Roe V Wade hides the true nature of government
It serves to hide you from the truth
The Supreme Court’s decision on Roe V Wade simply isn’t that important. It’s not that important if you support abortion rights. It’s not that important if you don’t. Before I talk you off the ledge of whatever political argument you are wading into, give me a moment to explain to you what the government is and what it isn’t.
The government is the administrator of the affairs of The State. Now, maybe for nefarious reasons, few people in America understand what I mean when I say “The State.” What, like Florida or something?, says the overweight Bud Light drinker. No, The State is the name for a political entity that has a monopoly on the legal use of violence in a geographically defined area.
So, in other words, within the borders of the United States - borders that were defined by competition between political entities - the American State has a monopoly on the legal use of violence. While it is true that city and county and state (as in Florida) governments also have the legal use of violence at their disposal, they are all subservient to the American State’s authority. Federalism is an attempt to distribute that legal authority in ways that prevent the American State from having total hegemony and domination over smaller political entities within its boundaries. Federalism is doomed to fail but represents an important effort that provides some balance while it exists.
It’s really important to understand what it means to have a “legal use of violence” monopoly. It means the State - in this case, the American State - can do whatever it wants, so long as it can retain the acquiescence of its subjects. The American State does not need the support of its subjects. That silliness is reserved for elections. The American State is not subject to elections. Did you vote for anyone in the Treasury Department? The Federal Reserve board members? The bureaucrats in the DoD? The State simply needs you to not burn down all their buildings and hang them. Short of that, they will do what they want.
Now, why does the American State want to retain a monopoly on the “legal use of violence?” A State exists for one reason and one reason alone. It exists to rob you of your production. That is all. Most State actors throughout history would just as soon kill you and take all your stuff, than have to live with your whiny ass. But over the centuries of State existence, rulers have learned the trick of balancing some freedom - which increases overall wealth and allows for a greater plunder by the State - and domination.
So now that you know what the State is, let’s talk about what the government is and is not. The government’s purpose is to administer the affairs of the State. The government’s role in this world is to arrange the affairs of the State so that it can continuously plunder you. The government’s purpose is not to serve the affairs of the State’s subjects. I know you were taught that in grade school. You were taught that because it is in the best interest of the State that you remain completely ignorant about the purpose of government.
The modern western State is designed so that the government runs tightly contested elections about minor social and economic issues, which gives the appearance of a government that acts in the interests of the majority of its citizens, so that the State can continue plundering its subjects at will without any concern for being spun up on a rope by an angry mob.
So there is really nothing “supreme” about the Supreme Court. It can hear arguments about minor social and economic issues and give rulings that affect our lives. But it can’t provide you with any true freedom at all. It has no interest in hearing arguments about whether or not the American State should have a “legal use of violence” monopoly, for example. If you don’t believe me, try minting your own money and see if the Supreme Court wants to hear your case for a competing “legal tender.”
The Left and the Right compete for the “honor” of administering the affairs of the State. If you are part of that club, you can of course help yourself to some of the plunder as well. Well connected government actors get very, very rich. But make no mistake, the American State is truly the one in control. In fact, the existence of government is mostly superfluous. It allows for some critical decision making hierarchy for decisions that involve competition with other States (war) and civil unrest. But the State could do just fine without it.
Don’t believe me? Belgium went nearly two years without an elected government. Guess what happened? Nothing. The Belgian State continued its plunder and life went on as usual.
With this now in better context, we can view the Roe V Wade decision for what it is. This was a minor social issue that gave the government an appearance of acting in accordance with the will of the majority. The decision to overturn it nearly 50 years later maintains that theater, that the slight majority now favors repealing Roe V Wade and returning the decision to the states.
And it truly is a minor social issue. In spite of the crazed apocalyptic proclamations of the Left, some form of abortion will still be legal in just about every single state in America - if not all of them. There are no realistic restrictions anywhere on birth control. The argument here is one of levels of restriction on abortion term and reason. And the real argument is over whether or not Federalism has a role in social issues, or, if in these cases the minor political entities should be completely subservient to the American State.
Don’t let these arguments distract from the true nature of your situation. You are plundered on a continuous basis by a political entity that reserves the right to use violence on you at any time. That State actors allow you to bicker with your neighbors over social issues that we can never all agree on isn’t a blessing. It’s a curse. It keeps you occupied while you are robbed blind.
Don’t believe me? Check out your grocery bill.