DE-MYSTIFYING THE IDOL OF STATE
October 29, 2010
“Modern intellectuals have preached that the State should be strong… and give this assertion the characteristic of preaching, of a moral teaching.” 
The salience of the lines above is increased when one notes that by “intellectuals” Benda meant those groups today considered ‘thought-leaders’: academics, journalists (to which we now would add mass media broadcasters and ‘personalities’), artists, actors and literary bureaucrats. The dominant tendency of modern times is marked by these groups preaching “the cult of the powerful State” that will heal all the problems of individuals by ministering, as a new priesthood, to “society.” “Mental healers in the true sense of the world… will coordinate the personality of the patient.” This is all done in the name of “democracy,” even critics use the term uncritically in attempting to remain in the ‘mainstream’ of ‘discourse.’
The public vocabulary is so filled with lies, clichés and slogans that the need for accidental quote marks is almost constant. In the era teaching “that all arguments are equally defensible,” that there is no truth, only opinions, -- except for the opinions of the dominant tendency which are beyond truths, which are dogmas – the reduction of language and thought, broadcast by the harlots of the elites through the distraction machine of disinformation disarms resistance to the mystique of the State before it can be conceptualized or articulated.
But this process has been pushed too far for American stomachs and habits of work, mores and expectation. The basic, simple principles focused by the tea parties (which had their original home in Boston, hard as it may be to believe today) combined with the arrogance of power in its ugliness when exposed fully may hinder the march toward a future of global fascism when “discipline” takes on “a religious function.”
One of the most oversimplified and misunderstood intellectuals of early modern times was a fierce critic of the growing mystique, sanctimony and power of the State which he termed, “the new Idol.” “State, what is that” he asked sarcastically. “State is the name of the coldest of all cold monsters” he answered. “It tells lies” the most comprehensive of which is ’I, the State, am the people.’” The term “democracy” used by most as a bludgeon or, thoughtlessly as a term of socio-political mainstream consensus literally means “rule by the people” but historically has meant the management and manipulation of society and direction of the State by an oligarchy, often headed by a charismatic charlatan in the name of “the people.” The modern State embodies attitudes of predatory cowardice and control. It is “a flabby, weak-eyed pretending devil of rapacious and pitiless folly” headed by groups of “sordid buccaneers.”
As to cold and lethal lies, the State used contrived economic crises to create a “Welfare Society” that in recent years has become an increasingly blatant, ‘in your face’ tyranny typified by the collaboration and dual control of people by corporations and government supplying 24/7 ‘customer service’ by digitalized voices that crush the spirit and make the hapless ‘consumer’ do the repair work on the over-priced ‘services’ or junk for which he is paying.
From the mystical fascism of theosophy “(government by an oligarchy of illuminated minds”) to the routine impostures of the socialist anointed whose impulse is to direct, manage and control ‘for the good’ of ‘the people’ Nietzsche knew that “it is annihilators who set traps for the many and call them “State.” Americans are familiar with this tendentious confusion from innumerable headlines and announcements about “State funding” or “government programs” the “funding” for which begins by looting and beggaring the people who ostensibly are helped. First comes the exaction in the name of some socio-economic therapy; then the State helps itself to the lion’s share of the takings; then it imposes new roles, jobs and responsibilities that weaken the roots of society and solidify its own power. Political activism like that in the tea parties proves Nietzsche’s point that “where there is still a people, it does not understand the State and hates it … as a sin against customs and rights.” The modern State is the negation of a sovereign people.
The ‘intellectuals’ who serve the State are now becoming “centrists” so they may keep power and sandbag humans in the months to come. It is easy to recognize them. “They preach adoration for the contingent and scorn for the eternal” because they deify themselves and their apparatus. “’On earth there is nothing greater than I’—roars the monster. ‘The ordering finger of God am I.’” The means by which it claims divine power, wisdom and compassion are familiar. The minions of the State promote, staff and demand monies for pseudo-sciences which “permit a tone of calm inhumanity” to become the idiom of culture and to disguise “systems of arbitrary authority.” Practicing cruelty in the name of compassion, the State ‘monster’ makes hypocrisy its first principle.
