Can the individual live without the State?
I thought I would offer a short series of posts sharing ideas about questions around the concept of society. People might agree or disagree with them, but it is useful to think about them since the current society we live in is unsustainable.
In essence I agree with a certain blogger I follow that the utopian individual ideal is to live with no State. Realistically we need the State to survive as the human race.
The utopia of no State existed in the Ice Age, where the human race numbered few millions, roaming as hunter gatherers in small family groups in a time of abundance of food and water. Climate change sent vast numbers of species into extinction; sea level rises of hundreds of metres flooded the world; the human race had multiplied in large numbers. Loss of land, lack of food, and population growth forced humanity to adopt the trappings of civilisation or die. When a group of people come together to form a collective contract of sharing resources for the common good, you have the trappings of State.
Today the planet hosts billions of people, with an ever diminishing pool of resources to sustain this growing population. The utopian ideal suitable for a small population of hunter gatherers of no State raises serious challenges when you are dealing with a huge hungry growing global population which can only be addressed through the structure of a State. An example I offer of a challenge is several dozen individuals fighting over the right of a location on a river; conflict of interests is often settled through violence, the strongest win the right to locate at that river spot. Multiply these sort of conflicts, you end in a relentless bloody global war. Human nature realistically reflects that of all animal species who will turn to aggressive means to achieve territorial rights. Only via the State can the needs of the many be met in harmony.