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“The State” Is an Abstract Idea. So How Is the State Also So Murderous?

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An abstract state is built on patriotism. And when patriotism becomes "the highest of all virtues and the source of all the remaining ones,” states can get away with almost anything. Original Article: "'The State' Is an Abstract Idea. So How Is the State Also So Murderous?" This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher ...

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An abstract state is built on patriotism. And when patriotism becomes "the highest of all virtues and the source of all the remaining ones,” states can get away with almost anything.

Original Article: "'The State' Is an Abstract Idea. So How Is the State Also So Murderous?"

This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher Condon. Narrated by Michael Stack.

David Gordon
David Gordon (born 1948) is an American libertarian philosopher and intellectual historian influenced by Rothbardian views of economics. Peter J. Boettke, in his Reason Foundation "Reason Papers," Issue No. 19, Fall 1994, describes Gordon as "a philosopher and intellectual historian who is deeply influenced by the Rothbardian strand of economics." He is a senior fellow at the Ludwig von Mises Institute and editor of The Mises Review.

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