If there’s a better analogy than comparing the citizen/state relationship to the host/symbiote or host/parasite one, I’ve yet to hear it. The Founding Fathers view of government, both proper and improper, totally harmonizes with this concept.
The Ruling Class believes, falsely, that it is the primary organism. But the public will survive without a Ruling Class; the reverse is not true.
When the host thrives, its symbiotes thrive. When the host suffers, its symbiotes share the diminished state. This is why it’s so, so easy to distinguish between symbiotes and parasites. Parasites thrive as the host weakens. Killing the host dooms them in the end, but the period of downfall is the parasites’ days of glory.
Now switch gears from “biology” to “economics” and look at recent fiscal history. Does the analogy ring true for you?
If voters were both rational and remembered high school biology, the argument would be irrefutable and we’d be fixing this central problem. It’s obvious that we’re not “anti-government”. Only liars and crazy people could make that accusation. We don’t want intestinal flukes; we do want intestinal flora.
People need a symbiotic government. Oh, not for humanity to survive. But that life is Hobbsian: “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short”. Do away with state and federal governments, atomize American society, and length and quality of life will greatly suffer.
But look! Our governments are causing society’s disintegration. Black versus white, man against women, young against old, all against all. Why? Because parasites kill their hosts if allowed. End of story.
Not purposely. Only the tiniest percentage of the Ruling Class actively seeks society’s harm. The rest just doesn’t recognize what it is. Since the R.C. is prospering, obviously things are going well. They aren’t for the public? It must be the public’s fault. The Ruling Class is doing its job, right?
Right. Parasites always do their job, and Ruling Class = parasites. Societies thrive with public servants, and collapse with public masters.
It’s blindingly obvious, isn’t it? So now the task is translating this amazing analogy into politics. And this is where the depression sets in. The Tea Party momentum seems to be faltering. Perhaps if the debt limit battle is won, the patient can survive its parasitic infestation.
Okay, deep background is over. In the previous post, we noted that ~70% of Americans believe the biggest concern right now is “finances”. But the majority seems unaware that the main source of economic woe is government.
So now we’ve gone from biology to economics to politics. And here the WORM falters. Who wants to take the baton and run the next leg of the race?