The State is but one of the forms taken by Society in the course of history. How can one be confused with the other? On the other hand, the State has also been confused with Government. It seems to me, however, that State and Government represent two ideas of a different kind. The State idea implies quite another idea to that of Government. It not only includes the existence of a power placed above Society, but also a territorial concentration and a concentration of many functions of the life of Society in the hands of a few or even of all. It implies new relations among the members of society.
P. Kropotkin, “The State, Its Historical Role”