quinta-feira, julho 04, 2013

Estato-sado-masoquismo

The State and BDSM:
There are obvious comparisons between BDSM and the State. BDSM can involve locking people in cages. Statism can involve locking people in cages. BDSM can involve electrocuting people (tasers/violet wand). Statism can involve electrocuting people (tasers/electric chair). BDSM can involve beatings. Statism can involve beatings. BDSM can involve a Dom micro-managing their sub’s life. Statism can involve a legislature micro-managing their citizen’s lives. BDSM can involve sadism, including bringing someone very near death (If the dynamic includes RACK). Statism can involve sadism including outright killing people, even children. BDSM can involve financial domination where someone’s finances are put under the control and supervision of someone else. Statism can involve financial domination where someone’s finances are put under the control and supervision of someone else.

I suspect there may also be similarities in the underlying motivations and emotions in Statism and BDSM. Within the division of labor of the modern State, different desires for domination can be played out only in certain roles. For instance, if someone is a sadist who enjoys hurting people they could join the police or the military. If they want a feeling of control or importance in some one’s life they might join the legislature or become a teacher depending on how they have thought about that desire and the way they want to express it. And then there are different departments for more specific kinks, some of which are only legal in the context of working for the State, like a pedophile working for the TSA. (Clearly not everyone who works in these areas necessarily has the related kink, but these departments give an outlet for people who do poses them. Not all TSA agents are pedophiles or vice-versa, but if someone is a pedophile, they’d have an incentive to join the TSA. Also, these desires are necessarily conscious desires.)

There are also examples of the State providing an outlet for submissive desires. Many submissives talk about liking a feeling of being protected or of security ..
Despite some outward, superficial similarities between BDSM and the State there is a huge, bright red line between them: consent.

BDSM is play, but without consent it can be abuse, or rape, or worse ..

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