The Power of the State versus the Power of Love
Robert Higgs, The Independent Institute
Meanwhile, all the positive, productive forces of society continued to reside, as they always have, within the people themselves.
Given that creation has more value than destruction, how did it come to pass that the state—an institution based on violence and plunder—has overridden peaceful cooperation as the dominant factor in social life virtually everywhere on earth?
This simple question requires, I think, a complex answer.