In a private discussion, a statist reader of mine argues against my claim that really religious superstition is the universal basis for trust in government. He says that
the state demonstrably EXISTS, whereas god doesn't. Wrong metaphor.
If you want to look at it this way, God doesn't exist, and neither does Government. The personal entity to which people pay tribute, of which people say
the Government should do this or
the Government shouldn't do that, or
this is thanks to the Government or
this is because of the Government
-- this entity doesn't exist, it is a