The nation-state came into existence when three key ingredients were put in place. First, monarchs took control of the courts from the local barons. Now they could control any legal challenges to their authority. Second, the kings got control of money and finance (taxation). Third, national patriotism was born as the nation-state became more important than either family or church. The new allegiance was now to a political order.
While the courts were the first to be controlled by about 1300, full monetary control did not occur until governments could determine currency, and substitute paper and credit for real money, gold and silver. This was pretty much in place by the beginning of the twentieth century.
The third issue—loyalty—is still in progress. Writing in 1983, William Kirk Kilpatrick had this to say about loyalty in his book, Psychological Seduction: The Failure of Modern Psychology (p. 127):
K.C. Wheare, in his book, Modern Constitutions, (1951) made these observations about democracy:
“De Tocqueville said, in his Democracy in America, that ‘it is easier to establish an absolute and despotic government among the people in which the conditions of society are equal, than among any other.'”
“In a democracy men often love equality more than liberty, and if need be they will throw away liberty to secure equality.”
“This is not to say that the trend of judicial decision in Australia has been against the growth of central powers. In fact, by the interpretation of certain powers, other than that over inter-State commerce, it has been possible for a wide sphere of industrial life to be placed under the regulation of the Commonwealth and indeed for the whole system of government to become more centralized than that of the United States or Canada.”
It had to come sooner or later. From the time when compulsory school attendance laws were introduced in the nineteenth century, it was evident that the state was declaring itself to be the ‘nanny’ state.
Now the idea of the ‘nanny’ state has been given new impetus in Scotland, where the Scottish government is proposing that each child will have a named state guardian from birth. Yes, you read that correctly. Now each child really is a child of the ‘nanny’ state.
Think about it. It is quite a logical progress. Compulsory school attendance then led to encouraging children to go around their parents on issues such as abortion. Children have been encouraged to become informants on their parents and family members. So why not a guardian appointed by the state from birth? The only thing missing is now state-controlled conception. “You vill haf your baby ven ve tell you to haf your baby. And ve vill arrange the sperm donor so ve can produce children of our choice.”
And you thought “Nineteen Eighty-Four” was a novel.