If the state’s existence is no longer to be preserved in such a way that great individuals can live within it, what will then arise is the terrifying state filled with misery, the pirate state in which the strongest individuals take the place of the best. ... The task of the state is to make it generally possible for one to live well and beautifully therein. Its task is to furnish the basis of a culture. In short, a nobler humanity is the goal of the state. Its goal lies outside of itself. The state is a means.
-- Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, from "Philosophy and Truth: Selections from Friedrich Nietzsche's Notebooks of the Early 1870s" edited and translated by Daniel Breazeale