THE ROT AT THE HEART OF STATISM
y Attorney Steve Grow
October 11, 2011
In essence the statist believes individuals have no inalienable property or other rights as individuals, but that all belongs to the state. Under that view no individual rights exist other than rights granted to individuals by the state, and all such rights are revocable by the state. Communism, whose essential core is the denial of private property rights—and whose actual implementation in the world so far has also been thoroughly statist and thus individual-rights-denying to the core in all other respects as well, is clearly a statist theory. Totalitarianism in all forms is 100% statist. So are all views that kings, tyrants, royal families, Popes, Imams, professors, prophets, parliaments or central committees or other groups or individuals in positions of power have rights but that ordinary individuals do not.
Now the institutions and trappings of a statist government (whether secular, religious in flavor and appearance), especially a totalitarian one, are created, sustained and structured mainly so that they can serve as a disguise, costume, mask, distraction and place of concealment behind which the human individual or individuals controlling the apparatus can operate with a high degree of invisibility, perhaps even anonymity, and with complete impunity. If a state agency takes action against an ordinary individual, every effort is exerted to make it appear that this apparent and largely illusory entity took the action rather than the individuals who ordered or carried out the action. Even laws including written constitutions can be part of the costume, disguise, mask or distraction. Unless ordinary individuals have the teeth to invoke them for their benefit and protection, and unless they are enforced correctly, even the best set of written laws are an illusion and a nullity. Often the written laws of a constitutional democracy and a tyranny will bear a high degree of resemblance. But there will always be one striking difference: the totalitarian regime will either not enforce the laws at all or will enforce them selectively and in bad faith, and ordinary people living under such rule have no effective power (and thus no right) to invoke them for their own protection against others or against the government. Any non-statist government can be transformed into a statist one without altering any provisions of its written constitution or laws.