From Nietzsche’s Zarathustra:
State is the name of the coldest of all cold monsters. Coldly it tells lies too: and this lie crawls out of its mouth: ‘I, the state, am the people.’ That is a lie! It was creators who created peoples and hung a faith and a love over them: thus they served life.
It is annihilators who set traps for the many and call them “state”: they hang a sword and a hundred appetites over them.
Where there is still a people, it does not understand the state and hates it as the evil eye and the sin against customs and rights.
This sign I give you: every people speaks its tongue of good and evil, which the neighbour does not understand. It has invented its own language of customs and rights. But the state tells lies in all the tongues of good and evil; and whatever it says it lies – and whatever it has it has stolen. Everything about it is false; it bites with stolen teeth, and bites easily. Even its entrails are false. Confusion of tongues of good and evil: this sign I give you as the sign of the state. Verily, this sign signifies the will to death. Verily, it beckons to the preachers of death.
Elsewhere: Chris Sheil at Backpages also muses about Nietzsche and the long battle for secularism, and Tim Dunlop at The Road to Surfdom wonders if God’s earthly servants might be overstating the case for values shifting votes…
Update: A different (albeit somewhat ranty) perspective on “values” from the always excellent Village Voice is worth a read, particularly for those concerned with the erosion of the liberal value of tolerance.