Our Loving Masters

The Genocider

Take Geore Bernard Shaw, for instance. Quoted below from the progressively-minded George Bernard Shaw Was so Enamored with Socialism He Advocated Genocide to Advance It:


Blindly accepting Communist propaganda, Shaw argued that the dictator was forced to organize mass executions to keep the country safe from “exploiters and speculators.” Mass murders were also necessary to maintain a competent workforce. As Shaw wrote in 1933, the “unfortunate Commissar” must shoot his own workers “so that he might the more impressively ask the rest of the staff whether they yet grasped the fact that orders are meant to be executed.”

But killing the disobedient and inefficient was only the first step in building a better society. Shaw also advocated for a far-reaching eugenics program. “[I]f we desire a certain type of civilization and culture,” he wrote, “we must exterminate the sort of people who do not fit into it.” This included a whole range of “defectives.”

In a 1931 newsreel, he excitedly echoed Nazi sentiment, stating,

If you can’t justify your existence, if you’re not pulling your weight … then clearly, we cannot use the organizations of society for the purpose of keeping you alive, because your life does not benefit us and it can’t be of very much use to you.

But his murderous impulses didn’t stop there. A considerable number of people, Shaw argued in 1948, will never toe the line and are therefore no use to the rest of society. “[T]he ungovernables, the ferocious, the conscienceless, the idiots, the self-centered myops and morons, what of them?” he asked rhetorically. “Do not punish them. Kill, kill, kill, kill, kill them.”


But no matter. Shaw hated Christianity, loved collectivism (both Red and Black), despised sexual restraint, and longed for Masters with absolute power.

Therefore, he will always and forever be beloved by Our Masters.

Nonetheless, Shaw was also a steadfast critic of capitalism and “Victorian” social values. His fiery denunciations of wealth inequality and traditional sexual morality resonate well with modern progressives. For them, an individual’s adherence to socialist orthodoxy is enough to absolve him of almost any crime.

From George Bernard Shaw Was so Enamored with Socialism He Advocated Genocide to Advance It,by Tyler Curtis

Mr. Curtis is mistaken. Shaw backs criminal oppression and mass murder and large-scale theft and the sterile sodomic society, and therefore he is beloved by Our Masters.

The Faker

Imagine a world in which individuals based their opinions on reason. Now, it is all but a certainty that human beings will at times fail to use logic in their thinking and arrive at conclusions that don’t make any sense. However, reason is a tool that, when applied correctly to a problem, forces individuals to accept its outcome. This is best explained by a simple example: it is impossible to believe that 2+2 is anything but 4. In writing this, I could attempt to persuade you that the correct solution is actually 5, but reason and logic force both of us to acknowledge the factual accuracy of four as the sum.

Unfortunately, human beings have created institutions and social networks that will ignore facts for us. These anti-factual and anti-reason organizations can broadly be called religion.

Replacing Religion: How Secularism Has Failed and How It Can Succeed by Kilian Korth

As we all know, 2 + 2 = 4… until the Politically Correct decide that it actually equals 5.

Just like men aren’t women…. until the Establishment says that it does.

And that things can’t make themselves, no matter how many billions of years you toss at hem… until the Right Sort says that it does.

But no matter: so long as such proclamations are framed in an anti-religious narrative, we can be confident that Korth will agree.

Because, after all, we all know that supernatural religions (as opposed to naturalistic religions, such as Darwinism and Marxism) is the main opponent to the Eternal Visionary Rule of Our Noble Atheistic Masters. Religion — most definitely and especially including Christianity — is the fundamental source of all evil in this world.

And once the central core of all evil has been disposed of – see Shaw for details — then the Wonderful World of the Future will surely arise!

Most atheists believe religion contains nothing of value. Indeed, one of the most popular atheist pioneers of our time, Richard Dawkins, has dismissed religion as nothing more than a “mind virus.” While I am in awe of many of Dawkins’ achievements,

Replacing Religion: How Secularism Has Failed and How It Can Succeed by Kilian Korth

He of the obsolete concept of the selfish gene and memetic theory? I love the 1980s too, but I have no intention of staying there!

While I am in awe of many of Dawkins’ achievements, he and most other prominent atheists and secularists miss what actually is of value in religion. Though I would agree with the assertion that religion is the greatest evil to ever befall humanity,

Replacing Religion: How Secularism Has Failed and How It Can Succeed by Kilian Korth

And we all know how to deal with diseased, worthless Christian filth, now don’t we?

Shaw certainly did.

Though I would agree with the assertion that religion is the greatest evil to ever befall humanity, there are also kernels of value in religious thinking and practice. And these kernels are what keep people in the thralls of faith.

Replacing Religion: How Secularism Has Failed and How It Can Succeed by Kilian Korth

Not logic, not truth, not compassion, not a respect for mercy, not a thirst for justice.

You know: the things Christ has, and Shaw (or Darwin, or Stalin, or Dawkins, and the rest of the Loving Masters) take pride in flinging in the garbage can.

Christians should remember what Our Masters are blind to: evil does not reside in a particular ideology, a particular race, a certain nationality, a unique religion.

Evil reside in the heart of every sinful man. Even Christian hearts, so long as they live as sinners on this earth.

But of course, Shaw, Korth, and the rest of Our Loving Masters have no time for an Eternal Law Applied to ALL, or the Protection of the Innocent, or the idea of Mighty Men being subjected to a Higher Power – a Power that raises up, and casts down, just as He pleases.

They had their murderous and vicious power and pleasures, back in the 20th century. Let them rot there.

For a secular movement to truly succeed worldwide, atheists and those opposed to religion must acknowledge the real value inherent in some religious traditions. The transcendental experience of religion has profound effects on human beings. I too was doubtful of that fact, until I discovered meditation and psychedelics. Indeed the first time I took magic mushrooms, had I been religious I would have been entirely convinced that I had interacted with God himself. Secularism must embrace these experiences and work to provide a framework for people to find meaning outside of ancient holy books. If not, religion will never be defeated.

Replacing Religion: How Secularism Has Failed and How It Can Succeed by Kilian Korth

Korth insists that religion is interchangeable with mystical experiences, attainable via drugs. “The value of religion is in its ability to please me with mystical emotions.”

It’s all about ME!

Not truth.

Not law.

Not service to others.

Not humility before the Lord.

Me. ME. ME!

Muslims are a lot wiser than this… which is why they will still be around centuries from now, even as these secularists are so much dust.

(And we all know why he is retreating into mysticism: the atheist high point has passed, and now, discredited, is in sharp decline. And so, the Flight into Fantasy.)

And perhaps we have now arrived at the greatest crime of religion overall: indoctrination.

