the all-powerful and all-benevolent state should weigh heavy in each person’s life

(Gordon Brown’s) real goal was to increase public expenditure…; he believed that the all-powerful and all-benevolent state should weigh heavy in each person’s life, and should be a presence in it as God was supposed to be in the Presyterianism of his upbringing.

Theodore Dalrymple, Not With a Bang But a Whimper

The state becomes a surrogate God once the real God has been ditched. The government becomes an idol as it was for the 20th C. absolute monarchies of the atheistic republicans. The state becomes the object of faith, a kind of benevolent Eternal Father who feeds, teaches and loves all indiscriminately.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: