The Coldest of Cold Monsters.

A state? What is that? Well! open now your ears unto me, for now will I say unto you my word concerning the death of peoples.

A state, is called the coldest of all cold monsters. Coldly lieth it also; and this lie creepeth from its mouth: “I, the state, am the people.”

It is a lie!

So wrote Frederich Nietzsche in The New Idol, Chapter 11 of Book 1 of Thus Spake Zarathustra.  He was right about that too.  The state isn’t the people.  Its something else.

Nietzsche was one of the first to western thinkers to really approach the idea of state as egregore.

Its a bit of a rant in places, but here’s the whole chapter:

The New Idol.

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