The Stupid/Evil Question

I do want to ask something though. This question is for the people who are still investing in china and giving money, this genocidal authoritarian regime.

You know, the people who justify their investments in collusions with this maniacal dictatorship wishing, hoping, and praying that the Chinese government is just one more step away from realizing that it’s scary dark path that they’ve taken is wrong, and that they are so very close to opening up to the world.

Yeah.

I want to ask those people: are you stupid? Or are you just evil?

Men are easily blinded by money.

But China is simply a xenophobic shell now, as the leadership has definitely chosen to build a poor-but-fearfully obedient dictatorship rather than a rich-but democratic society.

Cutting off travel to and from the outside world, on the pretext of COVID-19.

I hope the West removes their own travel restrictions, so we can all see the Chinese government’s claims as the farce they are.

Of course, the Chinese have to get rid of all those promises about “the Party can make you rich!” they’ve been making for 30 years, and replace it with “only the Party can protect you from the Evil Outsiders”!

Well, a poor Communist dictatorship – essentially, North Korea scaled up – will just be an annoyance in a decade.

And comparing their demographics, North Korea will be an annoyance long after China has dried up and blown away.

…Terribly Wrong!

True… but note the direction: 1947 + 74 years = 2021.

Call it two generations.

Even by 1947, public school education was dominant. There was prayer in the schools, but it was basically Unitarian, not Christian. Being a man was already grounded on privilege, not responsibility.

The rise of the American Empire was bolted on, the National Security State was being created as we speak (See the National Security Act of 1947), and the loss of the gold standard, naturally coupled with the rise of the welfare state, had no opposition whatsoever.

Christianity – already in full-scale retreat from the Darwinian world, was all about spiritual excitement and stirring crusades, but the full-blown rapture nonsense was in the middle of these two pictured men, in the 1970s.

Note that in 1947, there was no Creationist movement! Nobody was putting up a coherent defence of the historical Christian teaching of six-day creation. Everyone – including most religious leaders – was perfectly fine with the assumption that God was, to some extent, a liar!

“After all, the Certified Experts told us so.”

Henry M Morris’ The Genesis Flood, encouraged by Rushdoony, had to wait till 1961 (!!) to be published.

There was also no actual, coherent conservative movement, no libertarian movement, and Mises was an obscure professor in New York University who had his salary paid for by supporters, not the university itself.

Christian Reconstructionism? Theonomy? The rule of Christ the King? Not until Rushdoony in the 60s, with By What Standard? (1959).

And right at this moment, our better understanding of the Kingdom of God as a Social Order is grounded in a series of articles published in 2019 in Lamb’s Reign, and only collected into a single book in 2022.

We had to wait until 2022 to regain a proper scope of what Jesus Christ preached about relentlessly! And let’s not talk about the travesty of the Lord’s Supper – the fellowship meal that stands at the heart of the faith – that the priests/pastors have done. Thimbles of grape juice and dry crackers, indeed!

The visuals do have meaning, and things have measurably gotten worse in some aspects. But certainly not in all!

If anything, the Western Assembly of Believers is finally waking up from our humanist dream world we have been in since the Enlightenment.

(Note I said the assembly of believers. What the religious hierarchies do or don’t do – they guys who stole the word church – isn’t of particular importance to me, or to the rest of the world.)

I have a suspicion that the manly strength of 1947 was a man-focused fantasy, humanistic to the core, and the humiliation of 2022 – the fruits of 1947 manhood – is simply humanism’s inevitable result.

This does not mean that the strength of men, harnessed and subjected to the glory of God, can not be of great value! But that was not the 1940s or 50 ideal man.

The old ways have reached its natural destiny: the 1950s led directly to the 1960s.

Lessons

Say not, “Why were the former days better than these?” For it is not from wisdom that you ask this.

Ecclesiastes 7:10, ESV

“You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.

Exodus 20:4-6, ESV

Know then in your heart that, as a man disciplines his son, the Lord your God disciplines you. So you shall keep the commandments of the Lord your God by walking in his ways and by fearing him. For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, flowing out in the valleys and hills, a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive trees and honey, a land in which you will eat bread without scarcity, in which you will lack nothing, a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills you can dig copper. And you shall eat and be full, and you shall bless the Lord your God for the good land he has given you.

Deuteronomy 8:5-10, ESV

Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. Likewise you also should be glad and rejoice with me.

Philippians 2:12-18, ESV

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

JOhn 16:33, ESV

Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

I John 4:4, ESV

Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

I John 5:1-5, ESV

God is the victor, in time and on earth.

And none of the towers of men will long stand against the triumph of Christ’s Kingdom.

We Christians must build a new world, a world grounded in the glory and law-word of God, and not on the self-pleasing fantasies of men. Christ came as a servant, and it’s the servant’s road – serving God ad upholding His Law-Word, building a godly family with a wife, raising children on the road of righteousness – that we must walk to salvation.

There will be a third picture, someday. The year 2021 is not the end. Faithful and Christ-obedient Christians should shape what our culture will be in 2095, 74 years after the cringy, silly, and godless descendant of his strong, mighty, and godless forefathers – dominated the West.

In the world of the spirit, things are on the way up for the Body of Christ, even as the godless era dissolves in to panics and delusions. Let us hear and obey God, and set right what was wrong.

We must stand with Christ, who is King today, and whose Law-Word has teeth today, a shining sword, cutting down lies left and right.

There are many reasons for Christ’s expanding victory – and expanding Kingdom – but one of them is that the enemies of Christ find that their victory rots in their hand, twisting into a curse within three generations, while those who stand with Christ are blessed for thousands of generations (or unto the end of time, or both!)

He will not quarrel or cry aloud,
    nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets;
a bruised reed he will not break,
    and a smoldering wick he will not quench,
until he brings justice to victory;
    and in his name the Gentiles will hope.”

Matthew 12:19-21, ESV

Let me note that the word “Gentile” can be read “nations”.
As in “disciple the nations to obey Jesus’ Commandments, His Law-Word, and uphold His authority.”

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

I Corinthians 15:57, ESV

For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.