Replacing Religion: How Secularism Has Failed and How It Can Succeed by Kilian Korth

A.k.a. Fathers teaching their children, instead of Certified Atheistic Professionals.

“Who owns all things?”

“The State!”

“In whose name?”

“The People!”

“And who directs the State?”

“The Right Sort!”

I choose to worship a different God, than that Korth does. I am simply unwilling to fear men – even atheistic men – rather than fear God.

I’m sure that Shaw has a cure in mind, for people like me.

Unsurprisingly, that abortion is not seen as a crime, while homeschooling is. But Secularism was always a parasitic ideology, stealing Christian children for itself.

Or nowadays, relying on Christians to voluntarily donate their children to the atheistic, pointedly anti-Christian secularist schooling system.

Had Christians taken ownership of their children, and were serious about raising them under the will of God, they would have won the Western Cultural War decades ago. “But who cares about winning, when we can dump our children before the feet of those who despise us, and get more free time to pleasure ourselves today?”

If one is to truly believe in Christianity or Islam, then no questions about the nature of the universe remain.

Replacing Religion: How Secularism Has Failed and How It Can Succeed by Kilian Korth

Let’s carefully ignore the vast number of Christians who kick-started the scientific enterprise.

And let’s not talk about websites such as Uncommon Descent and Creation-Evolution Headlines.

But Secularism was always based on lies.

Andi t’s always more useful to stick to the talking points, than notice what’s happening in front of your nose.

In the past, humanity had the horrific experience of witnessing and suffering under communist regimes. Religious individuals will often point to the crimes of communism as done in the name of atheism or secularism. However, communism simply replaced religious ideology as an inflexible, rigid and cruel doctrine.

Replacing Religion: How Secularism Has Failed and How It Can Succeed by Kilian Korth

And exactly what is wrong with an “inflexible, rigid and cruel doctrine”?

The fact that you don’t like it?

I personally despise the comprehensive dehumanization, hatred for the rule of law, and contempt for liberty that atheist have. But I’m confident that Shaw – and many influential and powerful atheists in history – have a cure for my religious convictions: “the little lead pill”.

After all, we all know that religious people Christians are the Source of All Evil. Not some flaw that resides in the heart of all men – except atheists, of course.

“No man, no problem.”

One of the facts many atheists and skeptics are loathe to confront is that many studies have found that religious people live longer.

Replacing Religion: How Secularism Has Failed and How It Can Succeed by Kilian Korth

I bet that Shaw has a cure for that unfortunate anominality.

And why not? The Actions of the People are not to be judged by disgusting Christian conceptions and prejudices, after all, but in how useful and efficient cruelty, oppression, mass theft, and mass murder can be for The Good of the Collective.

As determined by the Right Sort.

People like Korth, say.

Many will argue that the results are muddled. However, it seems likely that being involved in a community and engaging in some sort of spiritual practice that may put one into a sort of meditative state could have immensely positive life effects.

Replacing Religion: How Secularism Has Failed and How It Can Succeed by Kilian Korth

The day of mass murder – excluding the mass murder of the unborn – is largely past… to the great sorrow of the Right Sort. And they can’t get at the Muslims (or disobedient Christians… or those Orthodox Jews with their four-kids-per-couple families) who stand outside their tiny little carving knives.

So, facing a fading future, it’s time for the drugs and the mysticism.

To combat the ill effects of religion while maintaining the positive ones,

Replacing Religion: How Secularism Has Failed and How It Can Succeed by Kilian Korth

The desire to steal is inherit in atheism. And Socialism, itself a pathetic mockery-copy of Christianity. Or Islam itself, which is best described as a Christian heresy.

ThankGod, I need nothing from atheism. Or the State-adoring Endarkenment. Or, for that matter, the whorish, anti-God Catholic Church which destroyed the unity of Western Christianity in the name of raising fund to build St Peter’s Cathedral, with it’s selling of salvation.

The Catholics got the mighty pile of bricks they wanted.
And God got what he wanted, too.

Same deal with the atheists, who have largely got what they wanted in the West – short of the escapade of mass murder they enjoyed in the Soviet Union, where they finally got to deal with Christian filth in the way they always wanted to.

(And took the greatest pleasure in, as well. Gotta dump those pesky Christian restrictions on sexual pleasure, as both the anti-Christian Beria and the anti-Christian Marquis de Sade would say!

“Religion – most definitely, primarily, Christianity — is the source of all evil in this world.”

And we all know how we should deal with unrepentant evil men, women, and children, now don’t we?)

Furthermore, secularism must accept and value the contemplative or religious experience. Instead of encouraging these valuable experiences through the auspices of organized religion, secularism should open itself to a spirituality unshackled by anything supernatural. Capitalist societies in the West often leave little time for contemplation, introspection, and gratitude. We are sold a materialist story, even though societies long ago discovered that material means are not the secret to happiness.

Replacing Religion: How Secularism Has Failed and How It Can Succeed by Kilian Korth

As any atheistic materialist could tell you, the material world – “energy, matter, and time” is all there is.

“I suppose that a properly drugged-out population may help with centralizing control in the hands of the Right Sort, though.”

Reason cannot fall by the wayside, as it has with phony religious replacements like social justice or communism, but the secular movement must step into an uncomfortable place and own what is of value in religious tradition: establishing a connection to the universe and the natural world around us.

Replacing Religion: How Secularism Has Failed and How It Can Succeed by Kilian Korth

And exactly why should we established such a (pharmaceutical) connection?

Because it helps secure the dominance and comfort of the Right Sort!

The fact that such a connection is as essentially meaningless as any other in a meaningless universe is beside the point. Mysticism can be used to secure power and dominance: therefore, it is useful.

There’s just no need to make the illogical jump that the connection is facilitated by a fairy in the sky.

Replacing Religion: How Secularism Has Failed and How It Can Succeed by Kilian Korth

Malice and contempt for Christians is what drives secularists. Everything else is merely a cover story.

Shaw — and the behavior of atheists, once they gain the power over Christians that they lust for — is sufficient evidence. But often enough, the mask slips when you simply let them talk long enough.

Take the hint, before you feel the lash. Or the Little Red Pill, the certain cure for “the evil filth of the world: Christians.”

Lesson learned: either rule yourself, Christian, or be ruled by those who despise everything you are, intensely hate everything you say, and wish to steal everything you have.

It’s long past time to get at least as serious, at least as committed, as your enemies are.

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The Christian Technologist & Craftsman

Recently, Chalcedon gave a good post, tailored to the need of Christian technologists, craftsmen, and other specialists who plan to use their brains and hands and tools to expand the Kingdom of God.

