Crispin Sartwell writes:
perhaps it seems obvious that it is in the interests of poor people to have an extremely powerful and pervasive state; perhaps it seems obvious that it is in the interests of rich people to have a tiny powerless state. however, looking at the thing squarely, this is the opposite of obvious. it seems obvious because people keep repeating it or always conceive the terrain this way. but it’s just wackily false with regard to reality. who needs the state more: you know, robert rubin or rodney king?
Read the celý piroh. (CHT Charles.)
We can cut it finer than that.
The richest and most powerful people in any state ever are the ones who control the State.
The people who control the State are the richest and most powerful.
The State will always serve the interests of the richest and most powerful people in it.
To change one is merely to change the other.