I think you are being flippant here. But seriously I read this book, that you might enjoy. It’s called The Time Falling Bodies Take to Light. The purpose of which is to trace the development of civilization over the past 10,000 years from Sumer to now. The author points out that civilizations are not possible without surplus, and once surplus develops, what is critical is protecting it.
- He provides a theory of how the balance of power shifted from female to male, with the creation of surplus. Women, he posits were the creators of wealth via surplus. And having this power, women ran their small communities, like families. Everyone was related, and power ran through matriarchal lines.
- But as those surpluses became larger and larger, men developed a role in protecting those surpluses — and then that role turned into expanding the small community into a civilization, which required militarization, to keep everything in order and safe and continuously expanding. And with that the matriarchy turned into the patriarchy, with power running through patriarchal lines. Of course it’s a bit more complex than explained above, but you get the gist.
You mock about how you have taken steps to keep your surplus safe, but what if there were no laws? No police? No lawyers? No mechanisms in place to keep your surplus relatively safe, from those who might want it? How would you protect it? You would try via brute force or weapons (hence the second amendment obsession.)
Why do kings need armies? Why is there a saying that the true power lies with whoever controls the army? And to think of how quickly Trump realized that.