I John 5:4, ESV

The Coming Food Catastrophe

While US corn farming is highly productive, and typical yields fall between 140 and 160 bushels of corn per acre, unfortunately the food derived from all of that farming activity is considerably lower.

The corn crop in the United States is mostly used for biofuels and animal feed. (Around 40 percent of U.S. corn is used to make ethanol for use as fuel)

The average Iowa cornfield has the potential to deliver more than 15 million calories per acre each year (enough to sustain 15 people per acre, if we ate all of the corn ourselves), but with the current allocation of corn to ethanol and animal production, we end up with an estimated 3 million calories of food per acre per year, mainly as dairy and meat products, which is enough to sustain only three people per acre per year.

That is lower than the average delivery of food calories from farms in Bangladesh, Egypt, and Vietnam. The environmental credentials of using Corn derived ethanol as a fuel are being questioned right now.

Dr. Tyler Lark from The University of Wisconsin did a study that found that ethanol is likely at least 24% more carbon-intensive than gasoline due to emissions resulting from land use changes to grow corn, along with processing and combustion.

The corrupt corn subsidies were always a form of theft. Now, it’s an indirect form of murder, too.

We Christians – yes, even the ones in the farming states – should push for an end to this.

Because you KNOW the Marxists won’t whisper a word against this. “Artificial famines are our specialty!”

But this is also a test. It’s easy to stand against the Collective types when you’re the one being robbed/silenced. But, will we speak up when it’s our own rice bowl – corn bowl, in this case – that’s at stake?

God is watching, and He is the judge with the sword.

Video: The End of the Church of England

Join the Establishment, enjoy the perks of Establishment Life, die with the Establishment.

The Holy Spirit goes where He is welcomed, and leaves where He isn’t.

Also: the Presbyterians would be wise to note their own free-fall within the British Isles.

American Christians, take note.

“Government subsidies kill.”


Not noted: the strength of the Anglicanism outside of the British Isles.

Foreman: Marx’s New World

From Joseph Foreman on Facebook:

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Marx offered a way to create a new world he was the first pagan in history to realize that paganism is intrinsically static, that is, the task of government is to conserve the best of the past by maintaining executive control of everyone and use its power to resist social change. Historically this has been an inevitably losing static governance. Christians quoting scripture had been in the forefront in every government power vs freedom battle up until the 20th century.

That was when pagan statism changed from static defense of the status quo to promising a bright new future.

Marxism was the ultimate statist’s dream. Based on the promise of a bright future something only Christians were guided by up until that point, they stole the title “liberal” from the Christian concepts of government and applied it to their dictatorial central control.

How did they get away with it? We were doing so well growing out of statist Aristocracy, growing out of executive mediators in the church called priests, bishops, and Popes (fathers). How do people who are the most statist become the liberators? They don’t.

How is it that the people who believe that Jesus Christ is the only Lord without need of Liberation from human mediators decide to call themselves the defenders of the status quo?

Marx saw something no pagan theorist had ever seen. He saw that if you offer people a future of freedom and free exchange they will do anything to get there. Including murder everyone who stands in their way.

There is no hope in the traditional pagan concept of master servant executive government, no guiding idea of the future. Just the grim reliance on government to maintain the status quo by maintaining complete control.

For the first time Christianity introduced the idea that when God himself pays for our sins he creates a kingdom of people who do not need to be controlled by outside threats of force to be unified and productive. Discipleship, not external disciplines enable them to mature into everything the Kings of old were thought to be special and Great about. No that greatness is the average birth right of the average Christian.

Don’t stop here as if everything is as far as God’s grace can take us.

Yes Representative government is a huge step forward, but it is still your king that you elect.

Keep discipling we can produce a better world, but not by producing better kings, bishops and executives. But by changing the people into folks who by the power of the Holy Spirit don’t need mediators.

Satan inspired Marx to be the first to come along and promise a glowing future if we would just trust the state to remake by force the new man. His is the ultimate statist world. Of course he had no Holy Spirit he rejected God’s word so all he had was the ultimate conservative state only now instead of maintaining the status quo it was to create the future and force sinful humanity to fit it or die with no remedy for sin except punishment and mass execution.

The other day someone called the idea that Christ has made us free a commie idea, since apparently he identified Marx with governmentless freedom.

It is odd to me that Jesus would be called a Commie because he did not believe that executive government forcing righteousness was the answer to the sinful heart. He did not establish a kingdom of executive rulers. INstead his vision was of the Holy Spirit and God’s word applied to the heart of transformed people growing generationally into the fullness of His plan to take dominion in the earth. Not dominion over each other, that’s fallen dominion after Genesis 3:16. No He called for dominion over the earth in no need of the “office” of Father or Teacher to rule their affairs. Rather in need of those gifted to be fathers and teachers therefore having no need of punishment to get their lessons across and disciple them to maturity.

Central Control, Executive government, Kings of the Gentiles ruling with authority — these are the tools of the fallen world. The cross, laying down your life, finding a way to meet each others’ needs. These are the free market ways of the Kingdom of God where the ethics are written on hearts of flesh who pour forth the river of life, not written by the hands of civil, priestly or fatherly mediators of grace and order.

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From Mises: A Hidden Fact, a Historical Truth, and a Truly American Dream

Three articles:


Capitalism Facilitates Mutual Aid

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Capitalism Facilitates Mutual Aid. It Can’t Be Dismissed as “Selfish Materialism” by David Gordon

Many people criticize the free market as “materialistic”; it reduces everything to monetary values. Murray Rothbard analyzes this charge against the free market, and in this week’s column, I’d like to consider his distinct perspective. He first sets the stage:

One of the most common charges levelled against the free market (even by many of its friends) is that it reflects and encourages unbridled “selfish materialism” Even if the free market—unhampered capitalism—best furthers man’s “material” ends, critics argue, it distracts man from higher ideals. It leads man away from spiritual or intellectual values and atrophies any spirit of altruism.

