to be redistributed among the German populace or for local officials to take for themselves. Once the government had declared a group of individuals to be pariah, their property is fair game. The Japanese citizens in the United States during World War Two experienced similar treatment when the government made them illegal human beings. Theft, abuse, kidnap and in more extreme cases, murder and torture become valid acts so long as a government invents laws. Individuals who otherwise would be less inclined to do such things feel a validation and even motivation to commit evil. Government has never been ruled by angels, only human beings with their magical pen strokes that enables and legalises the most evil of the human character to reveal itself.
While many claim to condemn rape, it remains a dark spectre in most cultures where it occurs often with little regard to the victims. The war on drugs has added an extra element when it comes to the assault on the individual. Because the possession of certain matter is considered so severe, government agents are able under context to search an individuals body, including inside of them with intrusive disregard to their dignity. It is with little compassion that individuals are forced to endure intrusions on their person because it’s supposedly understood that drugs are bad. That if individuals are under the influence of drugs they may become murderers, thieves, violent or rapists. Yet, the war on drugs has allowed murder, theft, violence and rape to occur so long as it is fought in the name of waging the war against drugs.
The emergence of the health state is revealing the sinister nature of experts and professionals who believe that other peoples bodies belong to them. The super status of public health has created dependency and the removal of alternative medicine-health while waging a war on individual rights. The belief that a single approach is required to most, if not all health concerns and crisis’ is going to have far more devastating effects over time. The altruistic nature of public health cultures is that everyone should have access to medicine and care, as noble as this sounds as an ideological decree it fails in practice. It has shown to be less efficient and turns not only into a bloated monopoly but a dangerous one that lacks the accountability of market competition, alternative opinions, scientific scrutiny or choice. The great moralists declare that health should not be for profit, while experts, medical practitioners and bureaucrats profit from the monopoly that becomes more about them, and less the individuals in their care.
The public health culture that is infecting most nations has ensured that more people can not imagine an alternative to the medical state which they live in. The US system which appears more fascist is often cited as an example for the failures of the free market in medicine. Though it is not a free market. Those who do live in a public health state, understand that it may seemingly have some initial perks until you encounter the many flaws or are very sick. Then you run the risk of being at the mercy of funding based economics and the rationalisation of centrally planned hubris. Philanthropic or charitable execution of medicine is either deterred or made illegal. Your body is at the mercy of the State and it will determine what you can and can not do with it. If the government can decide what you are not allowed to do with or put into your body, it soon determines what you have to do or put into your body.
The moral argument that health and medicine is a human right, crumbles beneath the monolith of incompetence, bureaucracy and central planning. It becomes an entity upon itself that seeks a mandated consensus, which mitigates the practice of medicine or science itself. The morality soon becomes the perpetuation of the health state and ensuring that it retains its singular importance, widespread dependence and a lack of true accountability or options. As it is said, doctors bury their mistakes. A health state only reforms and ensures it remains, regardless.
The ultimate example of the fluid nature of statism is the widespread mercenary cynicism that exists within its apparatus. Many of the doers in government are not there because of a sense of ideological belief, rather they are there for perks and benefits. The doers are often individuals who have no or little faith in policy or any confidence in what they are doing, it’s a job. It pays well, with a pension and in some departments offers status. The incentive is money. Even those who espouse socialist diatribe usually are motivated by money and the benefits found inside of government. Whatever great proclamations are made, very rarely are true believers found and seldom are there those who make humble sacrifices themselves for the greater good, it is for others to suffer.
Statism tends to reward those employed within it. It’s meritocracy is a strange status that invites politically motivated individuals and those who will climb at the expense of others. For all the criticisms of the corporate world and capitalist greed, statism draws the most greedy to it. It rewards a specific kind of motivation, whether it is those with a lust for funding or others with a compulsion for power. It provides the sociopath a platform to become a great celebrity or historically adored. Those who do exercise a sense of moral concern are usually punished. They do not ascend or they are forced to become whistle blowers with an ugly implication attached to such a status. The true believers tend to suffer burn out or become crushed by ‘the system’.
Government is made up of human beings, the ideology of statism is powered by belief. No matter how righteous the moral inclinations are of those planning and doing, it requires coercion. Violence and money are the motivators, the paid will inflict violence on those governed. If anything statism is abusive paternalism, a religion, a leviathan it is anything but moral, yet its doers will murder, rape and steal under the name of morality or simply, because it’s a job.