If you remember, the other day we talked a bit about Hannah Arendt. The article is here and is worthwhile if you haven’t read it. But one quote struck me as explaining quite a lot of what we are seeing in the United States today.
As governments start losing their legitimacy, violence becomes an artificial means toward the same end and is therefore, found only in the absence of power. Bureaucracies then become the ideal birthplaces of violence since they are defined as the “rule by no one” against whom to argue and therefore, recreate the missing links with the people they rule over.
Think about that for a bit. As a government becomes illegitimate it loses power because power is based on leadership, agreement, and cooperation. It then begins to rely on violence, and the perpetrator is nearly always a bureaucracy because they are the classic “no one” is responsible. Read more…
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