As we have discussed on numerous occasions, we are experiencing a transition of one mode of governance to another. It’s a big change but it’s not unprecedented. Only 200 years ago we started to transition into the mode of governance that is now giving way to the next one.
Each form of governance derives its legitimacy from a different source. Monarchy, for example, derived its legitimacy from God’s will. The monarch was invested with power by God. Everybody accepted that, and the arrangement worked. Until near-uniform religiosity became impossible and a new kind of statehood arose.
Nation-state governments derived their legitimacy from representing the interests of the nation and finding a way to convince the people that they were acting in the interests of the citizens’ welfare. That’s why welfare in all its forms was born together with the nation-state and is dying with it. (Once again, police is welfare. Schools are welfare, etc).
The governing groups in the new model of statehood derive their legitimacy, meaning their entitlement to power, from superiority. That’s why they speak to us in the language of moral, intellectual and physical superiority. That’s why they educate their children to speak a language of moral superiority. That’s why they position themselves as the true judges of good and evil.