Extensively quoted below, from Martin G. Selbrede’s article The Smiths of Zechariah:


It’s not without reason that R. J. Rushdoony’s comments on Zech. 1:18–21 continue to speak to our era. The passage is addressed to God’s embattled flock, surrounded on all sides by enemies (the “four horns” of verse 18) intent on scattering her. God’s people “had begun their task of reconstruction,” but “their efforts at reconstruction seemed feeble … and they were deeply discouraged … As they turned from one side to the other they saw only hostility” for “they were totally encircled by enemies. They were a handful, some 40,000 against millions.” God acknowledges to His people that “indeed, you are surrounded by power.”1

God appoints four smiths or craftsmen, viz., workers in wood, iron, and stone (rendered “carpenters” in the KJV) to fray the horns, or as Rushdoony puts it, to “dehorn every horn.” Rushdoony entitled this vision “For Every Oppressor a Destroyer,” summarizing it thus: “The powers are around you but God has already appointed the destroyers. Have no fear. Your task, therefore, awaits you.” God has appointed the means for destroying those hostile to His Kingdom.

Rushdoony prefaces his discussion of this vision by pointing out the “two great evils that have characterized human activities in culture after culture and plague us even in the Church.” These are quietism (which degenerates into a mysticism leading to a “total withdrawal from all things”) and the “kind of activism that feels a responsibility for the whole world” that amounts to playing God, requiring perpetual vigilance to prevent the world from disintegrating. Both evils involve the individual in identifying themselves as God (either in ceaseless action or in transcendent unconcern), which Rushdoony illustrates.

The activist believes “the world will not function if they do not keep up their perpetual concern, their perpetual activism. Such activism is, of course, playing at being God. It is wrong and it is foolish.” We will return to this point of Rushdoony’s shortly, but we must also note what other commentators have seen in this vision concerning the fraying of the horns, what W. S. Lewis calls the peculiar nature and peculiar instrument of God’s defense against the horns:

Not other “horns” to push against these; not other men of war to overcome these; but artificers only, men of peace.2

Lewis suggests that “the best defence at that time to God’s people” was to be “engaged in building,” and that this is the appointed means for toppling all the horns of the enemy: faithfulness. In other words, not by might nor by power but by what Rushdoony elsewhere called “the spirit-filled men.”3 The task of building, of reconstruction, ultimately voids and breaks the power of God’s enemies. The word translated “smiths,” charashim, involves skilled work done quietly:

charashim … denotes silent thought or attention; [in some forms] to contrive, devise in silence; hence applied as a noun to an artificer of any kind, and to any work which disposes to silent attention. Thus, to potters wares, Lev. 6:28; Job 2:8; and in many other places. So also to plowing, Deut. 22:10; Prov. 20:4, which requires constant attention to make “the right-lined furrow.” Let it be remembered that in ancient times such works were more esteemed than the useless ones we have learned to admire.4

[…]

1. Quotations taken from the second chapter of Dr. R. J. Rushdoony’s commentary on Zechariah, forthcoming.

2. Spence, H. D. M. and Joseph S. Exell, ed., The Pulpit Commentary (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1950), vol. 14, chapter on Zechariah by W. J. Deane and W. S. Lewis, p. 9.

3. Rushdoony, Rousas John, Exodus (Vallecito, CA: Ross House Books, 2004), pp. 457–461.   

4. Clarke, Adam, Bible Commentary (New York, NY: Abingdom Press, n.d.), vol. 4, p. 771.


“For Every Oppressor a Destroyer.”

I like the sound of that.

Every Christian should.

Not other “horns” to push against these; not other men of war to overcome these; but artificers only, men of peace.

We are not Muslims, and we are not Secularists.

We are Christians.

So let us fight – and win – as Christians, Servants of the King.

Atheists Dump Darwin

PIt looks like Our Secularist Masters are starting to ditch Darwin. A few are even talking and posing like broad-minded free speech warriors – after shutting down Christian opposition to Darwin, of course. Like it matters now, as the Darwinians have already shifted science from “the search for truth, whatever it may be” into “protect my atheistic presuppositions.”

The only real change is a new band of fresh, new, reality-denying (“gender is a construct!”) anti-Christians taking over from the aging, comfortable, reality-denying (“things create themselves!”) anti-Christians.

Despite this, I am confident that the scientific endeavor will continue. Without government funding, and without media support, and outside the Academy, which will openly become nothing but the Statist-Progressive ideology re-education centres they always were implicitly.

After all, it was the Darwinians who insisted that “humans are just a pack of animals“: modern liberals have merely taken this explicitly anti-Christian viewpoint, and pushed it forward.

This lack of support and funding will hurt reality-seeking (as opposed to cowardly grant-seeking and tenure-seeking) scientists for the next generation.

I happen to believe that truth-seeking researchers — especially the toughened Christian ones, who have adopted to life outside of the sheltered and protected Inner Ring — will keep their integrity and bravery, stay optimistic, continue to work hard, and maintain standards for evidence tied to testable reality, not a self-adoring, anti-reality ideology.

Such scientists will build a great deal of strength, which will be needed to face the even tougher challenges of the future.

More knowledge + More power + More determination = Even greater challenges sent by God to test and purify and strengthen your mind and spirit!

Postscript: Did you really think that these delusional, self-destructive atheistic fools — both the “things make themselves” and “my feelings and my words shapes reality” types — were the main enemy?

Please!

These Mighty Enemies, backed by the Right Sort, are just teddy bears, toys to build up the strength and discipline needed for the real challenges coming to us in the future!

Stop whining, dump the fear, and get serious.

Fight and fail greatly, learn & teach,

Fight and fail somewhat, learn & teach,

Fught and win a bit, learn & teach,

Fight and win mostly, learn & teach,

Fight and win totally.

Praise the Lord!

And on to the next stronghold of Satan,
with a grin and a sledgehammer.

(After all, why do you think Darwin is being abandoned by the atheists?
Because the Right Sort said to do it?

NO!

Darwin is on his way out, because

  1. Committed Christians point-blank refused to give up, and refused to be intimidated into silence.
  2. The truth will come out.
  3. The refusal to kneel to lies and falsehood delivers results… eventually. After a price has been paid.

In the meantime, Peter Vlaming is my new hero.  “Let the lie come into the world, let it even triumph. But not through me,”  Alexander Solzhenitsyn wrote in Cancer Ward.  Vlaming is the teacher in the Virginia case.  He lived Solzhenitsyn’s dictum in real time, and he refused to knuckle under to the tyranny of the progressives who dominated the school board.  And he suffered for it.  Solzhenitsyn would not have been surprised.  Indeed, he predicted this very thing, because he, of all people, knew that refusing to participate in lies would be costly.  In Live Not by Lies he wrote:

And the simplest and most accessible key to our self-neglected liberation lies right here: Personal non-participation in lies. Though lies conceal everything, though lies embrace everything, we will be obstinate in this smallest of matters: Let them embrace everything, but not with any help from me . . .

