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125,995. We are experiencing the most dangerous revolution in world history: the revolution of the State against man. We are experiencing the worst idolatry of all time: the deification of the state. (State & Globalism) Richard N Coudenhove-Kalergi, The Totalitarian State Against Man
123,813. The State is a condition, a certain relationship between human beings, a mode of behaviour; we destroy it by contracting other relationships, by behaving different toward one another. (Corporation & State) Gustav Landauer, cited Capitalism is the Crisis: Radical Politics in the Age of Austerity, 2011
91,003. By union the smallest states thrive. By discord the greatest are destroyed. Sallust
467. The adulterous connection between church and state. (Religion & State) Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason
122,405. The measure of the state’s success is that the word anarchy frightens people, while the word state does not. (Anarchism & State) Joseph Sobran
664. Never allow any innovation in religion, because the peace of the state depends on it. (Religion & State) Gaeus Cilnius Maecenas, attributed
5,370. A State which dwarfs its men, in order that they may be more docile instruments in its hands even for beneficial purposes, will find that with small men no great thing can really be accomplished. (Civil Liberties & State) John Stuart Mill, On Liberty
89,715. The worth of a State, in the long run, is the worth of the individuals composing it; and a State which postpones the interests of their mental expansion and elevation, to a little more of administrative skill, or of that semblance of it which practice gives, in the details of business; a State which dwarfs its men, in order that they may be more docile instruments in its hands even for beneficial purposes – will find that with small men no great thing can really be accomplished; and that the perfection of machinery to which it has sacrificed everything, will in the end avail it nothing, for want of the vital power which, in order that the machine might work more smoothly, it has preferred to banish. ibid.
5,553. The state can’t give you freedom, and the state can’t take it away. You’re born with it, like your eyes, like your ears. Freedom is something you assume, then you wait for someone to try to take it away. The degree to which you resist is the degree to which you are free. (Freedom & State & Protest & Struggle & Dissent) Utah Phillips
6,120. The real determinant of society is hidden behind the state and the economy: it is the way in which our everyday activity is organised, the subordination of our doing to the dictates of abstract labour, that is, of value, money, profit. It is this abstraction which is, after all, the very existence of the state. If we want to change society, we must stop the subordination of our activity to abstract labour, do something else. (Society & Capitalism & State & Labour) John Holloway, Crack Capitalism
12,713. Christianity must also be overthrown because it is based on Jewish sources; the rule of Christ must come to an end, because only the rule of force is right. In the world order of the Axis powers, the individual has no rights; he has no freedom in so far as he serves the state. (Christianity & New World Order & Freedom & State) Alice Bailey, The Externalisation of the Hierarchy
32,192. The state is nothing but an instrument of oppression of one class by another – no less so in a democratic republic than in a monarchy. (Monarchy & Democracy & State) Friedrich Engels
89,713. The first act by virtue of which the State really constitutes itself the representative of the whole of society – the taking possession of the means of production in the name of society – this is, at the same time, its last independent act as a State. State interference in social relations becomes, in one domain after another, superfluous, and then dies out of itself; the government of persons is replaced by the administration of things, and by the conduct of processes of production. The State is not ‘abolished’. It dies out. (State & Civil Service & Society) Friedrich Engels, Socialism, Utopian and Scientific
120,669. The paradox of our time is that humanity is becoming simultaneously more unified and more fragmented. That is the principal thrust of contemporary change. (Technology & Information & Neo-Conservatives & Nation & State & Society & Elite & Globalisation & Change) Zbigniew Brzezinski, Between Two Ages: America’s Role in the Technetronic Era ch1
120,670. In our time the routinization of conflict has also meant a shift from sustained warfare to sporadic outbreaks of violence. (Technology & Information & Neo-Conservatives & Nation & State & Society & Elite & Globalisation & Change) ibid.
120,671. The impact of science and technology on man and his society, especially in the more advanced countries of the world, is becoming the major source of contemporary change. (Technology & Information & Neo-Conservatives & Nation & State & Society & Elite & Globalisation & Change) ibid.
120,672. But while our immediate reality is being fragmented, global reality increasingly absorbs the individual, involves him, and even occasionally overwhelms him. (Technology & Information & Neo-Conservatives & Nation & State & Society & Elite & Globalisation & Change) ibid.
