Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them?you create a nation of lawbreakers ? and then you cash in on guilt. Now that's the system, Mr. Rearden."
- Alisa Zinov'yevna Rosenbaum (also known as Ayn Rand) Atlas Shrugged
The modern state and government have one primary goal in mind: the maintenance and expansion of political power to horizontally and vertically regulate and tax every transaction of human behavior within its jurisdiction, individuals and firms alike. For America, that means the unfortunates living in the confines of the common geographical boundaries recognized as the US and it possessions and according to the IRS, any place on Earth an American holding current citizenship resides. The US has been a military garrison state since 1860 with short interregnums of less war-like times.