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  •  Much more insidious (3+ / 0-)
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    Max Weber defined the State as the entity with a monopoly on force.  What Bush authoritarianism does is to privatize not only governmental functions like disaster cleanup and feeding/supplying the military, but force itself.  Thus, the State no longer has a monopoly on force.  

    This is true in Iraq, but also in private prisons in the US and perhaps one day we will see private police forces that also operate outside the law.  Thhese private armies and police forces are set up to protect private individuals and private property, something a strong State can do but a weak State can't.

    What Bush authoritarianism is about is giving power to private entities and then enabling them to hold onto what they've got and amass more through gov't contracts and giveaways and scams that are beyond prosecution.  It is really an undoing of the State as we have known it.  It is a kind of post-industrial feudalism, which is why it is so fitting that Blackwater hires through a form of indentured servitude.

    "Do not forget that every people deserves the regime it is willing to endure." ---The White Rose, 1942

    by Mimikatz on Mon Oct 15, 2007 at 09:47:03 AM PDT

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