The Paradox of Turnkey Totalitarianism

Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Max Borders

“When it comes to the idea of government, most people suffer from both a great blind spot and a failure of imagination. The blind spot is a refusal to believe the state is itself the greatest of all existential threats to humanity. Whether in Hollywood’s depiction of corporate baddies or general concerns about gigantism, most people can’t or won’t appreciate the fact that nation-states hold all the records for mass killing. Compare individuals and corporations to that record. It ain’t even close. Yet most people want desperately to believe the state’s job is to protect us. … The failure of imagination lies in a widespread inability to see how it might be possible for humanity to mitigate existential threats without the linear model of state control.” (09/10/21)