Rothbard answers this criticism in a striking way. He says that money is just a means, not an end. People seek money to get whatever they want, but the ends people have need not be “selfish” or “materialistic.” It’s up to each person to decide that for himself. He says,

In the first place, there is no such thing as an “economic end.” Economy is simply a process of applying means to whatever ends a person may adopt. An individual can aim at any ends he pleases, “selfish” or “altruistic.” Other psychic factors being equal, it is to everyone’s self-interest to maximize his monetary income on the market. But this maximum income can then be used for “selfish” or for “altruistic” ends. Which ends people pursue is of no concern to the praxeologist. A successful businessman can use his money to buy a yacht or to build a home for destitute orphans. The choice rests with him. But the point is that whichever goal he pursues, he must first earn the money before he can attain the goal.

An objection that might occur to you is that some people take it as their goal to make as much money as they can. They don’t want the money to buy other things: they just want more and more money. But Rothbard could answer this by saying that this is just another goal. The free market doesn’t tell people to pursue it.

Rothbard next turns to what I regard as his best point. Suppose you think that people ought to devote themselves totally to serving others: they ought to be complete altruists. Rothbard, I hasten to add, doesn’t hold this view. But, he says, even if you do hold this position, you should still support the market, People who make money in the free market are those who best satisfy consumers. If you want to help others, then, you should try to make as much money as you can. The contemporary “effective altruism” movement has accepted this argument, or a variant of it, although I doubt they got it from Rothbard. People in this movement think that you should try to get a high-paying job so that you can donate what you make to others.

Rothbard explains his argument in this way:

Whichever moral philosophy we adopt—whether altruism or egoism—we cannot criticize the pursuit of monetary income on the market. If we hold an egoistic social ethic, then obviously we can only applaud the maximization of monetary income, or of a mixture of monetary and other psychic income, on the market. There is no problem here. However, even if we adopt an altruistic ethic, we must applaud maximization of monetary income just as fervently. For market earnings are a social index of one’s services to others, at least in the sense that any services are exchangeable. The greater a man’s income, the greater has been his service to others. Indeed, it should be far easier for the altruist to applaud the maximization of a man’s monetary income than that of his psychic income when this is in conflict with the former goal. Thus, the consistent altruist must condemn the refusal of a man to work at a job paying high wages and his preference for a lower-paying job somewhere else. This man, whatever his reason, is defying the signaled wishes of the consumers, his fellows in society.

If, then, a coal miner shifts to a more pleasant, but lower-paying, job as a grocery clerk, the consistent altruist must castigate him for depriving his fellowman of needed benefits. For the consistent altruist must face the fact that monetary income on the market reflects services to others, whereas psychic income is a purely personal, or “selfish,” gain.

As I mentioned, Rothbard isn’t adopting altruistic ethics. To the contrary, he rejects them. He points out that a consistent altruist would have to reject the pursuit of leisure. If you rest from work, you are depriving others of time you could spend helping them. Rothbard uses this point to criticize W.H. Hutt’s version of consumer sovereignty, but the point applies also to contemporary altruists such as Peter Singer.

Rothbard says,

This analysis applies directly to the pursuit of leisure. Leisure, as we have seen, is a basic consumers’ good for mankind. Yet the consistent altruist would have to deny each worker any leisure at all—or, at least, deny every hour of leisure beyond what is strictly necessary to maintain his output. For every hour spent in leisure reduces the time a man can spend serving his fellows.

The consistent advocates of “consumers’ sovereignty” would have to favor enslaving the idler or the man who prefers following his own pursuits to serving the consumer. Rather than scorn pursuit of monetary gain, the consistent altruist should praise the pursuit of money on the market and condemn any conflicting nonmonetary goals a producer may have—whether it be dislike for certain work, enthusiasm for work that pays less, or a desire for leisure. Altruists who criticize monetary aims on the market, therefore, are wrong on their own terms.

Rothbard makes another brilliant point. He says that the free market deals with goods that are exchangeable but that these don’t have to be material goods. But if people keep trying to get exchangeable goods, the marginal utility of such goods falls. This means that the marginal utility of nonexchangeable goods increases. In other words, the development of the market economy makes the pursuit of these goods more valuable. The free market doesn’t deter people from pursuing nonexchangeable goods but, in time, makes it more likely that people will seek them.

He says,

The charge of “materialism” is also fallacious. The market deals, not necessarily in “material” goods, but in exchangeable goods. It is true that all “material” goods are exchangeable (except for human beings themselves), but there are also many nonmaterial goods exchanged on the market. A man may spend his money on attending a concert or hiring a lawyer, for example, as well as on food or automobiles. There is absolutely no ground for saying that the market economy fosters either material or immaterial goods; it simply leaves every man free to choose his own pattern of spending … an advancing market economy satisfies more and more of people’s desires for exchangeable goods. As a result, the marginal utility of exchangeable goods tends to decline over time, while the marginal utility of nonexchangeable goods increases. In short, the greater satisfaction of “exchangeable” values confers a much greater marginal significance on the “nonexchangeable” values. Rather than foster “material” values, then, advancing capitalism does just the opposite.

In his analysis, Rothbard applies a tactic he frequently uses, to devastating effect. He takes an argument he opposes and shows it leads to the opposite conclusion its proponents draw from it.

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Key Quotes

He says that money is just a means, not an end.

Expanding the Kingdom of God – and raising your own family, the building blocks of the Kingdom of God – takes money.

It is theft to merely steal this money from others via taxes. And it is very unwise to become dependent on an organization or a rich man for funding.

We must earn the capital we need, to expand the Kingdom of God. This means starting and building great, profitable, successful businesses. Or at least, being a successful professional, be that a skilled & professional HVAC installer/repairman, or a skilled and professional system engineer.

A successful businessman can use his money to buy a yacht or to build a home for destitute orphans. The choice rests with him.”

This is biblically correct: the money is in your hand, and you – as God’s liege, God’s vassal, God’s servant – decide what to do with it. The State is not God: it has no God-given right to tell you what to do with your own money, or your own property.

The Biblical tithe is 10%. If that successful businessman spent that 10% on a variety of Kingdom-building endeavours – maybe orphanages, maybe Christian legal defence groups, maybe missionaries, maybe drilling clean water wells in Uganda, maybe at his local church – and spent some of the rest on a yacht, that is perfectly fine with God.

