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a school of political thought that treats the state as the highest product and goal of social development.

The principles of statism can be traced historically through many political doctrines. During the precapitalist period, they were used primarily as a substantiation and defense of absolutism; for example, Hobbes made use of statist notions in his doctrine of the state. Hegel asserted that the state is an end in itself and the highest of all goals. In bourgeois societies, it was originally believed that the state should have a limited role in the life of a country, and statism was a primarily antiliberal and anti-democratic doctrine propounded by reactionary sociopolitical forces demanding strong state power. The most extreme form of statism is fascism’s “total state.”

Anticommunists demagogically call the socialist system statist because of the important role that the state plays in socialist societies. In actuality the socialist state is not opposed to society or the individual; on the contrary, its objective is the creation of real opportunities for the comprehensive development of the individual. Its highest goal is the building of a communist society that has a communist form of social self-government.

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Bourgeois statist ideology interprets the term "people" to mean, the bourgeois state, while those who hold high the black banner of Bakunin-Kropotkin interpret the term "people" to be the working masses.
All the horrors he lists came about due to statist ideology rather than atheistic philosophy, and statism has its roots in the religious methodologies of fear and mind control, rather than the atheistic and humanistic values of reason and the dignity of the individual.
Shelley marked the beginning of the emergence of civil rights as an aggressively statist ideology.