Cold Monster

Somewhere there are still peoples and herds, but not where we live, my brothers: here there are states.

State? What is that? Well! Now open your ears to me, for now I shall speak to you about the death of peoples.

State is the name of the coldest of all cold monsters. Coldly it tells lies too; and this lie crawls from its mouth: “I, the state, am the people.”

–Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra, First Part, On the New Idol

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