Pay your tithe. As God’s representative and servant, His Priest and His King, you decide where that tithe money goes. And God will hold you to account.

As for the other 90%: there are restrictions on that too, but far more loose. Just don’t break the law with it: booze and gambling are unwise, but not Biblically banned (but no drunkard will enter the Kingdom of God, though). Adultery is explicitly banned, though.

I Corinthians 6:9-20, ESV

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. 

“All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything. “Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food”—and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! Or do you not know that he who is joined to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written, “The two will become one flesh.” But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

“You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”

Not “hate your body”, but “glorify God with your body.”

Back to Rothbard via Gordon:

“Suppose you think that people ought to devote themselves totally to serving others: they ought to be complete altruists. Rothbard, I hasten to add, doesn’t hold this view. But, he says, even if you do hold this position, you should still support the market, People who make money in the free market are those who best satisfy consumers. If you want to help others, then, you should try to make as much money as you can. The contemporary “effective altruism” movement has accepted this argument, or a variant of it, although I doubt they got it from Rothbard. People in this movement think that you should try to get a high-paying job so that you can donate what you make to others.”

I don’t think that most people should devote themselves totally to serving others (although some may be directed by God to take this path). A 10% tithe (after taxes) is fine: God does not need 90% – or 100% – of your earnings.

That being said: the Christian who totally wants to devote himself to serving others should, indeed, press to be the best worker/businessman he can be. Ethically, as well as in service, as well as in handling money.

For most, though, building a Godly, Just, and Compassionate family and raising the children in the fear and admonition of God (instead of powerful politicians and their snake-scale smooth promises of Free Stuff) is the way to go.

Build the future. Help the children choose the right way for them to expand the Kingdom, and give them the tools, advice, and love they need to win for Christ, while crushing the serpent under their heels.

Good and hard.

“If, then, a coal miner shifts to a more pleasant, but lower-paying, job as a grocery clerk, the consistent altruist must castigate him for depriving his fellowman of needed benefits. For the consistent altruist must face the fact that monetary income on the market reflects services to others, whereas psychic income is a purely personal, or “selfish,” gain.”

The man, he’s got a point.

“In other words, the development of the market economy makes the pursuit of these goods more valuable. The free market doesn’t deter people from pursuing nonexchangeable goods but, in time, makes it more likely that people will seek them.”

The more you are earning, the more you can give without any kind of painful pocket pinch.

We need lots and lots of business-canny Christian businessmen who build businesses with plenty of happy customers, and with the kind of profits to financially shove the Power-Hungry, Law-hating Establishments and Guilds back down the hellhole they crawled out of.

I prefer the economic power of persuasion, to the political power of badges and guns. Unarmed – but creative, entrepreneurial, and fearless – Christians won the battle against Rome, and they can do it again against today’s self-worshipping Caesars.

Note that I still prefer my Christians armed for self-defence… a lesson Marxists and Muslims will joyfully remind us of if we choose to forget it.

Our lives are valuable. And we have the Biblical right to defend innocent life – including our own! – with lethal violence against the criminal.

Even so… the battle for public opinion is to be won by persuasion and facts, science and logic and proof. Unlike the Progressives, we don’t need to use the force of the State – men with guns – to silence our opponents, as we have better logic, better proofs, and speak the truth.

Th sword that Christ carries comes from His mouth – His tongue, His cutting and commanding Law-Word – and is not a weapon in His hand. His Truth, His Law-Word, is the weapon that will conquer the world.

Hebrews 4:12, ESV

 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

Revelations 19:11-16 ESV

Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.

Amen, and Amen.

One more thing: God’s Word is not only cutting and commanding, but also creative: the Light of Truth blazed forth because He declared it.

Genesis 1:3, ESV

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.

John 1:1-3, ESV

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

Amen, and Amen!

Blesses be those who love the Lord, and obey His Word!

As for His enemies?

Let them wail and gnash their teeth in the dark.

Christianity and the Development of Human Capital: Challenging the Narratives

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Christianity and the Development of Human Capital: Challenging the Narratives by Lipton Matthews

Undeniably, the advent of Christianity has fundamentally transformed the world. But this startling fact has been obscured by thinkers eager to depict Christianity as a backward religion that derailed progress. The conventional narrative suggests that Christianity is an archaic religion responsible for thwarting science in the Middle Ages and delaying the transmission of human capital. However, modern research has provided a corrective to these falsehoods by illustrating that Christianity was instrumental in enabling the acquisition of human capital in Europe and the developing world.

Many universities during the medieval ages bore the imprint of Christian scholars, especially the University of Salamanca. Medievalist Edward Grant posits that the medieval university encouraged students to engage in a rigorous analysis of classical texts and that religion and natural philosophy were studied separately, since natural philosophers were not expected to invoke religion as an explanation when discussing secular controversies. Moreover, contrary to popular orthodoxy, the predominant belief in the medieval era was that the earth was round rather than flat. The fable of the flat earth was promulgated by writers like Washington Irving and John Draper.

The evidence reveals that rather than inhibiting intellectual progress, Christians jump-started the human capital revolution. According to one study, the early development of the Netherlands is traceable to the efforts of the Brethren of the Common Life in the fifteenth century. Promoting literacy was crucial to the missionary project of the BCL because believers needed to be literate in order to comprehend the Bible. Also, by adopting a socially inclusive approach to religion, the BCL succeeded in transmitting education to the masses.

Another important point is that the BCL emphasized individual responsibility and facilitated the accumulation of human capital by advocating book production. In the cities where the BCL were active, their project resulted in higher literacy rates and faster population growth during 1400–1560. Unsurprisingly, education made citizens more enlightened and likely to demand accountability from the political establishment, and this possibly explains why cities with a higher concentration of BCL members were likely to support the Dutch Revolt in 1572.

In Germany, Bible reading similarly became the norm in primary schools due to the influence of the Pietists. The premium religious movements placed on literacy played an instrumental role in the advent of mass literacy and the acquisition of human capital. Reassessments of Weber’s theory of the Protestant work ethic have demonstrated that Protestantism is linked to economic growth through the human capital channel.

