Liberty Forged

the State has no money of its own, so it has no power of its own. ` Nock

Why Obama’s Inaugural Speech is faulty.

Posted by Jesse on January 20, 2009

Obama will speak on the theme of One America.

The reality is that there are two Americas (at the very least):

Country is a concept of peace, of tolerance, of living and letting live. But State is essentially a concept of power… it signifies a group in its aggressive aspects….

The history of America as a country is quite different from that of America as a State. In one case it is the drama of the pioneering conquest of the land, of the growth of wealth, and the carrying out of spiritual ideals…. But as a State, its history is that of playing a part in the world, making war, obstructing international trade… punishing those citizens who society agrees are offensive, and collecting money to pay for all…

Randolph Bourne, “Unfinished Fragment on the State


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