People versus the bureaucracy: In the new custodial order, citizenship is being replaced by compliance

People versus the bureaucracy: In the new custodial order, citizenship is being replaced by compliance. By the Z-Man.

“I really want to hassle [the unvaccinated]. And so, we will continue to do it, until the end,” said the president of France, Emmanuel Macron, in an interview about his Covid policies. This outraged the French, but with so many outrageous things happening every day, it was lost in the turbulence.

It was, however, an important admission. Macron makes it clear that as far as he is concerned, the unvaccinated are something other than citizens who have rights and protections as conventionally understood. Since noncitizens now have rights in a modern Western society, this means the people Macron is hassling are some new category of person or possibly not even people at all. …

The evolving nature of Western societies:

As the definition of the state has evolved with liberal democracy, the people’s relationship to those in charge of their societies is changing along with it.

In the old liberal order, a citizen was someone who could participate in the running of his government, either through voting or holding office. … The foundation of the liberal order was the individual. It was assumed that it was impossible to have a civil society without respecting the individual, as it was individual labor that made society possible. …

The new order is something different. As managerialism has slowly displaced the old liberal idea of government, the administrative state has slowly taken control of the relationship between the citizen and his government. The bureaucrats running the vast administrative state now make the rules and enforce them. The political class is a vestigial adornment to provide the veneer of legitimacy.

Without anyone noticing, a citizen went from being someone born into a country to someone who happens to be in the country. The French ethnicity, for example, stopped being people who are actually French, in the biological sense of it, and became anyone who happens to be in France and is under the control of the French bureaucracy. …


Covid has brought this change to the fore, but the pandemic is not a cause; rather, it’s an accelerant to trends dating to the last century. …

The panic over the Covid pandemic has been a great leap forward in this transformation of Western societies. There are those under the care, custody, and control of the administrative state and then there are those who are noncompliant. This is more than just a tick on an official form. It is a moral designation. This is why Macron brags about attacking the noncompliant. They deserve to be hassled.

Across the West, governments think it is perfectly normal to deny the noncompliant access to basic services. You see, things like restaurants, gyms, parks, and concert venues operate within the care, custody, and control of the administrative state, so it is perfectly logical to deny these things to the noncompliant. The noncompliant are choosing to otherize themselves, so they have no complaint.

Citizenship is now irrelevant. It’s whether you comply with the bureaucracy that determines your access to protection and whether you can participate in society.

This is not just a Covid phenomenon. The vaccine passports and other control mechanisms are part of the evolution of the administrative state. In the United States, people who fall outside of acceptable discourse are denied access to internet services and the financial system. Corporate actors are free to attack ordinary people because those people are outside the new moral order as defined by the administrative state.

In this new civil order, your status is measured by your compliance. Those ticking all of the right boxes get rewarded and protected. The noncompliant are considered outside the care, custody, and control of the administrative state, so they are afforded no protection by the system. …

It is not hard to see where this will lead. Soon, fidelity to Gaia will bring a new set of rules the compliant must accept. The climate deniers will not be allowed to buy produce until they pass a climate-change course. If you used the wrong pronoun in a Zoom meeting, your company can not only fire you, but report you to the appropriate agency, forcing you into a rehabilitation center for the gender-noncompliant.

It sounds ridiculous, but look at what is happening in corporate America. … The corporate class makes medical decisions for its staff, because they are part of the vast administrative state now. That means their employees are under their care, custody, and control. …

The West is now in the midst of a great transformation. The old liberal order of respect for the individual rights of the citizens as things they possess by nature of being alive is now giving way to a custodial order. In the old order, you were responsible for you. In the new managerial order, the administrative state is responsible for you.

Newsflash: It’s the people versus the bureaucracy.

The bureaucracy, with control over taxpayer funds and the ability to manufacture infinite money out of thin air, has bought most of the professional and managerial class. It has merged with the left mainstream party in most western countries. It is global, and a surprisingly high number of its leaders attended Klaus Schwab’s school and act in unison.