Protestantism implored believers to obtain a decent education that would equip them to interpret the Bible, yet indirectly this also fostered critical thinking by stimulating demand for secular knowledge. Sascha Becker and Ludger Woessmann unpack the implications of the Protestant Reformation in a landmark study:

As an unintended side effect of Luther’s exhortation that everyone be able to read the Gospel, Protestants acquired literacy skills that functioned as human capital in the economic sphere…. The Protestant Reformation had very long-lived economic consequences, spanning several centuries. Protestantism led to substantially higher literacy, which in turn led to economic progress.

Likewise, there is also supporting evidence that Christianity aided in the prosperity of the developing world. Robert Woodberry opines that in Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Lesotho, “Protestant missionaries initiated mass education, printing, newspapers, civil society, and colonial reform movements and they inculcated democratic skills through churches, church synods, and ecumenical conferences.” Missionaries served as a countervailing force to the authority of colonial settlers, who were committed to undercutting black entrepreneurship.

They introduced formal schooling and updated farming techniques to ameliorate the living standards of black Africans. With the assistance of missionaries, a black middle class emerged that threatened white settlers. Woodberry shows how these settlers impeded the progress of black entrepreneurs:

As black businesses and farms began to undercut white establishments and as more blacks began passing the educational and economic requirements for voting, whites instituted a series of new laws to diminish the quality of African education, to restrict black land ownership, to undermine the competitiveness of black businesses, and to raise the requirements for voting. These laws designated most of the best land for white use only and confiscated many farms blacks had already purchased by designating the area for whites only…. Thus, white settlers actively undermined the development of a black middle class, preferring a system of poor blacks and wealthy whites.

Can you imagine how successful black entrepreneurs would have been if the efforts of missionaries had not been sabotaged by racists?

The literature on the effects of Protestantism is extensive, and it complements newer studies refuting the assertion that Catholicism is incompatible with human capital formation. A recent study by Felipe Valencia Caicedo avers that today educational attainment in Guaraní areas where the Jesuits conducted activities is still 10–15 percent higher than in abandoned mission areas and even Franciscan mission areas. Another crucial finding is that the Jesuits promoted technical education, thus directly fostering the accumulation of human capital. So, again we see that Christians were actually intellectual pioneers.

The involvement of the state in education is quite recent, and for most of history, education was sponsored by philanthropists and Christians; therefore, without the intervention of Christian activists, educational standards in the West would be lower. So, whenever critics argue that Christianity retarded development, we ought to remind them that Christianity is largely responsible for the human capital revolution.

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“According to one study, the early development of the Netherlands is traceable to the efforts of the Brethren of the Common Life in the fifteenth century. Promoting literacy was crucial to the missionary project of the BCL because believers needed to be literate in order to comprehend the Bible. Also, by adopting a socially inclusive approach to religion, the BCL succeeded in transmitting education to the masses.”

Don’t wait for the mystical-magical, never-to-arrive-day, when your pastor – or any other Anointed Religious Professional – will take this advice and put it to work.

Do it yourself… and get the blessings from God poured onto YOUR head.

“The workman is worth his wages.”

God SEES.

And God ACTS.

“In Germany, Bible reading similarly became the norm in primary schools due to the influence of the Pietists. The premium religious movements placed on literacy played an instrumental role in the advent of mass literacy and the acquisition of human capital. Reassessments of Weber’s theory of the Protestant work ethic have demonstrated that Protestantism is linked to economic growth through the human capital channel.”

I can’t believe that those Pietists ever were worthy servants. It is astonishing to discover.

It’s about as impossible as having a bunch of White Pinko Socialists – instead of actual White Conservative Christians – push for the freedom of Black America.

(Especially as it was those Democratic Progressives who brought Jim Crow up into a a national scale!)

Life goes down strange roads, sometimes.

“Likewise, there is also supporting evidence that Christianity aided in the prosperity of the developing world. Robert Woodberry opines that in Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Lesotho, “Protestant missionaries initiated mass education, printing, newspapers, civil society, and colonial reform movements and they inculcated democratic skills through churches, church synods, and ecumenical conferences.” Missionaries served as a countervailing force to the authority of colonial settlers, who were committed to undercutting black entrepreneurship.

They introduced formal schooling and updated farming techniques to ameliorate the living standards of black Africans. With the assistance of missionaries, a black middle class emerged that threatened white settlers. Woodberry shows how these settlers impeded the progress of black entrepreneurs […]

“These laws designated most of the best land for white use only and confiscated many farms blacks had already purchased by designating the area for whites only…. Thus, white settlers actively undermined the development of a black middle class, preferring a system of poor blacks and wealthy whites.”

Can you imagine how successful black entrepreneurs would have been if the efforts of missionaries had not been sabotaged by racists?”

Right-wing humanism easily trumps the explicit Word of God, in the eyes of many conservatives.

“Blood and Soil!”

“Me and Mine!”

“Tribe above Law, above Justice, above God Himself!”

God saw, and allowed the theft in the first half of the 20th century, in return for the breaking of the British Empire — and, less obviously but more destructively, arranging for the decline of the British people, by their own choice and their own hand.

(White Conservative Americans would be wise to take note.

Blood’n’Soil Black Conservatives, too…)

The British would have been best served by forgetting about Empire in the first place: just send the missionaries who are willing to work in order to win.

(Even at this very day, the Americans would benefit with the same switch.)

If Empire it had to be, though, that Empire had better hew close to the Law of God if it plans to be a benefit and a glory to the world, and not a cost and a shame.

“The involvement of the state in education is quite recent, and for most of history, education was sponsored by philanthropists and Christians; therefore, without the intervention of Christian activists, educational standards in the West would be lower. So, whenever critics argue that Christianity retarded development, we ought to remind them that Christianity is largely responsible for the human capital revolution.”

Spelling out the obvious that is mysteriously not mentioned in either the denominational churches, or in the Ivy League universities.

And certainly NOT the Public Schools!

Odd, that.

