Statism is ?the theory that economic and political power should be controlled by a centralized government leaving regional government and the individual with relatively little to say in political matters? (Internet). This idea has caused much controversy between many political philosophers for many years. Most political philosophers disagree over certain aspects of the idea of the existence of the state. Jay Nock, Hilaire Belloc, and Niccolo Machiavelli are three important political scientists that all discuss their own ideas on statism. To some extent, they all agree on the existence of this new modern state but disagree on what makes the regime, its structure of the governmental offices and the ruling bodies, of the new modern state.
In Our Enemy, the State, Jay Nock discusses his libertarian view of the modern state. He believes that the modern state is actually our enemy because ?it is not based on the idea of natural rights, but on the idea that the individual has no rights except those that the State may provisionally grant him? (Nock 42). Nock believes that the structure of this new modern state is a strong central government that is obtaining its power from powers that previously belonged to the society. He states, that ?the State has no money of its own, so it has no power of its own. All the power it has is what society gives it, plus what it confiscates from time to time on one pretext or another? (Nock 23). Therefore, any increase in state power indicates a loss of social power. Nock believes that the aim of the modern state is to completely absorb all powers that are currently under the social power realm. Nock is attempting to show that even in the United States, the state is the enemy because it is no longer governing for the people. And he believes that Americans accept this form of government because that is the only thing they knew, it is a form of blind acceptance.
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