"The nation state is merely human nature inflated to monstrous proportions. "
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844-1900)
Public DomainFriedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844-1900)

Dhondt becomes a voice piece for Nietzsche whose ideas are expressed, if in somewhat more rarefied terms, in The Will to Power.  Nietzsche pronounces that 'Not necessity, not desire - no, the love of power is the demon of men'. If the will to power dwells within every man, its exertion at a state level becomes so much more ruthless, since the mechanics of state are impersonal and therefore unfettered by sentimentality. In this sense Nietzsche believed that the action of a society as a whole, with all its savage ambition and brutality, is a far truer indication of the nature of mankind than that demonstrated by the individual.