They seem to believe the States are the only things keeping humans from killing each other. They seem to believe people are one whim away from mass murder – and only the State keeps us from carrying it out.
What about the State does this? Its ability to punish? Its ability to watch everyone all the time? Or some other even more mystical property?
How do these people act when no employee of the State is present? Do they either cower in fear, or start running amok? Or, is it all an act on their part? A comfortable lie?