Folks, this is dangerous. Some writers have called the State a new religion, and, considering how statists have fought for expansion of State power since the turn of the 20th century, I'd say they're onto something. In different debates on the internet I've found a certain zeal among statists that's comparable to the zeal found in those who are deeply religious. Of course, there are no gatherings where State symbols are worshiped...well, not like a tent revival...well, maybe during conventions...but the politicians don't heal people...well, aside form Obamacare, I mean. Oh, what the hell, maybe they make a great point.
So, what is the State? Most online dictionaries, such as Oxford, define State as "a nation or territory considered as an organized political community under one government".
This is close to how I define State, especially as a political community. The State, though, is not the nation and it's not synonymous with government. Government props up and makes the State possible because we grant government a monopoly on force. We have a Constitution that's supposed to limit the power of government, thus limiting the power and influence of our organized political community, but that's been perverted. The State is official, also, and our designated officials represent our State, as if it is a person, globally to sign treaties and participate in the UN, IMF, WTO, the World Bank, etc. This representation is as specific as the term usually gets -- most definitions of State are abstract and fuzzy.
Because Constitutional limits no longer apply, and government basically empowers itself to the extent it can get by with, State as political community (a very nice description) grows in power as government grows in power. Because so much of society is politiczed, this political community called the State grows. The political community entails education, entertainment, media, energy, finance, healthcare, the military/industrial complex, the central bank, on and on. There's no where to turn to get away from the eyes and ears and influence and coercion of the State.
It's not a vast, coordinated conspiracy, although there is a lot of purposeful design -- it doesn't have to be. Hollywood takes its signals from the primary political party, the Democrats, so they insert their propaganda in plots and dialouges. The central bank understands political realities and acts accordingly, regardless of economic realities -- the financial industry knows the game and plays it to maintain their protected relationship. To empower the State, we have NSA, the IRS, the CIA, the FBI, the EPA, etc. Through this growing network of political connections, the State takes control of everything and sucks trillions of dollars from the private sector to finance itself and expand.
No, this is not God's work. Minions of the State going out in communities to push a government healthcare plan that will destroy quality healthcare in America and ultimately harm the very people it's ostensibly designed to help is not God's work. This is State work protected by government -- this is the growing political community spreading propaganda and feeding a monster that's grown out of control.