"If we look beneath the surface of our public affairs, we can discern one fundamental fact: namely, a great redistribution of power between society and the State..."It is unfortunately none too well understood that, just as the State has no money of its own, so it has no power of its own. All the power it has is what society gives it, plus what it confiscates from time to time on one pretext or another; there is no other source from which State power can be drawn. Therefore every assumption of State power, whether by gift or seizure, leaves society with so much less power. There is never, nor can there be, any strengthening of State power without a corresponding and roughly equivalent depletion of social power..."Heretofore in this country sudden crises of misfortune have been met by a mobilization of social power. In fact (except for certain institutional enterprises like the home for the aged, the lunatic asylum, city hospital and county poorhouse), destitution, unemployment, 'depression' and similar ills have been no concern of the State but have been relieved by the application of social power."
"Thus the State 'turns every contingency into a resource' for accumulating power in itself, always at the expense of social power; and with this it develops a habit of acquiescence in the people. New generations appear, each temperamentally adjusted – or as I believe our American glossary now has it, 'conditioned' – to new increments of State power, and they tend to take the process of continuous accumulation as quite in order."