When the State Assigns Blame

I left a major point out of the previous article on the comparison of the Romaniya, the Gypsy moral and legal code, to the modern state system of adversarial fault-finding.

If the following notion doesn’t blow some circuits in your head, I need to take another vacation, because I’ve lost my touch:

The Roma maintain their self-sufficiency precisely because they live accordingly to tribal remedy law; a community mandate to “make things good again” when dischord emerges, rather than strictly punishing and rewarding. This means learned and wise adult resolutions work because the adults seek to discover what decision the community will support. This means they work together and brainstorm until they hit upon the necessary remedy.

The state justifies its existence by intervening into disputes, and assigning punishments and reward that no-one in the community need support; the state has force of arms to back up its decisions.

The state therefore blocks the self-sufficiency of cultural groups, and provides a foundation for its existence. By convincing us to believe in Right and Wrong, blame and punishment, the state cripples our ability to think in terms of community balance and harmony.

Like all great marketing schemes, the state has fabricated something for us to worry over and sells us its solution in the same stroke: justice.

Without the state, we would have to revert back to remedy law.

For many tribal peoples, including the Roma, they have chosen as a people to find that balance between existing in hierarchy, and maintaining their freedom as wild, free families.

Written by Willem