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The Magical Force of the State

I Tisoneoftheclassicfeaturesofpoliticalrealismthattheorganism knownastheStateisconceivedofasthecentralnervoussystemof

modempolitics.Becausethisisthecase,andbecauseSorelwasinan exactsensearealist,hesoughttoanchorhissystemofpoliticaltheory toananalysisoftheStateanditssubjects.Inthepresentperioditis nolongerpossibletosuppressthesignificanceoftheStatebymaintainingthatitservesasthecorporealmediumforexpressingdivine law,or,asisnowmorefashionablythecase,aspiritualmediumfor expressingnaturallaw.Nordoestheclassicliberalposture,inwhich theStateisrepresentedasaphilanthropicfusionguardingthemost sacredrightsofthecitizensononehandandtheprofanerightsof propertyontheother,offermuchcomfortinasituationinwhich bothpoliticalandeconomicpowerisconcentratedratherthan diversified.