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Life is happiness.

To serve is to be happy.

Compliance is happy.

We're challenging the status quo.

Until we are the status quo.

Let's all be happy now.

Or else.

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  •  We are approaching this from the wrong perspective (0+ / 0-)

    The Rule of Law depends upon the consensus to be law abiding.

    You wrote:

    1) The rule of law is, at a practical level, essentially the rule of the largest mob of people or at least the ability of the state to enforce force but, in an attempt to provide the illusion and/or best attempt at fairness, divests the powers and decision making capacities of that mob into abstract concepts, enduring social contracts in the form of laws, and institutional mechanisms to ensure that those abstract concepts are applied as they are written, rather than as they are interpreted by people at any particular time.
    The State builds consensus not through coercive sanctions and force but through seductive sanctions; it offers you in return for your service to its idea of what is right and proper, sustenance; agree to the consensus to be law abiding and the state allows you to work for a living. Become an outlaw or a heretic and you get put under the ban.

    Both the State and the Religions which control its rights of passage can offer stability and security in your conformance to their norms and mores, rules, laws, beliefs and dictates. In return for all this security you pay tithes and taxes.

    As for the issue of enforcement, You wrote:

    2) Since this Rule of Law is an illusion in that, unless the power of the state is essentially godlike, it requires the belief and participation of the concept in the minds of the component members of that society, faith in the institutions that create and execute these laws must be maintained.
    The Rule of Law is not an illusion; it may consider itself sacred and sovereign and appeal to a higher authority than what any one god can muster but it depends on the illusion of Religion to require and instill a belief in what is right and proper, and to demand faith in the institutions that print in God We Trust on our Money.

    There truly is a division between Church and State; the State creates a more perfect union, Religion enforces it by preaching a Supreme Being of the United States full of nationalism and patriotism defining them and us rather than acknowledging a tumultuous and ever changing Becoming homogeneous which lack of certified approval works to exclude from recognition any power of diversity, minority positions, and new rules.

    You wrote 3:

    So long as there is a government, there will be tax...Where there is tax, there must be an allocation of resources.
    To me that sounds like wishful thinking, governments don't really care about balancing revenues and  resources with allocations and expenditures, what they care about is creating the myth that you will someday get a great return on your investment.

    To your final point about who rules, majorities or minorities; majorities are the ones who tend to find security in consensus building even as a minority of self actualizing outlaws making their own rules could care less what anyone thinks and chanting catch me if you can defies the Rule of Law to exercise its claimed sovereignty and enforce its speed limits.

    Live Free or Die --- Investigate, Incarcerate

    by rktect on Fri Aug 09, 2013 at 03:43:21 PM PDT

  •  As the rightful operative of God on earth (0+ / 0-)

    I disagree with your statements regarding Church and State.

    Disagree with me? Well good for you.  That's your right.

    I disagree with you.  On pretty much everything.

    And by the way...I've been in a country while a coup de etat was going on.

    Government and civilization are illusions...just very important and thankfully very durable ones.

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