Morality is one of the first things we outsource to government, along with physical protection and the provision of a national identity. Then we find it harder and harder to consider each other to be honest in the absence of law enforcement. (See the absence of trust)
We also outsource our thinking. Make us safe by legal means to avoid bad decisions. Plan our economies for us and ensure safety standards. As a result, we find it increasingly hard to conceive of each other as competent enough to live without regulations – and we also lose competence by failing to practice critical thinking.
Form the perspective of authoritarian mental habits, it hardly matters whether these functions have been grabbed by an authoritarian regime or voluntarily surrendered to a pampering welfare state – whether it was blamed on warfare or welfare.
Chapter coming soon…