A few days ago, I was flipping through the TV channels looking for something interesting to watch between football games. Golf just doesn’t do it for me. I zoomed past C-SPAN, which can be interesting at times, even if it’s also annoying. I was on this channel long enough to hear some Republican congressman whipper-snapper use the term “rogue state.”
“What is a rogue state?” I thought to myself. In the eyes of the U.S. government, a rogue state is a government that enjoys a monopoly on violence which refuses to do the bidding of America. Certain governments are not allowed to do what all governments naturally do: make weapons, enforce monopolies, engage in conquest, etc. These governments are referred to as rogue states by the arrogant quacks who run the American machine.
In essence, however, the “good governments” are no worse than the bad ones. They use the same monopoly on violence to drive weaker nations and peoples into submission. A rogue state has simply suffered the misfortune of getting on the bad side of the sanctimonious oligarchs in Washington, DC. Many of these “rogue states” were victims of American baiting and switching. Saddam Hussein, were he still alive, would be able to testify to this.
A more basic question, however, is, What is a rogue? A rogue is a criminal, a thief, gangster, mobster, murderer, etc. So are all governments. They steal the money of innocent civilians under threat of penalty as if the fruits of a man’s labor are not his own; force young men into military service as if the bodies of the citizenry are owned by the state; erode private property rights almost to the point of meaninglessness; go on conquest to enforce oil monopolies; and install puppet governments in far away lands against the consent of the people who live there.
In other words, all states are rogue states. To use this term is redundant; it is like saying “yellow canary” or “red cardinal.” The politicians get away with it, however, because most of us are unwilling to re-examine the assumptions that were taught to us in school. Recently Sen.Harry Reid claimed that taxation is “voluntary.” There should have been protests everywhere, but the remark went nearly unnoticed. If memory serves, not even Matt Drudge took note of it.
The sad part of this whole story of “man’s inhumanity to man,” as Ronald Reagan called it, is that this kind of violence reigns on the throne of human ignorance and indifference. If even a tithe of the citizenry were wide awake, most of the awfulness we see today wouldn’t be happening. This leads to the most sobering lesson of all: Most countries end up with the government they deserve.