Some, at first, will lose their jobs. For young people who want to live with truth, this will, in the beginning, complicate their young lives very much, because the required recitations are stuffed with lies, and it is necessary to make a choice.

But there are no loopholes for anybody who wants to be honest: On any given day any one of us will be confronted with at least one of the above-mentioned choices even in the most secure of the technical sciences. Either truth or falsehood: Toward spiritual independence, or toward spiritual servitude.

And he who is not sufficiently courageous even to defend his soul — don’t let him be proud of his “progressive” views, and don’t let him boast that he is an academician or a people’s artist, a merited figure, or a general –let him say to himself: I am in the herd, and a coward. It’s all the same to me as long as I’m fed and warm. . . .

You say it will not be easy? But it will be easiest of all possible resources. It will not be an easy choice for a body, but it is only one for a soul. No, it is not an easy path. But there are already people, even dozens of them, who over the years have maintained all these points and live by the truth.

So you will not be the first to take this path, but will join those who have already taken it. This path will be easier and shorter for all of us if we take it by mutual efforts and in close rank. If there are thousands of us, they will not be able to do anything with us. If there are tens of thousands of us, then we would not even recognize our country.

If we are too frightened, then we should stop complaining that someone is suffocating us. We ourselves are doing it. Let us then bow down even more, let us wait, and our brothers the biologists will help to bring nearer the day when they are able to read our thoughts are worthless and hopeless.

And if we get cold feet, even taking this step, then we are worthless and hopeless, and the scorn of Pushkin should be directed to us:

“Why should cattle have the gifts of freedom?

“Their heritage from generation to generation is the belled yoke and the lash.”

From Refusing to Participate in a Lie Can be Costly; Just Ask Peter Vlaming
by
Barry Arrington

Christians are not called to be cattle.

Christians are called to be free.

And God spoke all these words, saying

“I am the Lord your God,
who brought you out of the land of Egypt,
out of the house of slavery.

You shall have no other gods before me.”

Exodus 20:1-3, English Standard Version

How Christianity Invented the Future

Just some comments on the original article, How Christianity Invented the Future by Bojidar Marinov. It’s derived from the post from my Traveller sci-fi blog, with some fictional elements deleted.

Even if you go to Wikipedia and read the article on “Future,” you will see that that article is quite short, with a few sketchy paragraphs on each of the disciplines of physics, philosophy, and religion, and half of the article devoted to side issues like art styles, and music and literary genres that have adopted the concept as foundational (like futurism and science fiction). It even lacks serious references for additional reading: no books, only a few references to marginal encyclopedias and newspaper articles. To compare, the article on “Mysticism,” for example, is about 8 times longer, very detailed and comprehensive, and has about 150 references, all to serious academic studies.

So, despite the enormous importance of the Future as a concept to our civilization (and to our storytelling), Academia doesn’t like to define it as a philosophical concept.

Can you guess why?

Now, there is a good reason why modern philosophy – especially modern secular philosophy – is incapable of even beginning to define the concept of the future. That reason is that modern philosophy has fallen victim to its foundational premise: that whatever definition or logical rule we use, it cannot refer us us back to anything supernatural, or to any other and higher reason or mind outside and above the human mind and human experience. Everything man uses to define himself and the world around himself must be based on “natural” assumptions, meaning naturalistic assumptions. All the foundations for our definitions must be grounded in man’s direct sensory experience. You know the regular atheist excuse for an argument: “If I can’t see your God, then He is either non-existent or irrelevant.” Philosophers know that such excuse is rather primitive and low-brow, and they seldom use it directly, it is still, as a philosophical presupposition, embedded deeply into the modern secular thought. So when it comes to definitions of things that require some open display of non-sensory faith, philosophers are rather timid to take up the challenge.

“I can’t touch the future: therefore, it doesn’t exist!”

And it is not just modern secular philosophers. All pagan religions follow the same pattern. Well, of course, all pagan religions are by default naturalistic, given that their “gods” are simply part of the universe itself, and therefore are under the same limitations as man in terms of definitions. How can a pagan god, limited in his very being to the position of simply another being within space and time, experience the future so that he can define it? … So pagan religions never talk about the future, it is never a concept that they either define or visualize. In fact, to a great extent, it is something they are afraid of.

[My Traveller sci-fi chat deleted – AP]

[Marinov discusses the Aeneid, a beautiful Roman work that is grounded in the fear of the future.]

Then what was the promise for the people of Rome in it, and what was the appeal of Octavian’s reign? It was not progress. It was stagnation. The more things changed before that, the worse the world had become. Octavian came with the promise that nothing will ever change again. The old golden age was gone. A new one was not coming. The only hope was that time would somehow freeze and there won’t be future. And that’s what Octavian promised to do. In fact, that was a major part of his propaganda campaign. His main adversary, Mark Anthony, served him with the main propaganda pitch by fleeing to Egypt and becoming a lover to Cleopatra; all that Octavian had to do is declare that Anthony wanted to introduce changes, and bring Egyptian customs to Rome. Right there, Anthony lost all his appeal with the people of Rome. No one wanted changes. Everyone was afraid of what the future would bring. Octavian’s promise of eternal stability and no future changes was all that the people wanted.

[An anti-future sci-fi space empire] started exactly when the Western Roman Empire fell, in AD 473.

“Coincidence? I think not!”

They hated the future and change so much that whenever anything new appeared, they made sure they destroyed it. When an inventor showed Emperor Tiberius a new metal he created out of dust – which must have been aluminum – Tiberius had him executed. The steam engine was known for two centuries in the ancient world but no attempts have been made to put it to productive use. The Chinese culture made an amazing number of discoveries very early in its history, and yet, the government and the culture never applied them to mass use, and in fact, by the early 20th century, the average Chinese lived no differently than his ancestors 20 centuries earlier. And I am sure I don’t have to explain to my listeners the Buddhist and Zen-Buddhist views on time. In short, time is an illusion for them. As is all existence, of course.

The Jews, of course, were the sore thumb. They not only believed in time, they eagerly expected the future. They counted the years to that future. Their prophets tried to examine it, and some even to fast forward to it. Some, like Simeon and Hannah, lived in the Temple waiting to see the future. But their view was still stagnant. Given that the future was focused on a specific single event: the coming of the Messiah. What after that? The Jews didn’t know.

Marinov is correct… but don’t count out the Orthodox Jews just yet. With four kids per couple, they are still a people with a plan for the future!

