Federalism and Anarchy

The North’s victory marked the end of federalism in the U.S. After this point power became increasingly centralized at the federal level, with the states shrinking into extensions of the federal will. That will has — in the last few decades — become decreasingly defined by loyalty to ideological commitments and increasingly defined by the love of power for the sake of power.

The mechanism by which power is acquired is simple: those who are most credible representatives of the general will at any given moment have power.

This means that law is impotent in the United States. The fact that the general and popular will of the moment always trumps whatever legal or ideological obstacles might stand in the way of that will means that law is largely irrelevant to the way that life is administered in the U.S.

The U.S. is thus in a state of anarchy.


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