(image by Amy Casey)
The state can be understood as an entity of governance whose mission is to make citizens out of human beings. Put briefly, citizens are inhabitants of a defined space. We are really citizens of Earth spinning through the heavens in the middle of the no where. Bounded by our universal freedom and not by the physical maps of modern nations. Star children born in these spaces live only in exploration, imbued with untamed curiosity. To make a citizen of state, discovery has to be replaced with domestication. The children of society have been domesticated in the best interest of preserving the institutions of state. To do this a charter is set up to perpetuate control over land and their subjects. In exchange for state protection, humans in these jurisdiction’s are conditioned and forced to settle for certain privileges. We surrender our liberty for a basket of cultural goods, enslaved in duties and state service.
The very first pristine states were represented by a collection of elder wise men a gerontocracy, which more or less cared for their people. Driven to manage and control their expanding territorial perimeters, the first states were forced to centralize power. Decision making was left to a very qualified few on the top. The success of centralization has deep roots in theocracy. With God himself as the recognized head of state, the ruling clergymen can manipulate people into submission. For thousands of years we have been granting authority to the church with its acquired paternalistic powers and God like will.
State less societies like the hunter-gatherers allowed more liberty to the individual. With its assortment of seasonal fruits, nuts and grasses, growth and output was left to Mother Nature. In this foraging system the universal plan sort’s itself out. Human’s gathered and organize to collect the offerings of the land. North-American Eskimo hunter-gatherers sit in a circle of 30-40 people, with no particular authority structure. They talk to each other directly without an agenda. After these meetings every member of the group knows exactly what to do. The success of the hunter-gatherer system is based on clan member contributions. In these small societies manipulation and deceit among its constituents is never a possibility. Reciprocal balance with each other and nature is at the core of this system. 190 thousand years afterwards, the Neolithic Revolution confined small and mobile groups into sedentary societies of villages and towns. With the introduction of specialized food-crop cultivation the human environment changed radically. Food-crop cultivation became possible because of innovation in irrigation, labor diversification and merchant trade for surplus.
This revolution is what we know as agriculture. In agriculture human beings domesticated the land controlling its output and production. This gave way to ownership, land rights and chiefdom's. The leaders of the first agribusiness were charismatic, intelligent, and despotic individuals who enforced authority over the rest of the community in their small circumscriptions.
Chiefdoms expanded their territories and created the first city states. The first city states had jurisprudence over all land and its production within a full day’s journey by horse. Specialized bureaucrats occupied the positions of control within the city state. With the territorial expansion of states grew also a giant hierarchy of administrative offices occupied by full-time specialists. Through history this bureaucratic system has set the course for humanity and imposed their hierarchical institutions of knowledge. Be it monarchy, tyranny or democracy, the state provides a grid that can accommodate any ideology. The first state represented a culture of patriarchs that created laws to defend territorial interests. The defense of land and family is at the root of special interests, a pervasive virus that has infected and corrupted the governing hubs of humanity throughout the blood-lines of statehood. This idea of power over others lends itself for deception and abuse as individuals inside ruling elites loose there integrity and become corruptible by the illusion of control. The enforcement of control has corroded the moral integrity of state for millennia with intrigue, conspiracy and autocracy in the self interest of preserving the status quo. History is full of abuse of power, directed from top down commanders that use state terror to control. With little to no concern for the rest of the population, deception is used as an assault on our intrinsic freedom and inalienable rights. Part of the deception of state is that it feeds people the necessity of an authority to make determinant decisions. In modern nations, if we did not have leaders or an agenda we would feel very anxious. To rule you, the corporate state propaganda machine sell’s you we are worthless, powerless and empty. They want to make judgments for you; they want you to live in fear. The latest transition in this cultural experiment or global corporate state might be the biggest system of oppression yet to date. Instead, I would much rather see a grass roots system of global villages with small governments led by the people for the people and where special interests gave way to a new age of contributionism.
Never before have the words of Benjamin Franklin resonated more clearly. “When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny." In these uncertain times, we are facing the dissolution of the nation state. An Orwellian police state is taking over and becoming the new world government. If we telescope into the future the deployment of a global state will lead to a new priesthood of corporate power, the mega computer. If this happens we will have lost our universal given liberties to machines, and we will live oppressed in the age of the cyborg state. Humanity needs to unleash a mutiny aboard this blue spherical vessel. For the sake of our children, we are hear to live our star given potential, to think in immeasurable ways, to live by the purest of self-references and to admire the miracle of this universe which is a reflection of you.
How did we as a collective ever loose sight of the spectacular entitlement that is to be alive? How is it that we gave our lives away to the gangsters of the land? You are not here to be controlled and to yield to what state institutions oblige. This does not have to be the case; the hunter gatherers left us a different heritage. You do not have to be a citizen of any state. The state does not define you. If you take your life into your own hands sovereignty takes on its true dimension of responsibility and integrity. It’s an essential God given matter of choice.
Carlos Cuellar Brown