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[catalogued under 24. Political Theory / C. Ruling a State / 4. Changing the State / a. Centralisation]

Full Idea

The specter of big government is there to be blamed precisely for its failure to act as a centralising power, the anger directed at it much like the fury Thomas Hardy supposedly spat at God for not existing.

Gist of Idea

Big central government only exists as a focus for anger - not to act


Mark Fisher (Capitalist Realism [2009], 8)

Book Reference

Fisher,Mark: 'Capitalist Realism' [Zero Books 2009], p.62

A Reaction

The point is that the power resides with the leaders of capitalism, and central government is largely a side-show. Sounds somewhat true, and the politicians are largely unaware of their role.