Christ not only delivered the redemption. He also delivered a view of the future shocking to everyone, including the Jews. On one hand, he was the fulfillment of the expectations of the Jews. On the other hand, however, he was the destruction of their expectations. From a Jewish perspective, history was supposed to end right there, at the coming of the Messiah. He was supposed to defeat His enemies and establish the Throne of David, and rule over the world. And the world was supposed to enter the same stagnant state that the Aeneid postulated about the reign of Augustus: everything would be perfect, nothing would change anymore. That’s what the disciples expected of Jesus, as is obvious from their reactions to His eschatological passages: “Are you going to restore the Kingdom now?” Or, “Who of us will be greater in the coming Kingdom?”

Jesus, however, had a different view of the future, one that would shock both Gentiles and Jews. He scandalized the Gentiles by saying all their past to which they clung so religiously was nothing. That the future was that mattered. That change is not demonic and dark, but is the only way they can enter the Kingdom of God and find purpose. That God had prepared for them – if they trusted in Him – unspeakable blessings, that the past knew nothing about. All your poets, philosophers, kings, heroes, gods and semi-gods were blind. There was no Golden Age in your past. The future is what matters.

Especially the Far Future, as any believing Christian could tell you.

All believing, victory-oriented Christians can agree: leave the Golden Age conservative whining for the pagans.

That was a war. When you read all the Roman edicts against the Christians, what is the main argument there, sometimes repeated three or four times in the same edict? That Christians did not follow the ancient ways and did not honor the past and the ancestors. They had higher expectations of something the Gentiles did not understand: the future.

The Rapture-ready masses, fearful of the future, have FAR more in common with the pagans than they think.

The scandal was much graver for the Jews, however. They were OK with a faith in the future. The scandal that Jesus brought to them was not that the future is important. It was that the event they have been waiting for was not the end of history but rather its beginning.

The Jews, in the end, were just a door God used to physically get into History.

Still, there is something about them… after all, it is God that opens the womb, and it is the Orthodox Jews — not White Americans or Black Americans or even Christian Americans — who are having the kids.

Something to consider, hmm?

Either way, the vision Jesus introduced of the future was a shocking novelty, and Christians were specifically persecuted for it. We won’t understand it unless we understand that for the pagan world, the future was demonic and was to be feared. In fact, all change was demonic and was to be feared. And here was this new religion which not only disrespected the past but it also promised cosmic and gigantic changes on earth, and its followers were actively involved to make those changes and to build that new civilization they wanted, the Kingdom of God. They were somehow sure that those changes would bring something new and better, and were so committed to bring them about that they were willing to die for the privilege. Even an avowed enemy of Christianity like Karl Marx acknowledged this unique view of history and the future. In his address to the Hague Congress in 1872, he said the following (take note of the language of “new” and “old”):

Someday the worker must seize political power in order to build up the new organization of labor; he must overthrow the old politics which sustain the old institutions, if he is not to lose Heaven on Earth, like the old Christians who neglected and despised politics.

That’s where he got his idea of change and optimism for the future: from the Biblical idea of Heaven on Earth. And then he rightly mocks Christians for abandoning their own idea

There was a time when Christians walked with their head up high, shaping the future. Instead of crawling on our bellies before Our Betters, begging for mercy, hoping that things will Just Stop Changing.

It’s long past time to straighten our spine, and walk upright like a man. Rather than crawl and beg like a dog.

But the reality is, before modern Christians abandoned that idea, the only bearer of a true concept of the future – or of any concept of the future at all – was Christianity. Everywhere where Christianity touched, it was met with opposition not so because people were hostile to the idea of a Savior Who gave His life for His people, but because they realized that Christianity meant death to their concept of history. It demanded a full break up with the past, a full commitment to the future, and an uncompromising belief in the benefits of change. Any change. In culture after culture, we see the same motif as we saw in the Roman edicts against Christians: “Christians abandon the heritage of the past and dishonor the ancestors.” When King Boris I moved to Christianize Bulgaria in the 9th century, that was the only objection of his nobles: This is a war against our past. And my native country wasn’t an exception. No matter where you are from, when you look back at the history of your ancestors, you will see the same pagan refrain: Your Christianity dishonors our past.

Yes, it does. It does it because it presents to you a God who is above time and has created time, and He controls past and present and future. And He commands you to abandon your past and your pagan heritage, and instead of heritage and looking back, He invites you to adopt a hope, a faith, and looking forward. Your past is worth nothing

[Sci-fi chat about a vast space empire that tried to stop the future from arriving… and failed.]

What is worth everything is the things that God has prepared for you, what no eye has seen and no ear has heard, and no human mind has conceived (Isaiah. 64:4; 1 Cor. 2:9). Christianity radically shifted the focus of men from the past to the future, and thus created a radically new mentality, one that has never existed before. And it scared the daylights out of the pagan culture. Or, rather, scared the darkness out of it. You want to know where the original idea of progressivism came? It was from Christianity. Modern Progressives have simply stolen the idea and have stripped it of its Christian roots. And, they have only done it because Christians have abandoned the idea of progress.

When Christians start looking to the Far Future with confidence, instead of a craven and cowardly fear, they will rise to be what they should have always been.

If want to know what a culture thinks of the future, see how it treats its young people. Does it trash them, bash them, and distrust them? That culture has lost its vision of the future. Does it trust them, uplift them, encourage them, arms them with purpose and vision? That culture has broken its chains with the past, has abandoned its idolatry of the ancestors, and has adopted an optimistic outlook.

It is for this reason why, when we look at the days of Christendom in Europe and North America, we see that the majority of the important figures in those centuries were men in their 20s and 30s. Luther was 34 when he nailed the 95 theses. Calvin was 21 when he broke openly with the Roman Catholic Church, and he was 27 when he fled Paris and settled in Geneva. By that time, he already had written half of his Institutes – at least the first version. The majority of the signers of the Declaration of Independence were young men that today wouldn’t even be seriously considered for political office. Men joined the military or the Navy at unbelievably young ages – some even starting at 9, and some reaching commanding ranks by the age of 16. This speaks much about these young men, but it speaks even more about the society around them which saw no issue with giving them authority over older men. Benjamin Franklin was 70-year-old at the time of the American Revolution, and he worked with young men 50 years his junior, and discussed politics with them, and issued proclamations with them, and we never ever see him even mentioning this gigantic age gap between him and his co-workers and co-conspirators. Never even a condescending word or a patronizing tone. Same thing with George Washington or some of the other older men among the revolutionaries. To compare, Lafayette was only 20 when he joined the Revolution; and yet, we see no hint of any distrust or patronizing of the Frenchman by any American Founding Father.

When you love and welcome the Future, you love, respect, strengthen, and honour the young.

When you hate and detest the Future, you do your level best to carve it up before it is born.

