Browse by Tags

25 September 2009
Society Versus State in Seven Epochs
I perceive political history as Murray Rothbard and Albert Jay Nock perceived it: as a struggle between free society and the state. 1 I do not pretend to be an impartial observer of that struggle. As an amateur historian I aim to be what Lord Acton called a "hanging judge", freely condemning... Read More...
Filed under:
03 September 2009
On State Propagandists
One sub-set of the mandarin is the state propagandist. The earliest surviving instance of state propaganda also happens to be the earliest well-documented piece of history: the inscribed cylinders which document the border struggles between the rival Sumerian city-states Lagash and Umma between ca. 2450... Read More...
02 September 2009
The Throne/Altar Principle
The Throne/Altar Principle is a sub-set of the Magistrate/Mandarin Principle. The latter principle states: The state is a maleficent symbiosis of enslaving brigands (magistrates) and corrupt intellectuals (mandarins). Throughout history magistrates have used mandarins to manufacture consent (through... Read More...
01 September 2009
The 19th-Century Bernanke: Featured on
My article The 19th-Century Bernanke (originally posted here ) is featured today on the Ludwig von Mises Institute web site. Here are the links for... the article comments MP3 audio file (read by Floy Lilley) I hope you will enjoy reading or listening to it. Here's an excerpt Like Ben Bernanke today... Read More...
30 August 2009
The God's Proxy Principle
States throughout history have covered their criminal acts with a veneer of false legitimacy by claiming to be divine agents. The earliest recorded incident of this is in perhaps the "war of nerves" conducted by Enmerkar, ruler of the Sumerian city-state of Erech (Uruk), against Aratta, an... Read More...
29 August 2009
The Magistrate/Mandarin Principle
This is the first of a series of posts called "Principles of Man". I will continually return to each post in this series adding more evidence for its importance from history. The state is a maleficent symbiosis of enslaving brigands (magistrates) and corrupt intellectuals (mandarins). Throughout... Read More...
20 June 2009
Vain Intellectuals and Wise Workers
All professions have a tendency toward self-importance. So it should be no surprise that historians have a distinct bias towards eras in which their own forerunners (ancient chroniclers and historians) were existent and employed. Thus, societies without chroniclers are termed “dark ages”... Read More...
Filed under:
20 June 2009
Cradle of the State
The state was likely born out of a cult. The former would not have been supportable with the latter. Further, it is unlikely that the latter would last long without evolving into the former. Thus it is reasonable to believe that both would have originated in the same place. In my post “Between... Read More...
20 June 2009
The Racket and the Cult
As I argued in my post The Sword and the Lie , the state is a symbiosis of violent criminals (the sword) and propagandizing intellectuals (the lie). The sword needs the lie. Rulers always outnumber the ruled, so a reign predicated on bald criminality (like a protection racket) would shortly be overthrown... Read More...
20 June 2009
Between the Rivers, Before the State
It has been argued that man has only risen from the depths of squalor upon becoming “civilized”, that is, upon coalescing into a civitas, or state. Thus mainstream history textbooks include the origination of government as a crucial step in the “march of progress.”Great prosperity... Read More...
Filed under:
20 June 2009
History of Violence
Why is it that when we study history, so much of it is recounting a succession of rulers and wars: that is, political history? As a liberal, I believe the state is predominantly an agent of violence. And wars are obviously violent. So looked at that way, the common conception of history seems to be a... Read More...
Filed under: ,
07 June 2009
History in the Theogony
This post is one in a series on the History of Epistemological Thought . Previously in this series: The Cosmology of Hesiod . The anthropomorphic aspects of Hesiod's cosmology are interesting in their own right as possible mythological tellings of actual events. (Herodotus and Plutarch took several... Read More...
Filed under: ,