We live within a worldwide political system dominated by statism characterized by the belief of most people that the collective is vastly more important than the individual; the state should substantially control the social and economic affairs of the collective; and the greater good of the collective justifies required and unquestioned sacrifices on the part of the individuals.
Statism has prevailed upon humanity for as long as civilizations have existed. Ancient civilizations were permeated with statism and the statist mindset. Biblical accounts feature a long chronology of statism. Gods, rulers, kings, clergy, aristocrats and politicians are the hallmarks of statism and statist Authority!
The United States of America was created by a few men who understood this and endeavored to change it. England with its monarchy and aristocracy is and remains thoroughly statist.
But the founder’s ideas have long ago been eviscerated almost completely by wave after wave of statist ideology promoted by statist politicians and religionists demanding sacrifices and craving more and more authority over the political and social lives of their subjects.
So America today is a statist nation just like every other nation on Earth. The differences are only a matter of degree. Some countries are more or less statist than others. Statism can work with capitalism just as well as with socialism and communism.
In all cases the deceived masses have been conditioned to accept that the state is supreme and that individuals must make sacrifices whether they like it or not for the greater good of the collective.
Examples of statist logic abound, we read about them every day, but I find the following one particularly horrific and classically representative of such malevolent thinking:
In Japan recently the 43 year-old mayor of Osaka explained that the Japanese military's forced prostitution of Asian women before and during World War II was necessary to "maintain discipline" in the ranks and provide rest for soldiers who risked their lives in battle.
Japanese war time WWII sex slaves were necessary for the greater good of the collective he maintains. The discipline and comfort of the raging and pillaging Japanese soldiers – themselves the victims of statism -- required the sacrifices of hundreds of thousands of unwilling women who were systematically raped and painfully abused during the Japanese unprovoked conquest of China, Korea and several other Asian nations before and during the war.
He’s not the least bit remorseful or sorry about it. This is a man who understands statism, makes his living by it, and is prepared to justify it to the extreme. I’m sure that he is not the only imperialist Japanese statist who thinks that way.
Almost all of them in the military, using pure statist logic, thought that way while they were committing major atrocities in Asia by treating their conquered subjects like subhuman animals fit for the slaughter. Why not allow some of them to be used as sex slaves while they were at it was the logic. After all, the soldiers needed some rest, relaxation and release -- comfort.
"There is a mountain of definitive iron-hard evidence for the crimes they committed in the Second World War. We hope Japan will face and contemplate their history of aggression and treat it correctly," China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei declared.
But this statist Japanese mayor, Toru Hashimoto, who is also co-leader of an emerging conservative political party, told reporters that there wasn't clear evidence that the Japanese military coerced women to become what are euphemistically called "comfort women."
"To maintain discipline in the military, it must have been necessary at that time," he said. "For soldiers who risked their lives in circumstances where bullets are flying around like rain and wind, if you want them to get some rest, a comfort women system was necessary. That's clear to anyone."
Now that is what I call: statist logic.