When it comes to the governing of any given society, discussions of “government”, its structure and purpose, are always an appeal to authority. Keep this in mind. It is axiomatic.
According to both the religious and secular collectivists (people who assume that man is most fully and truly represented in existence by groups, as opposed to individually) human depravity is the moral essence of man’s ontological state (ontology = the nature of being). In other words, at the metaphysical level (the level of existence), man is depravity. And what depravity is, is the idea that man, for some reason or another, depending on the ideological context (e.g. religious versus economic (e.g. Marxism)) MUST be governed by an outside authority in order to ensure his survival.
(As an aside, it should be understood that the contextual reasons for man’s depravity are ultimately immaterial. For the functional conclusion of this ideology is always the same, no matter who holds it or why: the death of the individual–the death of Self.)
Man must be governed by representatives of the collective abstraction (which, again, can vary depending on the ideological context: the State versus the Church, for example). Because absent government, due to the individual’s inherent depravity, man is doomed to an anarchist orgy of sin and death. Individually, it is assumed, human beings lack the sufficiency to “rational” and “organized” existence, thus they are determined to exist immorally, and ultimately, futilely without the forced coercion of government, which has been established by “providence” (and what constitutes “providence” again depends on the ideological context) to organize existence FOR, not FROM, mankind.
As I said in the opening sentence of this article, Government appeals to authority. But authority appeals to force; and it is only by force that a man depraved–a man inadequate by nature to existence–can survive. But before we go any further with this thought, allow me to discuss just briefly this idea of “existence”, because it is always to the end of man’s “rational” existence that collectivist ideologues push the notion of survival by, of, and to government. By advocating their collectivist metaphysic, they explain that they are merely conceding the reality of existence. Though masked as an objective metaphysic itself–which it isn’t–“Existence” becomes itself an ideology; it becomes a byword for the moral end of the abstract ideal to which they, by force of government, seek compel humanity. In other words, they need to force you INTO your existence. In and of yourself, you, being entirely depraved and insufficient to life, cannot exist. “Existence” also, you will notice, is a euphemism for “reality”. Reality IS existence, and force is required to manifest both for the individual.
“Existence” is always the subjective abstraction to which every collectivist ideology claims to derive its reason, or rationale. That is, individual human existence qua existence is ironically the reason man must be forced , through violence or deception or threats into Self-denial…into the collective authority’s idea of what it means for the individual to BE. And this is consistent with the ubiquitous and common appeal in all collectivist ideologies to the “reality outside of man”–and there is some variety of this notion in almost everything, from Marxism, to Objectivism, to scientific empiricism, and so on. What this functionally means is that the individual can only truly exist by rejecting what he is told is the fallacy of his own, individual and singular existential context…that is, the reality of Self, which they always claim is, at its root, subjective. In other words, the individual is told, ironically, that he only really exists by accepting the idea that he doesn’t actually exist at all.
By this (backwards) logic, even man’s very birth can only occur under the auspices of the collectivist system (e.g. the “laws of physics/nature”) or society (e.g. the Workers Utopia; economic egalitarianism; the Church Body). This presumes that such a collectivist system or society must have existence prior to the birth of human beings. Of course, this is an impossible scenario because without the existence of the human being, there is absent the necessary frame of reference by which the collective could be organized or structured in the first place.
What all of this means is that man survives at the pleasure of the Collective, and in geopolitical terms, we refer to the Collective as the State. And by the State, what we mean, practically speaking, is the Government; or, more specifically, the human Authorities which are the fleshly incarnation of the Collective Will. And this means that individuals are obliged to serve the State for their own “good”…for their own existence, not the other way around.
For a man like Ben Carson, who professes to a belief in the sovereign (read, deterministic) Will of God, how is the State defined? What is Government? What is its role and purpose? Its not particularly difficult to figure out. Naturally, the Government is an institution established by God to enforce His Will, collectively. And by that I mean, of course, upon society. The Church, on the other hand, though intimately tied to the Government, is that institution–ruled by its own specific incarnate Authority of the Divine Will–which establishes the governing principles, interpreted from the Holy Texts (“God’s Word”) by divinely enlightened priests, which the State’s Authority (e.g. President Carson) will, through the establishment of specific “secular” law, level upon society through violence and threats of violence by its monopoly of force.
Ben Carson says that he “follows the doors God opens”. This means that if he happens to become President, it is, according to his doctrine, because God wants it that way. God determined him into the Presidency. Any effort on his part or the part of the voters is entirely tangential, and ultimately irrelevant. And what is it that God wants him to do then? Does He want Carson to govern as though it is his duty to ensure the right of the individual to exist as though what God wants is NOT the individual’s obligation?
Of course not. This is completely at odds with what Carson believes will have thrust him into the Presidency in the first place. It is contrary to his entire existential belief system. It is, for him, an impossible consideration. It is an idea which simply cannot hold any efficacy. It cannot possibly be true. The idea of an individual’s Self determinism is utterly exclusive of Carson’s metaphysical premise: that man is a function of God’s Will. Period. For Carson, “individual” existence is an affront to the “truth” of DIVINE REALITY.
Carson’s duty as President is for him to function as a direct extension of God’s sovereign and determining Will. That idea is a function of his doctrine; and that doctrine assumes the metaphysic of man’s natural depravity. And that means that man will be sacrificed to the State. Because Carson does not and cannot make the existential, functional, practical, or moral distinction between the people, the government, and God’s Will. “God’s Will” becomes the entirety of his metaphysics…and by that I mean it is the nature of ALL existence. Therefore, there is no room for human beings–for individuals. There is only the antagonism of God by the individual’s claim, either conscious or as a behavioral byproduct of his “depravity”, to possess a separate, distinct existence of his own, and the requisite, perpetual, and violent conflict which this claim demands. And this means, when all the sophism and rhetoric is cleared away, that Ben Carson’s job as President is this, and this alone: the subjugation of the individual for the purpose of eradicating the existential and moral affront which the individual’s presence presents to God’s Sovereignty. Only the abstraction of “God’s Will” is Truth. Only the abstraction of his “Sovereign Purpose” has a right to BE. The individual presents a direct challenge to God because he lays claim to his own existence. But this anomalous existence is one of depravity and insufficiency. Therefore it must be governed, and that’s what Ben Carson will do.
But always remember that within the collectivist mindset, which is Carson’s mindset I submit, Government is Authority and Authority is Force. To govern the individual is to compel his life in service to the collective abstraction. That is, to govern the individual, according to the collectivist metaphysic, is to destroy him.