This thought is inspired by the observation that the idea of the inquisition, as an institution, appears to be yet another genetic memory written so deeply in the natural state of man that he cannot even question its existence, much less oppose it. Sometimes it’s called the secret police, but the institutional apparatus is the same. The idea of allowing common people to own military equipment is completely unthinkable to the average homo sapiens. Yet the secret police are so hardwired into his brain that it is a common trope on daytime TV. “We’re taking over this investigation.” *Pulls badge, bumbling local cop goes pale with fear*
It occurred to me that I don’t even have the vocabulary to express this properly. We already have the Hobbesian idea of man’s natural state: “No arts; no letters; no society; and which is worst of all, continual fear, and danger of violent death: and the life of man, solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short.” But what we don’t have is vocabulary for the idea that, given the choice, this same natural man always chooses to be ruled by the same totalitarian Leviathan whose boot was stomping on his face yesterday. If tens of billions of humans, given half the chance, consistently regress to this same form of social organization, is this not more deserving of the title “the natural state of man”?
Thus the term “common denominator government” specifically refers to the government natural man deserves and craves. A born slave longs for his master.
The features of this government can be seen best in the longest-lasting governments in history (Egypt, India, China, Rome). Here is a starting list of common features:
God-king worship (you have to admit these posters worked like magic)
Social organization via religious caste system
Slavery-based economy (supply relying primarily on war)
Technocratic civil service
Corrupt local officials
Constant state of war
Incompetent, unmotivated bureaucratic response to plague, famine, and natural disasters
…and for some reason, you can never drink the water. You can learn everything you need to know about a city from a glass of tap water.
Make your own observations, it’s fun! Anyway, we should stop acting surprised when normal people prefer tyranny. That’s what we should expect! It’s when they don’t that we need to stop, take a closer look, and maybe learn something useful. Humans need to be indoctrinated out of slavery, because absent from other influences that’s their default mode.