… is from page 482 of the 1981 Liberty Fund edition of the 1936 J. Kahane translation of Ludwig von Mises’s masterful 1922 work, Socialism; here Mises laments what he called “statolatry”:
The dogma that the State or the Government is the embodiment of all that is good and beneficial and that the individuals are wretched underlings, exclusively intent upon inflicting harm upon one another and badly in need of a guardian, is almost unchallenged. It is taboo to question it in the slightest way. He who proclaims the godliness of the State and the infallibility of its priests, the bureaucrats, is considered as an impartial student of the social sciences. All those raising objections are branded as biased and narrow-minded.