120,673. The United States: A major disruptive influence on the world scene … No other society so massively disseminates its own way of life and values. (Technology & Information & Neo-Conservatives & Nation & State & Society & Elite & Globalisation & Change) ibid.
120,675. Marxism, born of the social upheaval produced by the combined effects of the industrial and nationalist revolutions provided a unique intellectual tool for understanding and harnessing the fundamental forces of our time. (Technology & Information & Neo-Conservatives & Nation & State & Society & Elite & Globalisation & Change & Marxism) ibid. ch3
120,678. America’s relationship with the world must reflect American domestic values and preoccupations. (Technology & Information & Neo-Conservatives & Nation & State & Society & Elite & Globalisation & Change & US Foreign Relations) ibid. ch5
68,442. The capacity to assert social and political control over the individual will vastly increase. It will soon be possible to assert almost continuous control over every citizen and to maintain up-to-date files, containing even the most personal details about health and personal behavior of every citizen in addition to the more customary data.
These files will be subject to instantaneous retrieval by the authorities. Power will gravitate into the hands of those who control information. Our existing institutions will be supplanted by pre-crisis management institutions, the task of which will be to identify in advance likely social crises and to develop programs to cope with them.
This will encourage tendencies through the next several decades toward a technetronic era, a dictatorship, leaving even less room for political procedures as we know them. Finally, looking ahead to the end of the century, the possibility of biochemical mind control and genetic tinkering with man, including beings which will function like men and reason with them as well, could give rise to some difficult questions. (Technology & Information & Neo-Conservatives & Nation & State & Society & Elite & Globalisation & Change & Control & Big Brother & Fascism & Institution & Dictatorship & Surveillance) ibid.
68,443. Society dominated by an elite whose claim to political power would rest on allegedly superior scientific know-how. Unhindered by the restraints of traditional liberal values, this elite would not hesitate to achieve its political ends by using the latest modern techniques for influencing public behavior and keeping society under close surveillance and control. (Technology & Information & Neo-Conservatives & Nation & State & Society & Elite & Globalisation & Change & Control & Big Brother & Fascism & Institution & Dictatorship & Surveillance) ibid.
36,088. Nation state as a fundamental unit of man’s organized life has ceased to be the principal creative force: International banks and multinational corporations are acting and planning in terms that are far in advance of the political concepts of the nation-state. (Technology & Information & Neo-Conservatives & Nation & State & Society & Elite & Globalisation & Change & Control & Big Brother & Fascism & New World Order & Banksters & Corporations) ibid.
36,089. The technetronic era involves the gradual appearance of a more controlled society. Such a society would be dominated by an elite, unrestrained by traditional values ... Soon it will be possible to assert almost continuous surveillance over every citizen and maintain up to date complete files contained even the most personal information about the citizen. (Technology & Information & Neo-Conservatives & Nation & State & Society & Elite & Globalisation & Change & Control & Big Brother & Fascism & New World Order & Surveillance) ibid.
36,577. Hegel says that the individual should be 100% obedient to the state. And the state should take on the image of God. Now, in the Hegelian system the state is all-powerful. So we should ask ourselves, what is the State? Well, the state is the Elite. The state is the royal aristocratic hierarchy who are able to manoeuvre and live their life in any way they choose because they are super-wealthy. (Elite & State) Chris Everard, Illuminati I
49,470. All modern revolutions have ended in a reinforcement of the State. (Revolution & State) Albert Camus
50,074. I’m completely in favor of the separation of Church and State. My idea is that these two institutions screw us enough on their own, so both of them together is certain death. (Church & State) George Carlin
58,889. It is necessary for him who lays out a state and arranges laws for it to presuppose that all men are evil and that they are always going to act according to the wickedness of their spirits whenever they have free scope. (Wicked & Evil & Sate) Niccolo Machiavelli
89,709. The main foundations of every state, new states as well as ancient or composite ones, are good laws and good arms – you cannot have good laws without good arms, and where there are good arms, good laws inevitably follow. (State & Law & Arms) Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince
89,683. The State is a relation of men dominating men, a relation supported by means of legitimate (i.e. considered to be legitimate) violence. (State & Violence) Max Weber