Wednesday, December 06, 2006

The state is dead. Long live the state!

William Lind comments that IEDs will be seen in the United States, calling it the 'boomerang effect'.

I disagree with him entirely. IEDs have long been made in the United States. Kids with copies of 'The Anarchists' Cookbook' (aka 'The Jolly Roger Cookbook') have made IEDs for years. According to Wikipedia, the kids who perpetrated the Columbine massacre built 99 IEDs of various shapes and sizes.

It's unlike Lind to succumb to millenarian sensationalism. Plus ça change, plus c'est la meme chose - the power of non-state actors is not new, but an atavism. The state's monopoly of force has always been tenuous - the totalitarian turn of the mid-20thC was the fruit of the convergence of nationalism and industrialisation. Now that we are reverting to tribal affiliations, the state is weakening once more.