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statism

Statism


Statism is a political philosophy that government should use its powers to promote the common good. Under statist regimes, both the private sector the media are answerable to political authorities, and civil liberties are secondary to the requirements of the state. Statism is associated with monarchy, dictatorship and the single party system of politics, but is not necessarily undemocratic. Statist philosophies can have the outlook that is political left or the political right, but in either case a strong ideology and vision of progress is assumed to require an empowered eleite to make it happen. The practice, statist regimes operate on teh principle that the "best" should rule. Statist ideology (of a socialist bent) is often portrayed by libertarians as the opposite of libertarianism

Most modern democracies impose a statist administration during a state of emergency or in times of war.

Statist philosophers


Plato Leo Strauss
Fredrich Nietzche Mao


Statist thinkers often expressed that "good government" can only be achieved when power is in the hands of the few, and that democracy and populism led to inconsistent and often irrational policies. Strauss raised the problem of whether good and effective politicians could be completely truthful and still achieve the necessary ends of their society, and considers whether "noble lies" (Plato) have any role at all to play in uniting and guiding the cities of man. Are certain, unprovable "myths" taught by wise leaders needed to give most people meaning and purpose and to ensure a stable society? Or can society flourish on a foundation of those "deadly truths" (Nietzsche) limited to what we can know absolutely?