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Statism (or etatism) is a term assigned to political movements and trends that are seen as supporting the use of states to achieve goals, both economic and social. Economic statism, for instance, promotes the view that the state has a major and legitimate role in directing the economy, either directly through state-owned enterprises and other types of machinery of government, or indirectly through economic planning. It may refer to the ideology of statism that holds that:

Sovereignty  is vested not in the people but in the national state, and that all individuals and associations exist only to enhance the power, the prestige, and the well-being of the state. The concept of statism, which as seen as synonymous with the concept of nation, and corporatism repudiates individualism and exalts the nation as an organic body headed by the Supreme Leader and nurtured by unity, force, and discipline.

The term statism is sometimes used to refer to state capitalism or highly-regulated market economies with large amounts of government intervention. It is also used to refer to state socialism or co-operative economic systems that use the state, through nationalization, as a means of running industry.

Total statism can be described as situation in which the power of government (monopoly on violence) demands and enforces unrestrained SOVEREIGNTY both with respect to international relations — the relationship to the wider world — and with respect to domestic policy — its relationship to its own subjects. The state acknowledges no external or internal restraint on its power. The total state thrives, or stagnates, or collapses, but all on its own terms.

Statist : an advocate of statism


Written by Bill Hurst/ LaFonda Merrick

August 12, 2010 at 8:14 pm

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