(Or at least poison the youth, if you can’t kill the future under cover of law.)

… it was the church that had dropped the ball. Pessimistic eschatologies – amillennialism and premillennialism were already creeping in. By the beginning of the 20th century, the church had surrendered to pessimism. And with it, the Western civilization.

And Christians learned to crawl, and beg, and fear the Future… and human Masters.

Time for a change.

Intelligent Design 3.0

(Thanks to Uncommon Descent for the tip)

The times, they are a’changing…. complete with a flourishing ID Underground.

What does this mean for Christians? Mainly, that by around 50-100 years, Darwinianism & Atheistic Materialism will be discredited.

This is a big step forward – no more dehumanizing “people are really just disposable animals” illogical cant from Our Betters, for one thing.

But really, that’s already happening: today’s SJWs still loathe Christians, but also have no time for atheists who Challenge the Narrative. Being merely anti-Christian/atheistic will not protect you.

And in truth, even before Darwin, most educated people in the West were not seven-day Creationists (as I am). Instead, they were more deistic in their thought, or a mix of the Bible and the local Spirits/Old Ways.

Summary

Merely acknowledging reality, that the universe is designed/created, is not enough.

The identity of the creator – Jesus Christ – must be acknowledged as well.

And – unlike intelligent design – the truth of Christianity cannot be deducted solely by clear thinking and careful research. Some degree of faith is needed, as well.

…and…

It is always possible to cheerfully agree with every doctrinal and historical point of the Christian Faith… and simply decide that you will not kneel, worship, and obey Jesus Christ, even though He is everything he says he is.

“Knowledge — even accurate and true knowledge — does not save.”

That being said, I strongly value good and true knowledge far, far higher than a worthless pack of murderous lies.

Learn from the Failure of Others

To set the stage: a snippet from North’s The Christian-Muslim Confrontation in Dearborn: What Nobody Wants to Admit:

A group of Christians went into Dearborn to carry “Jesus” placards.

Placards have a place in picket lines, where confrontation is expected. They do not change anyone’s mind. They make a statement.

When it comes to Christian-Muslim relations, which have been bad since approximately 680 AD, placards convey no new information.

If the sign-carriers were trying to provoke an incident for media purposes, their tactic worked.

OK, so we know the scene of the fight. Now, I am unsure if the Good Guys played their hand right: it depends on their goals. (To annoy the Media, or to expand the Faith into Islamic-held areas?)

But one thing I know I don’t want Christians to imitate: the opposition to the Gospel. To continue quoting North, on the Muslim opposition:

These children are not dedicated to Islam. They are not dedicated to anything of substance. They remind me of the teenagers in Northern Ireland in the years of continual violence. There, gangs of “Catholics” and “Protestants” shot each other, detonated car bombs (the unique invention of Irish violence), and plotted revenge. But could any of them recite a catechism? Could any of them give a history of Catholic-Protestant confrontations? No. They were poorly educated lower-class kids with no economic future.

I do not see this incident as the future of Muslim-Christian relations in the United States. These children will not grow up to become [cell – AP] group terrorists. They will grow up to be lower-class Americans, with bad jobs, welfare checks, low birth rates, and no hope for the future.

These are kids with a hostile attitude that invokes the militant side of Islam, but without the dedication to be militant. Someone could build a gang out of these kids. He could not build an army committed to a millennium of confrontation.

This was a local phenomenon. I do not think this country will have as many of these dysfunctional neighborhoods as France does. If it ever does, it will be the result of the welfare state, as it is in France.

I suspect that, with the rise of the welfare state, Islamic failure is only growing to grow… in Europe, as well as America. And perhaps even back in the Middle East…

Of course, the welfare state – an intensely secular institution – is hostile to Christianity, as well. The gelding, corruption, and widespread extinction of Christianity among the working & lower classes in Europe & America can be directly traced to the corruption of the Welfare State, and it’s desire to create dependency on the State (not God) and eliminate the father as the breadwinner (and so destroy the family: “mission accomplished” among blacks and Muslims, by the way).

…however…

There are enough Americans — yes even specifically White Americans — who despised the handouts to provide a strong foundation to rebuild the Faith in America. A useful base to rebuild from, after the Welfare State collapses in bankruptcy.

(Not so much in Western Europe, I suspect: but there were enough in Eastern Europe to make some kind of recovery.)

Islam in America has broadly failed: even now, the solid majority already support same-sex marriage, thanks to their Democratic friends. (Just as many Black Americans back abortion – which mainly their unborn children get to suffer from – thanks to their Democratic ‘friends’.)

Both roads leads to extinction.


Let me focus on this:

These are kids with a hostile attitude that invokes the militant side of Islam, but without the dedication to be militant. Someone could build a gang out of these kids. He could not build an army committed to a millennium of confrontation.

It won’t take a millennium of dedicated Christian opposition to overthrow our contemptuous Secularist Masters. Serious, ever-strengthening, no-compromise postmillennial (a.k.a. success-oriented) Christian opposition to Secularism would result in a comprehensive victory in less than a century: possibly as soon as a 40-year generation.

It will take longer to break Islamic lies, than to break self-destructive Atheistic lies. But even here, I don’t think it will take more than 500 years or so to finish the job, assuming we don’t slack off or go cower in a corner.

What we need is commitment, and a vision of victory, in time and on earth. We need to be postmillennial winners, not premillennial/amillennial losers and sellouts.

With faith, prayer, sacrifice, the ability to learn and to repent, and lots and lots of hard work, comes victory over any and all forms of evil.


A postscript: It looks like YouTube decided to suppress the YouTube that shows the Christian/Muslim confrontation in Dearburn. Typical Establishment fantasies, hiding from reality.

Don’t imitate those fools, Christian!

Black Americans: Culture & Wealth

I like American Vision’s focus on the social gospel, racism, and social justice. It is edifying, Biblical, and speaks well for the future of Christian Reconstruction. A very welcome counterpoint to the influence of the kinists!

But while reconciliation between White and Black American Christians is definitely desirable in the eyes of God, Black Americans must also get to work – especially as their repentance of their own rebellion against God will benefit themselves greatly.

Even if the wicked and corrupt kinists triumph in the current battle within Christian Reconstruction, that merely means that Christian Reconstruction (as a movement) will dwindle and die, like all the other cross-waving God-haters. I pray that the kinists will fail in their drive to corrupt the Faith, though, and cast their lot with their true brothers, the crooked-cross literally God-damned Nazi failures.


Aside: The victory of the kinists is something I strongly doubt, actually: the glory days of white supremacy are long dead, and the white birthrate will continue to crater so long as they insist on placing idols of Race or Nation above the Law-Word of God.

