It is official. The federal government has established a religion. May I propose a label for this new referent? Let me call it the “deep state”.
Others call it the “administrative state”.
The imprimatur comes when Steve Deace, broadcasting on Blaze TV from the heart of America’s flyover country, states the obvious, saying, “We are not dealing with a political party. We are dealing with a cult.”
For example, only a cult can perform the purgation and humiliation rites afforded to Brett Kavanaugh, then a nominee for the Supreme Court of the United States. Now a member of the SCOTUS, this individual is forever branded by one accusation. The accusation, while never proven true, is justified by its reliance on an organizational objective, claiming, “Believe the woman, for … (whatever righteousness applies)”.
Righteousness1aC is the nectar of religion.
Organizational objectives2aC are like gods.
Hey, what are those subscripts?
Subscripts are introduced in A Primer on the Category-Based Nested Form and A Primer on Sensible and Social Construction. The “1” indicates Peirce’s category of firstness, the realm of possibility. The “2” denotes actuality in a category-based nested form. The “a” refers to the content-level of an interscope (a category-based nested form composed of category-based nested forms). The “C” points to the society tier (the third tier in a category-based nested form composed of interscopes).
The three tiers are societyC, organizationB and individual in communityA.
Yes, this notation introduces a novel approach to Sociology.
Plus, this approach is worth looking into. Homeschoolers should consider the course titled, How to Define the Word “Religion”.
State indoctrinators define the word so narrowly that it seems that they are covering up a topic much larger, and more interesting, than churches, synagogues and mosques.
This brings me back to the prescience of the broadcaster noted above.
The immediate stimulus for the broadcaster’s response is a coronavirus-related national work-stoppage. The statistics associated with the unfolding pandemic simply do not support the drastic, uni-dimensional, solution of a total shutdown, bringing the US economy to a standstill.
Yes, in economics and politics, there are two dimensions. There are trade-offs.
Yet, in the matrix of the administrative state, there are only organizational objectives2aC. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and other state-cults3aC focus on saving lives2aC. We must save lives at all costs1aC.
Organizational objectives2aC emerge from (and situate) the potential of righteousness1aC.
They2aC may come into conflict.
One solution endows each insitution3aC with a similar character. In the case of the deep state, that character is a demand for sovereign power3bC. Sovereign laws and decrees2bC are necessary in order for each institution3aC to achieve its organizational objectives2aC. This imperative1cC satisfies the potential underlying all legislation2bC: the possibilities inherent in order1bC.
Picture piglets struggling to latch onto their mother’s teats. Each has its own agenda. Of course, these agendas conflict. Yet, a certain order is achieved as long as the mother offers her milk.
Or consider the abandoned infants, Romulus and Remus, suckling the teats of a she-wolf. Surely, the Romans offer a more evocative icon of the feminine nature of sovereign power. Believe the she-wolf and she will offer her milk, instead of her teeth.
To Marxists, there is nothing more. The sovereign3bC must be the exception1cC. The state3bC must not be subject to its own laws2bC. The milk2cC must flow1cC. The milk2cC sustains order1cC. Order1bC is to sovereign power3bC as righteousness3aC is to institutions1aC. Listen to the speakers. Hear the talking heads. Every shill3aC signals a virtue1aCthat calls the citizen to a righteousness1aC that seeks to establish order1bC.
There is nothing above sovereign power3bC.
Yet, there3cC is.
The problem is that we cannot envision it2cC.
Here is a way to picture the society tier for Big Government (il)liberalism.