The State as Parasitoid

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by Joel Bowman, International Man:

Throughout modern history, few political ideologies have been so effective at disarming and asphyxiating its host as collectivism.

Regardless of how the assault begins – be it bloody revolution, domestic coup d’etat, foreign aggression or by self-inflicted, democratic process – once collectivism has found its foothold, the prognosis for the host is universally bleak.

Where merely parasitic institutions, such as monarchies, may take generations, even centuries, to either descend into madness or fade into irrelevance (and sometimes both); the collectivist parasitoid proves itself an exceptionally expedient killer.

The key to the latter’s success, it seems, lies largely in its insidious mode of attack.

Killer instinct

While the monarchical parasite is, by definition (from the Greek monárchēs – sole ruler), held apart from the subjects over which it lords, the collectivist parasitoid is thought to be a part of “the people” (as collective noun), indistinguishable from any old limb of the body politic.

This distinction bears specific strategic advantages when it comes to political and ideological inculcation.

A tax-mad king or a guillotine-happy queen is conspicuous an enemy enough for an overburdened population to rally and fight against. So too is an invading army, occupying imperialist force, etc. (Barbarians at the gate seldom present themselves with a polite knock.) Individuals, either working alone or in voluntary concert to preserve and protect their respective self-interests, are thus able to identify the enemy… and attempt to defend/revolt against it.

The historically attuned reader is already summoning to mind a roll call of “lost heads of state”; from Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette to Maximilien Robespierre in France, to no fewer than 17 British monarchs that were murdered, assassinated or executed away from the battlefield.

To the regicidal mob, the enemy is clear enough. It is an enemy a part from as opposed to a part of the host.

The same cannot be said of collectivism, which more closely resembles an autoimmune disease in that it turns the body’s own defense system against itself.

Vicious cycle

Collectivism begins by insinuating itself into the population at society’s basic, cellular level: by attacking the individual. In doing so, it aims to subvert the precious “minority of one” in favor of the nebulous “majority of many.”

Once the concept of “I” is surrendered to the hive mind, resistance is all but futile. What comes next is textbook societal breakdown…

  • Individual autonomy is forced to yield to the will of the masses – Modern democracy is arguably the best portal through which to smuggle what Thomas Jefferson himself called “mob rule.”
  • Private property is disposed of in favor of the newly established “common good” – Or, as Karl Marx had it, “From each according to his ability to each according to his needs.”
  • The “ends” are used to justify whatever “means” are necessary to enforce these goals – Witness the extent to which collectivist regimes go to “eat the rich”… until everyone is equally, tragically impoverished.
  • Personal accountability is replaced with collective guilt – Which gives rise to fatuous, slogan-think such as “If you don’t vote, you have nothing to complain about.”

And so the cycle repeats…

Note that the progression here is maniacally logical. By first depriving the world’s smallest minority of any individual rights it is made far easier to confiscate his property, up to and often including his life, by whatever means are deemed necessary. Collective culpability – infused at the outset and enforced at the finale – ensures no single individual dares question the “statist quo,” for fear of violent mob attack.

The result – taken to its practical and invariable end – is nothing short of total civil, cultural and societal annihilation in affected areas: the ultimate success of the parasitoid state.

100 million warnings

In case the reader is tempted to consider that last passage hyperbolic, consider the collectivist experiments of the past century alone.

Although exact figures are necessarily hard to come by, most scholars reckon the death toll attributable to the various and virulent strains of 20th century collectivism as something in the order of 85-100 million men, women and children. That is to say nothing of their unborn progeny who are not, at this very moment, composing symphonies, discovering cures and raising families of their own.

From the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, to the Khmer Rouge (Communist Party of Kampuchea) and Mao Zedong’s Communist Party of China, each of these democidal regimes began by sacrificing the sovereignty of the individual on the altar of the “greater good.” Once the individual was usurped, it became possible to conscript man’s natural defenses against tyranny – the voluntary bonds forged between neighbors, local communities, and even family members – as the means of his collective enslavement.

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