In order to survive the state must persuade each of its subjects, even the most downtrodden, that they have at least one enemy in common with the state.
The enemy has ranged from Communists to drug barons, gang members, paedophiles and terrorists, latterly ‘Islamists’. The enemy will be fearsome, alien and ill-defined. Sometimes the state even claims to be waging war on an abstract noun: drugs, terror, knife crime etc.
Don’t be deceived; the state always has far more in common with its own worst enemies than with any of us.
The most pious and liberal-minded government will be responsible for more killings, rapes and child suffering than the worst criminal you’ve ever heard of, it goes with the job.
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