In short, modern “democracy” thinly disguises Caesarism. Republican democracy rooted in the Constitution is a defense against Caesarism and all the lies by which it extends its power. “The State tells lies in all the tongues of good and evil; whatever it says, it lies” because its language, dogmas and assumptions are corrupt; “and whatever it has it has stolen.” It is, thus, essentially fraudulent. Its substance is taken from other people. Made of alienation, it is the stage of society in which “lying becomes a universal principle.”
This new idol, like a god of ancient Canaan, “will give you everything if you adore it,” its minions and apologists promise: ‘free gas and houses with no down payment,’ etc. As the state of the economy, the destruction of our productive capacity, resulting joblessness, the collapse of the housing market and access to mortgages shows the therapeutic State is “a hellish artifice, a Trojan Horse” of society “clattering in the finery of divine honors.” Like our ‘great leaders’ “it praises itself as life” but does “great service to all preachers of death.” The trajectory of society under the godhead of the State is “the slow suicide of all life.”
The divine ambitions of the proponents and modern practice of “democracy” are revealed in esoteric writings that have become prominent in the past two centuries. Theosophists defined “government by a true democracy” as “a steady training of people to recognize… the more correct point of view, the higher idealism, and the spirit of synthesis and cooperative unity.” The coercive aspects of “training people” to adopt a “correct point of view” have become familiar. A combination of law, government regulation, education and mass media provide statues and images of what is permissible and what is forbidden. This correlation between “democracy,” coercion and state institutions was prescribed and in retrospect one sees an esoteric program of indoctrination and contrived synthesis and “consensus” becoming mainstream. “The processes of education, of law and of government are so closely allied” that a new age organism or group will “act as a clearing house or linking body between the educators whose task it is to enforce the law and statesman who are chosen to formulate the laws…” The role of public education as assistants and enforces of State doctrine, particularly in “training people” in a “correct point of view” and “cooperative unity,” a new form of Dionysiac consensus with outsiders to be destroyed, under color of law is here clearly stated; its autocratic and irrational qualities clearly seen, a self-professed “transcendental occultism.” That is the contemporary, tyrannous elitism of the State and its re-educational-political methods. Science sub-serves “magical technique” just as destruction of morals and economy are called progress, equity and democracy.
Criticism of “the New Idol” sometimes surfaced in the ancient world, like the following insight exposing the original Caesarism: “Be on your guard against an autocratic government; for they who exercise it draw no man near to them except for their own interests, appearing as friends when it is to their advantage…” This aptly critiques the spurious compassion of “the cold monster” and its imperial apparatus.
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One hopes that all who recognize these truths and patterns continue their efforts because “only where the State ends, there begins the human being who is not superfluous…Where the State ends, there is the rainbow” of the Divine promise, of human promise and free possibility, of life abundant and mutual respect rather than coerced and anxious obeisance. Americans only need beware in the less bad times to come of being given the new messiah of a jinn-doll. As the founders stated, “the price of liberty is eternal vigilance” because like “appetite, the universal wolf,” the “monster” of State will not be sated till having “first eat up the world, it last consumes itself.” The Bard warns us that “chaos follows the choking.”
Eugene Narrett is the author of Culture of Terror: the Collapse of America
Julien Benda, La Trahison des Clercs (1928; Norton 1969,
Richard Aldington translation), 107
2. Ibid. 104
3, Alice Bailey, “Seed Groups in the New Age,” July 1937 in Externalization of the Hierarchy (NY 2001)
4, Benda op cit. 39 quoting Mussolini in a speech of October 25, 1925
5, Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra Part One, section 11, “the New Idol” (NY 1954, translation by Walter Kaufmann), 160 passim
6, Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness Part I (Norton 3rd critical edition, R Kimbrough editor), 20, 32
7, Bailey, op. cit. 52; “Rousseau, that great initiate”  may have been a Bailey favorite because he calls for the individual to become a persona ficta by yielding his sovereign will to the State.
8, Nietzsche op. cit. 161
9, Benda op. cit. 100
10, Nietzsche op. cit. 161
12, Franz Kafka, The Trial (Schocken 1925; 1968), chapter 9, page 220
13, Ibid. 162
14, Alice Bailey, “The Work of the Seed Groups” (January 1938), Externalization op cit, 52-4 passim
15, Ibid. 55-6
16, Pirke Avot (“Chapters of the Fathers”), 2:3 (1923 translation by Rabbi Herbert Goldstein)
17, Nietzsche op cit. 163
18, William Shakespeare, Troilus & Cressida, 1.3.120-6
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