That unified, highly selective silence…

A Truly American Dream

A Renewed, Libertarian America: What Must Be Done by Archie Richards

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The following policies would result is a more peaceful and equitable society:

— Federal legislators are limited to one term each, with much reduced pay. Senatorial terms are cut from 6 years to 4. These changes would make Congress less responsive to constituent demands, inducing people to meet more of their needs in the private sector. After the government incurs a deficit, the remuneration of legislators and administrators is reduced during the year that follows. Judges are limited to ten-year terms.

— The government is isolationist. The U.S. State Department and its embassies are abolished. The U.S. leaves the United Nations and requires the United Nations to leave the United States. The U.S. defends the nation from military and electronic incursions only from Mexico, Canada, the sea, the air, and from space. Its navy stops patrolling the world’s oceans.

— Private-sector Americans, including those engaged in trade, tourism, and private foreign aid, may be as interventionist as they please. Military weapons owned by private parties may be stored in America for use by them elsewhere. The U.S. government does not ensure the safety of its citizens abroad.

— The Federal Reserve Bank is abolished. Attempts by anyone, never mind a government agency, to regulate the economy cannot help but make things worse. The Fed has greatly increased economic volatility, making life especially hard on the poor during downturns. Keeping interest rates low increases the value of assets. Since most assets are owned by the prosperous, wealth has become ever more unequal. The government’s monopoly over the dollar is removed. Anything may serve as a currency. Currencies are freely exchangeable, allowing the people to choose which ones are most convenient and best hold their value.

— The Civil Service System is abolished. The former spoils system did little damage and created far less incentive to expand government.

— The premiums for health insurance are low, since policyholders pay all of their medical costs up to the year’s substantial deductible. Policyholders thereby become familiar with healthcare costs, and competition between suppliers drives the costs way down. After a person’s deductible is spent, the insurance company covers all health costs. Younger people leave most of their deductibles unspent.

— Government has nothing to do with education. Many government schools are poor, especially in low-income areas, and universities are replete with idiotic notions. All schools are owned privately, for profit or non-profit. With taxes lowered, the prosperous would likely compete as to who can provide the most help to central-city schools.

— Government stops gathering statistics, because the statistics induce the government to try to solve problems, and most such solutions make things worse. Statistics are collected and paid for by the private sector.

— Bank deposit insurance is terminated. The guarantees have caused depositors to care about the rate of interest and the convenience, but not the money’s safety – a partial cause of the nation’s enormous expansion of debt.

— Government zoning impedes free markets and is abolished.

— Federal laws that support unions are repealed. The interaction between employees and employers is none of the government’s business. Workers can unionize, but without government backing.

— Government’s flood insurance with excessively low premiums is terminated. When floods occur, the costs are spread among all the people or added to the debt. The benefits to the few seacoast dwellers are substantial and obvious. The per-capita costs to the many Americans are small and hidden.

— The Jones Act restricts American shipping and imposes significant costs on Americans. It is abolished.

— The government stops paying farmers for staple commodities, especially corn. The subsidies have lowered consumer costs of staple commodities and contributed to widespread obesity. 

— Drug testing is not performed by the government. Bureaucrats avoid blame by keeping effective drugs off the market longer than necessary. More lives are lost from the delays than are saved by ensuring the drugs are safe.

— Government funding of scientific developments has politicized science and is terminated. Scientific development is funded exclusively by the private sector, partly in concert with the military.

— All tariffs and impediments to trade are repealed. Nations that do not impede international trade are more prosperous and more equitable.

— Gun controls prevent good people from owning guns. Bad people obtain them anyway. Gun controls therefore make things worse and are abolished.

— Government does nothing about viruses. Corrective measures, if any, are taken within the private sector.

— The forfeiture of privately-owned assets to benefit police departments is terminated.

Dynamics of Government

Like everyone else, government bureaucrats act in their own best interests. Having no profits, they measure their self-worth by expanding their budgets, avoiding blame, and increasing their power over others. They generally avoid actually solving problems, because doing so would render their jobs unnecessary. Government’s principal objective is to expand its reach and power. With few exceptions, government is the worst and most expensive way to do anything.

With big government, the rich gain wealth faster than the poor, because legislators reward the rich for their campaign gifts. With small government, the poor gain wealth faster than the rich, probably because they’re willing to work harder.

Media stories about government are newsworthy. But unless wrongdoing or sex is involved, stories about individuals going about their private affairs are not newsworthy, since they usually affect only the individual involved. The media’s natural inclination to favor government is a danger to society and is partly corrected by education.

Police Funding

Providing the following provisions are first enacted, the funding of police departments is much reduced:

— Members of the public may carry weapons, hidden or not, without licenses. The public would largely police itself, as occurred successfully in the 19th Century. Trying to prevent unbalanced people from owning guns is the job of the private sector, not government. 

— The disastrous war against drugs is terminated. Drugs are treated as medical problems, not crimes, and information about drugs is taught in schools.

— Prostitution is legalized. What people choose to do with their bodies is none of the government’s business.

— Since unions try to prevent bad cops from being fired, police departments may not unionize.

— Businesses that fail to obtain suitable property and casualty insurance cannot obtain financing. Insurance companies coordinate with banks and finance companies to determine the proper conditions.

— Cameras at intersections are operated by a consortium of insurers. If a car has not stopped appropriately, the owner is automatically sent a ticket and notified that his auto insurance premiums have been raised. 

The Federal Debt

The default of at least a portion of the federal debt is closer than people realize. If the cost of carrying the debt rises even to the current rate of inflation, it would crowd out current expenses and force at least a partial government default.

The federal government owns 28% of the nation’s land and almost $5 billion of gold. It should transfer these assets to private parties in return for their accepting portions of the nation’s debts. Rivers, inland waterways, lakes, swamps, aquifers, mountains, forests, prairies, deserts, tundra, roads, highways, bridges, dams, reservoirs, the national parks, and the 12-mile band of ocean that rings the nation could all be exchanged for debt relief. Amtrak, urban transportation, airports, and the postal service should all be privatized.

