Thinking about the moral justifications for monopoly on violence and realized a lot of them ultimately fall back on religion. The logical conclusion of most “that’s just the way it is” arguments is religious in form, at least, if not overtly so. Got me thinking: did the divine mandate ever really go away? Obviously it still determines the votes and consent to be governed of millions of westerners— especially Americans, so unfortunately many of whom are single-issue pro life voters— but to what extent is the divine right still the fundamental basis of at least American government? The traditional narrative is that the state gradually let this justification fall to the wayside in favor of a popular mandate construct. But in many ways it seems the logic justifying the existence and extent of the state is sort of implicitly religious. Thoughts?