The Purpose of the State
The state is a depository of man’s greatest plans and ambitions. The State is not the result of top-heavy bureaucratization – this comes later in its development. But rather it is the space to promote individual, future-oriented goals.
This is a summary of Ortega y Gasset’s position – the classical liberal one. John Kenneth Galbraith also says this in his The Good Society: the Human Agenda.
I hardly need say that liberalism is dead – and conservatism is trampling on its corpse.
I worked for a top-heavy bureaucracy once: The Federal Aviation Agency. The last time I was in DC, visiting the Smithsonian, I saw the FAA headquarters – two huge, impressive buildings right across the street. I said to myself “I know what is going on there – nothing!”
But it is in no danger from budget cuts because it is part of the corporatocracy:
Corporatocracy, in social theories that focus on conflicts and opposing interests within society, denotes a system of government that serves the interest of, and may be run by, corporations and involves ties between government and business. Where corporations, conglomerates, and/or government entities with private components, control the direction and governance of a country, including carrying out economic planning (notwithstanding the “free market” label).
The government is not of the people, by the people, and for the people – because the people no longer matter – because they no longer exist.