The owners of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, for example, could earn money from those who use the waters for irrigation, transportation, manufacturing, fishing, drinking, and recreation. After Congress decides the extent of liability by the owners for floods, the values of these rivers would be sky-high.

Policies that Especially Hurt the Poor

The following government policies make life more difficult and more expensive for the poor and are terminated:

— Government lotteries are advertised heavily in poor areas, encouraging people to treat them as investments, not entertainment. The lotteries create gambling addictions and breed poverty.

— Used automobiles are bargains. The prosperous pay heavily to buy new cars. The non-prosperous underpay to buy them subsequently. This substantial, non-governmental, income-transfer program operates now because government interferes relatively little with automobile marketing. But land-use, building, banking, environmental, farming, mining, water, tax, and who knows what other laws interfere with real estate sales, preventing a much larger income-transfer program from operating with housing.

— Occupational licenses require fees and long periods of training, restricting the number of people in the professions. The resulting shortage of workers elevates the prices of their products. The poor can’t afford the fees and expensive training to join the professions, but they pay the higher prices when they buy the products.

— Rent control enables older, relatively prosperous tenants whose lives are stable to enjoy low rents. But after they vacate the apartments, the rents are raised. The higher rents are paid by younger, less prosperous people who move frequently.

— Many small businesses are exempt from paying minimum wages. After government requires larger companies to raise minimum wages, the number of employees who begin being paid below the minimum greatly outnumber those who enjoy the higher minimum wages.

— Regulations often raise child-care costs beyond the reach of lower-income parents, preventing them from obtaining jobs.

— The Social Security system transfers money from workers to retirees and holds no investment reserves. With the number of retirees growing faster than the number of workers, the system is certain to fail.

— The life expectancy of black men is shorter than that of white women. Since Social Security benefits terminate when a person dies, the FICA taxes paid by black men support white women, but not the other way around.

— Anti-gouging laws force down the prices of products during emergencies, reducing the supply of the products, especially in poor areas.

— Taxing the rich at high tax rates hurts the poor, because the rich have less money available to create jobs.

Without government holding them down, the poor would pull themselves out of poverty. Any social safety net that’s necessary would be supplied by the private sector.

Government’s Proper Duties

The long-term results of the following government duties are beneficial:

— The federal government defends the nation and sets and enforces immigration policies.

— The states set and enforce election laws.

— Local and state governments enact basic laws, keeping people from hurting others by force or fraud. They are backed by the police, the armed citizenry, and the courts. The owners of roads and other infrastructures furnish their own police forces.

— The enforcement of contracts and adjudication of lawsuits are discharged by the courts to the extent those issues are not resolved by mediators.

Summary

Most laws and government regulations cause long-term harm. The government sector therefore constitutes less than 5% of the GDP.

Since the government sector has grown during most of the years since 1900, the long term has come home to roost, making the nation more and more dysfunctional. Government’s increasing use of force induces increasing violence among the people.

The private sector creates a solution whenever there’s a purchase and sale – literally billions of times a day. On all such occasions, the buyers and the sellers feel that they benefit.

Transactions expected to be beneficial may of course turn out to be mistakes. Some people make more mistakes than others. The only solution is the individual’s effort and learning.

Since government resists change, the only solution for its mistakes is to make government much, much smaller.

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If you’re as confident of the coming Great Default as I am, it will be financial pressures that will be the initial driver for a sharply smaller government.

But if you want to institutionalize that small government – and thus, institutionalize liberty, and peace – you are going to have to re-ground society on the Law of God, and not the Law of Powerful Men.

And you will need men who look up to God for their daily bread, and not to Smiling Socialists (Nationalist or Internationalist) and their deliberately murderous and uncaring, man-crushing, liberty-shredding, starvation-and-poverty building bureaucratic machines.

Quora: Marx & Lenin

From Quora: Were Karl Marx’s and Vladimir Lenin’s theories of communism the same? If they weren’t, what were the differences?

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Catalin Olteanu, former Small Entrepreneur

In religious terms Marx is god, Lenin, Stalin and Mao are the apostles who implement Marx’s theoretical teachings. In reality, the apostle who played a key role in the implementation and modification of Marxist doctrine was Stalin. Without Stalin, Soviet-style communism would have collapsed in the 1930s. The USSR and communism were primarily Stalin’s creations. 😁

Because of Stalinist crimes, Marxists have distanced themselves from Stalinism and Stalin, although we know for sure that the USSR and communist doctrine were masked Stalinism.

The essence of Marx’s materialism philosophy is this: ‘’In direct contrast to German philosophy, which descends from heaven to earth, here we ascend from earth to heaven.’’

Raymond Aron points out:

‘’Marxism is a Christian heresy. As a modern form of millenarianism, it places the kingdom of God on Earth following the apocalyptic revolution in which the Old World will be swallowed up. The contradictions of capitalist societies will inevitably bring about this fruitful catastrophe. The victims of today will be the victors of tomorrow. Salvation will come through the proletariat, that witness to present inhumanity. It is the proletariat that, at a time fixed by the evolution of productive forces and by the courage of the combatants, will turn itself into a class that is universal and will take charge of the fate of mankind.’’

Below is Marx and Engels with Marx’s daughters Laura, Eleanor, and Jenny in 1864 in London. Marx lived bourgeois in the most prosperous city in the world for 34 years. He took advantage of the freedoms of capitalism to ejaculate nonsense. His theories have led to the largest loss of life in history.

Karl Marx told workers they ‘had no country’: in other words, they had a common interest more important than the national loyalties that might otherwise have divided them.

The mistake of Marxism was not just that it counted on the prospect of capitalism’s final crisis, and therefore could not grasp how capitalism came out of each crisis strengthened.


Created by Lenin and refined by Stalin, the one-party dictatorship and command economy would be Russia’s most consequential bequest in twentieth-century history.

Below is Lenin suffering from dementia, caused by syphilis. Dementia caused by syphilis developed over> 10 years. Lenin was suffering from dementia long before 1918.

Israeli researchers solve the mystery of Lenin’s death.

Lenin was a committed Marxist, who intensely believed that he was fulfilling the founding fathers’ revolutionary vision. For Lenin, Marxism was “a revelation to be received with unquestioning faith, which admits of no doubt or radical criticism.”

