I see. States remain just as long as state violence is greater than the violence of people acting together to oppose the state. Or, you might say states are just until successful revolution. I respect that. If not, I would have to respect only the state that originally held a given territory and that would be...troublesome socially, I think.>>6929
I know...respect for rule of law is variable across state enforcers. But, I think I basically see the point, I needn't attempt to overthrow the government if they use violence. I may be respectful, but may not take personal initiative to further violence through this site. That is pretty typical of websites, I think.
And I know one can be too passive, perhaps, but I don't think I like violence a great deal.>>6931
My understanding is states are constructed to be more moral than an individual, at least. Whether states are absolutely moral is a harder question, some have wished to be regarded that way -- largely because leadership was connected to divinity. From a wide perspective, you have to explain a diversity in states -- why before two hundred years ago virtually every state was autocratic, and now most are some version of democratic, for example. Most would say autocratic states were less absolutely moral, I guess.