The Lord your God will make you abundantly prosperous in all the work of your hand, in the fruit of your womb and in the fruit of your cattle and in the fruit of your ground. For the Lord will again take delight in prospering you, as he took delight in your fathers,

Deuteronomy 30:9, English Standard VErsion

God opens the womb. Something for both White Americans (who are still falling below replacement births) and Black Americans (who are just fallen below replacement levels) should keep in mind.

Stand on the Lord’s side, and inherit the land. Stand against Him, and be disinherited.


Back to the point:

The point being the need of Black Americans to change their own culture, to be in conformity to God’s Commands, and thus receive God’s Blessings.

I ran across a well-argued article by Coleman Hughes, titled Black American Culture and the Racial Wealth Gap. It points out the ways Black Americans defeat themselves, before even rising to compete against Whites and Hispanics in the marketplace. (Nevermind the Jews or Chinese!)

(Also see: $15 Trillion for What? The War on Poverty )

Socialist Red Herrings

From Mr. Hughes’ article:

In his Atlantic essay, Coates argues that slavery is central to explaining American affluence. “Nearly one-fourth of all white Southerners owned slaves,” he writes, “and upon their backs the economic basis of America—and much of the Atlantic world—was erected.” The wealth gap, therefore, “puts a number on something we feel but cannot say—that American prosperity was ill-gotten.”

But slavery is hardly the root cause of America’s prosperity. If it were, then we would expect American states that practiced slavery to be richer than those that did not. Yet we see precisely the opposite. The South, where slavery thrived, was “the poorest and most backward region of the country,” according to the economist Thomas Sowell.1 This remains true today. A recent analysis of census data found that Northeastern states, which forbade slavery, “are among the wealthiest,” whereas “states in the Southeast are among the poorest.” Nor is the disconnect between slavery and wealth unique to America. Similar disparities have emerged in Brazil, where the formerly abolitionist southern region has been, and continues to be, wealthier than the formerly slave-owning northern region.2

Black American Culture and the Racial Wealth Gap. by Coleman Hughes

Slavery does not enrich a nation. Surprise, surprise.

(Insert: gasps of shock by innumerable socialists… as the Red Aristocracy relax in their safe government positions, and the masses toil and starve in the Fields of the People.)

Coates’s mistaken view about the origin of American prosperity is part of a larger fallacy about national wealth in general: the assumption that if a nation is wealthy, it must have stolen that wealth from somebody else. To the contrary, a nation’s wealth has more to do with the economic system it adopts and the set of skills its citizens possess. The example of Singapore is instructive: although it was raided by Portugal in the seventeenth century and colonized by Britain in the nineteenth, today Singapore is wealthier than both Portugal and Britain, in terms of median wealth per adult. By the same measure, not a single one of the nations that made Atlanta Black Star’s list of “Top 6 Countries That Grew Filthy Rich From Enslaving Black People” would make the list of top six wealthiest countries today. Indeed, they would rank 9th, 11th, 12th, 21st, 24th, and 30th. The wealth of modern nations was not plundered; it was, and continues to be, created.3

Black American Culture and the Racial Wealth Gap. by Coleman Hughes

Socialists don’t like to talk about Singapore, or Hong Kong, or Japan. Christians should.

Remember: our goal is to be a blessing to the world, not a curse like the Socialists are. We should teach the people to get rich by obeying God and serving the customer at a good price, not starve and oppress them while shouting about our moral superiority!

The second factor offered as an explanation for the wealth gap is the exclusion of blacks from a set of New Deal policies designed to promote homeownership, income growth, and wealth accrual. […] But this story, though based in truth, has been massaged to give the false impression that benevolence from the state is a prerequisite for wealth accrual.

Black American Culture and the Racial Wealth Gap. by Coleman Hughes

Christians would be wise not to look to mighty human masters for wealth – be that master a private slaveowner, or a bureaucratic Servant of the People.

The Bible makes it clear that righteous men leave an inheritance to their grandchildren. It also says that wealth is accumulated in order for righteous people to inherit it. The righteous will inherit the earth (Psalm 37:29). This means that they will inherit enormous responsibility. This is eschatologically certain. It is a prophecy. Jesus confirmed it. “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth” (Matthew 5:5). The meaning is not that wimps will inherit the earth. It means that people who are meek before God will exercise dominion. This means that covenant keepers must strive for mastery in their fields. They must therefore strive for success. This is a moral requirement. It is not optional.

Christian Economics, Teacher’s Edition by Gary north

Gods people are expected to WIN.

OK, back to the article:

The prevailing progressive narrative also gives short shrift to the history of immigrant groups succeeding in the face of racist hostility and without help from the government. Baradaran, for instance, criticizes the “pervasive myth that immigrant success was based purely on individual work ethic.” To the contrary, she claims, “most immigrants’ bootstraps had been provided to them by the government.”13

But history tells a different story. Starting with the California Alien Land Law of 1913, fourteen states passed laws preventing Japanese-American peasant farmers from owning land and property. These laws existed until 1952, when the Supreme Court ruled them unconstitutional. Add to this the internment of 120,000 Japanese-Americans during World War II, and it’s fair to say that the Japanese were given no bootstraps in America. Nevertheless, by 1970 census data showed Japanese-Americans out-earning Anglo-Americans, Irish-Americans, German-Americans, Italian-Americans, and Polish-Americans.14 For Asian-Americans on the whole, an analysis of wealth data from 1989 to 2013 predicted that their “median wealth soon will surpass the white median level.” If wealth differences were largely explained by America’s history of favoring certain groups over others, then it would be hard to explain why Asian-Americans, who were never favored, are on track to become wealthier than whites.

Black American Culture and the Racial Wealth Gap. by Coleman Hughes

Black Americans ascribe far too much power to human masters… and far too little respect to their TRUE Maker, Master, and Judge!

Why fear men, when you can fear God instead?

Recommendations…

Conspicuous by its absence in the progressive account of the racial wealth gap is any active role for blacks themselves. Reading Baradaran, Rothstein, and Coates, one gets the impression that there is nothing blacks could do to improve their lot—outside of asking the government for radical policy solutions. But there are things that blacks can do. Indeed, there are certain elements of black American culture that, if changed, would allow blacks to amass wealth to a degree that no government policy would be likely to match.

Black American Culture and the Racial Wealth Gap. by Coleman Hughes

It will always be easier for Black Americans to whine and pout and point fingers, instead of rolling up their sleeves and getting the job done.

