Monday, February 22, 2010

What If?

"The state has expanded its powers by encouraging the rest of us to divide off from one another into conflicting groups (e.g., competing racial, ethnic, gender, religious, economic, etc., categories). What if we were to rediscover what our distant ancestors knew, namely, that what we have in common is a need for our protection as individuals? What if each of us began thinking of wars, taxation, torture, eminent domain, etc., as attacks by the state upon each of us? What if I understood that your being conscripted also enslaved me; and that I would be prepared to stand by you in peaceful opposition?"

- Butler Schaffer

1 comment:

  1. Divide and conquer is a long standing strategy used by hegemonic, Machiavellian leaders.