Is statism evil? Absolutely, positively, and unexceptionably. As an anarcho-capitalist, I would go so far as to argue any state itself is intrinsically evil.
But I reserve a considerable amount of sympathy for the run-of-the-mill individual statist, certainly more than most of the libertarian folks on LewRockwell.com. By this, I don’t mean the narcissistic creeps running the government itself, but regular folks who don't think much about politics, or if they do, don't have the time or inclination to think outside of the carefully crafted MSNBC, NY Times, FOX News, Washington Post bubble.
If you'll excuse the personal note, my "story" is a big reason why I feel this way. I had the luxury of growing up with wonderful intellectual and moral influences. My grandfather, a top-flight architect working for the Egyptian government, saw the corruption and lies of the Egyptian state firsthand. My mother, the person whom I admire most, learned to despise war from an early age from her childhood memories of the Six-Day War. My father, born in a Nebraska farming town, meshes a strong work ethic and beautiful sense of compassion for all individuals similar to the "bleeding heart" free-market defense made by the gentle Ron Paul. All of these individuals contributed to my perception of liberty in their own unique way.