Of course, this whining and pouting and finger-pointing is encourages by the Democrats, who have perfect the art of creating comforting, pleasing chains around Black necks and hands and throats. “Trust the welfare state… Our Master in Washington will always care for you…”

Depressingly, there are plenty of Republicans who are into racism: yes, even many who are within the camp of Christian Reconstruction carry that stink about them. And for as long as that’s true, Blacks will not listen to them, regardless if their advice is good or evil. “Why listen to people who have always hated and despised us… hate and despise us right now… and will always hate and despise us?”

In general, I encourage Black Americans to get up on their feet, regardless of what White Americans say or want or do. But I admit, things would be a LOT easier if even such a small minority as White Christian Reconstructionists held out a hand to help them, rather than push them away or push them down!

1. No More Bling

No element of culture harms black wealth accrual more directly than spending patterns. Nielsen, one of the world’s leading market research firms, keeps extensive data on American consumer behavior, broken down demographically. A 2017 Nielsen report found that, compared to white women, black women were 14 percent more likely to own a luxury vehicle, 16 percent more likely to purchase costume jewelry, and 9 percent more likely to purchase fine jewelry. A similar Nielsen report from 2013 found that, while only 62 percent of all Americans owned a smartphone, 71 percent of blacks owned one. Moreover, all of these spending differences were unconditional on wealth and income.

[…]

The upshot: the fact that blacks spent more on cars, jewelry, and clothes explained fully 20 percent of the total racial wealth gap.

To make matters worse, spending patterns are just one part of a larger set of financial skills on which blacks lag behind. […]

Black American Culture and the Racial Wealth Gap. by Coleman Hughes

You gotta get rid of the bling, man!

Many find it hard to confront such data. People worry that discussing behaviors that blacks disproportionately engage in represents a backslide into white supremacy and racist stereotyping. Ibram X. Kendi expresses this concern in his New York Times bestseller Stamped from the Beginning: “When you truly believe that racial groups are equal, then you also believe that racial disparities must be the result of racial discrimination.”15

But this makes no sense. Is it racist to observe that whites are more likely to drive drunk than blacks are? Is it racist to assert that black immigrants in the UK outscore comparable white Britons on standardized tests? Is it racist to observe that black American culture has produced a higher number of musical icons than Asian-American culture has? And if it’s not racist to mention these facts, then why is it racist to mention the same kinds of facts when they run in the opposite direction? Moreover, cultural differences can even cause disparities between groups that belong to the same race, as with the aforementioned wealth disparities between black Americans and black Caribbeans living in Boston, or the nearly 4-to-1 income ratio between Taiwanese-Americans and Hmong-Americans. Discussing the different patterns of behavior that underlie such intra-racial disparities cannot be racist, by definition. Race and culture, though often correlated, are entirely different concepts.

Just like no person is born knowing how to brew beer or play basketball, no person is born knowing how to build wealth. These skills must be taught.

Black American Culture and the Racial Wealth Gap. by Coleman Hughes

So why isn’t the Church — especially victory-oriented Reconstructionists — teaching these skills to believing Blacks?

  1. Because Satan told us not to teach Black people: it’s far more pleasing to watch them trash around in their failures.
  2. Because we prefer to fear and cringe before Black Christians, instead of fearing God and His Judgement.
    1. This is rank blasphemy, by the way, since we all know “you worship what you fear.” God’s men are only to fear GOD!

The salient question should never have been who to blame for blacks’ predicament, but who is able to fix it. If the problem were simply a lack of cash, then the government would be the ideal candidate. But if we learned anything from the explosion of violent crime and single motherhood following welfare expansion in the late 1960s, it was that cash transfers cannot solve a problem that the absence of cash didn’t cause. Herein lies one of the many issues with reparations: it would not address the root causes of black underachievement. Fans of the concept should ask themselves: what will happen the day after reparations are paid, when black students still spend less time on homework than their white peers, blacks are still making poor financial decisions, and two out of every three black kids are still living in single-parent homes? On that day, I’d hope to see progressive scholars acknowledge that they had been asking the wrong question for 50 years. But I would not be shocked to hear them insist that, if only the reparations checks had been a bit larger, black America’s problems would have been solved.

Those who agree that top-down cultural reform is naïve might still object that bottom-up reform is equally quixotic. How, exactly, does one go about changing something as complex and distributed as culture? On this point, the history of formerly lagging ethnic groups is instructive. Whether measured by rates of alcoholism, high school graduation, or income, Irish-Americans used to lag far behind other American ethnic groups.23 As one point of reference, the incarceration rate for Irish-Americans was five times higher than for German-Americans in 1904. The response? While some Irish leaders blamed society, others, notably those in the Catholic Church, launched an inward-looking campaign to change behavioral patterns within the Irish community.24 Similar efforts were made by acculturated German-American Jews, whose stern programs of assimilation for their less-cultured Eastern European co-religionists included giving them “pointed lessons on the use of soap and water,” according to Sowell.25

Black American Culture and the Racial Wealth Gap. by Coleman Hughes

If Christian Reconstructionists — regardless of race — won’t point out to Black Americans the new mental framework they need, in a respectful, humble way Blacks won’t reject out-of-hand, then I recommend that they turn to the Jews. Or the East Indians. Or even the (increasingly Christian) Chinese!

But in any case, looking up with longing to the dying Welfare State isn’t going to cut it.

On the racial wealth gap and similar issues, we seem to have reached a political stalemate. The Left, which has the power to start an intelligent conversation about culture, refuses to admit that culture accounts for many of the racial gaps typically ascribed to systemic racism. The Right, which acknowledges the role of culture, is too far from the media channels through which blacks tend to communicate, to have any chance of starting a robust conversation about culture in the black community. On one side we have ignorance, and on the other, impotence. And stuck in the middle we have the next generation of black Americans, who will grow up far more likely than their non-black peers to hold values inimical to wealth-building because the previous generation could not figure out how to speak honestly about black American culture.

Black American Culture and the Racial Wealth Gap. by Coleman Hughes

“Those who take responsibility gain authority.”

Helping Black Americans get into the middle class (and a notable number to get rich!) is a surprisingly effective way to gain cultural and political power and authority.

Hint, hint.


CONCLUSION

The free market does not make men good. It does encourage them to serve the consumer. It forces losses on them if they are less efficient in their service than their competitors. The free market society is not a dog-eat-dog world. It is a dog-serve-master world. The consumer is the master.

Scrooge served the market well in both phases of his career. He did not wind up in poverty in phase two. Dickens understood that Fezziwig had the right approach.

In Sim’s version of the story, Fezziwig goes out of business because he cannot compete in the new world of capitalism. Dickens never hinted that this was the outcome of Fezziwig’s good cheer. My guess is that Fezziwig died rich. If he treated his employees well, he was probably in the habit of treating his customers well.

May that be truly said of us, and all of us! And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God bless Us, Every One!

Dining with Scrooge, by Gary North