Lenin had two crucial interventions in the implementation of Marx’s ideas: the establishment of the Bolshevik party and dictatorship and the establishment of the socialist international and the spread of ideas globally. Lenin, class struggle was the ultimate justification for the ruthless persecution of aristocrats, priests, and wealthy peasants.

Below is the brother of Lenin, Alexandr Ulianov. Alexander was executed for plotting to assassinate Tsar Alexander III. He was the ideologue of an anarchist movement and inspiration for his younger brother Vladimir Ilyich Lenin.

Marxism would have remained a mere chapter in the history of revolutionary ideas had Vladimir Lenin not turned it into the most potent political weapon of ideological transformation of the world. The twentieth century was Lenin’s century. Leninism was a self-styled synthesis of Marxian revolutionary doctrine and the Russian tradition of nihilistic repudiation of the status quo.

Robert Gellately portrayed Lenin as “a heartless and ambitious individual who was self-righteous in claiming to know what was good for ‘humanity,’ brutal in his attempt to subject his people to radical social transformation, and convinced he held the key to the eventual overthrow of global capitalism and the establishment of world Communism’’.

The ‘libertarian’ Lenin bears equal responsibility for the Gulag with the ‘authoritarian’ Lenin. Lenin’s theory of the state rigorously outlawed all and any version of those political institutions and relationships that can make the triumph of the Gulag less likely. In their place, The State and Revolution put a concept of the state that already, in August 1917, was monolithic, authoritarian, single-willed, and uncheckable.


Both, the Soviet Union and NAZI Germany, Leninism, and Fascism represented “a ferocious attack on and a frightening alternative to liberal modernity.” Their simultaneous experiences situated them in “a ‘negative intimacy’ in Europe a framework of ‘war and revolution’ a deadly embrace that increased suffering and destruction unprecedented in history.

In the above sentence, you have the explanation for why today’s Marxists support right-wing dictators and authoritarian leaders against democratic societies.


Stalinism itself was the revolution: it broke through the already frail structures of the ancien régime and laid the groundwork for state socialism in each of the region’s countries. It created an all-pervasive party-state that tried and in most cases succeeded in extending its tentacles into all walks of life.

Below is Stalin(born Ioseb Besarionis dze Jughashvili), arrested as a bank robber.

Stalin’s legitimacy, at the peak of the cult of personality, “in the eyes of his fellow party leaders rested in what they saw as his role of guarantor of their collective power of the state.”

The process of Sovietization meant the incorporation into another world: into a world of institutions, practices, and ways of thinking, that had to be accepted as a bloc, because of the spiritual and the temporal, doctrine and the state, the regime and methods of government, the homeland and the party in power were all mixed in it.”

The main weakness of this system, however, was its chronic deficit of legitimacy. Under mature Stalinism, both in the Soviet Union and in Eastern Europe, autocratic despotism ruined the functioning of the party as an autonomous institution

Stalinism as a political religion overturned traditional morality: good and evil, vice and virtue, truth and lie were drastically revalued. The goal was to create a system that unified victims and torturers, abolished traditional moral taboos, and established a different code, with different prescriptions and prohibitions.

The socialism-type communism was a functional society only in the form of Stalinism.😁

There are 4 distinct periods in the implementation of communist socialism:

1918-1924 CHAOS and NEP (with the partial market economy),

1924-1953 (death of Stalin) – hard Stalinism

1953-1985 – soft Stalinism

after 1985 (Gorbachev) Again CHAOS was generated by reform and return to Lenin’s NEP and partial market economy.

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The good news is, straight-up Marxism is dead everywhere. There is only one truly near-Marxist remaining, North Korea, but even they are just a totalitarian god-king ethnostate with zero interest in World Revolution.

There are no god-kings in modern left-wing states, but there certainly are authoritarian dictators. Strong government intervention is common in their economies, but more to insure Party/Leader control of the centres of financial power than for egalitarian-ideological reasons. World Revolution is dead: tribe, race and soil is alive and well.

Hmm… one more thing…

r/MapPorn,
by u/roi1099

Most of the world reflects the United States on this matter, not Europe.

The issue for me is not

  • “Do people believe that a supernatural deity exists” but
  • “Do people believe that a supernatural deity exists, created the heavens and the earth, is involved in human affairs, and actually provides a law code for men to follow?”

Europe is satisfied with the State as Lord and God, the Source of the Law (and food, and health). This is as true in Poland as in Ireland, in Sweden as in Italy, in Russia as in the United Kingdom.

Assuming that we want an open future worth living in — as in, where society is shaped by the firm, just, and universal Laws of God, rather than the arbitrary whiffle-waffle self-pleasing Laws of Powerful Men — we will have to walk down a different path, as opposed to the European way.

The thirst for Safety, Stability and Security is the road to death. We must embrace risk, accept personal responsibility, and endure loss – even injustice for a time – if we are to win the future.

If we behave like self-governing men who read the Bible and know the Word, who raise up our children and forge our future, while dismissing politicians, ideologues, and other self-serving power’n’control types “who only wants the best for us”, we will live, even as they die.

Christ – but not Darwin, nor Marx – commands us to choose life.

Let’s do that.

Sentimentality vs. Law

From a DeviantArt Post by BritannicLoyalist

It’s crazy that we have become so desensitized to the slaughter of unborn babies, yet replace baby with any animal and people would lose it.

And my reply:

Children make demands we cannot lawfully refuse, and their cries insist that we bear non-negotiable responsibility to others.

With animals, we have control, we decide to care or not. The power is in our hands, not some force above us or beyond our control.

We choose to care for animals. God demands that we care for children.

Men don’t like it when God makes demands of them.

Men want to be autonomous: little gods.

“What I say matter. Not what God says.”

Autonomy from God is death… but, many don’t care about that.

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Optional sentimentality and cuteness is easy. Mandatory law and justice is hard. And people will chose the easy road, if they can.

Even if it is, in the long term, the road to death… “who cares?” says the average modern, who fears no Judgement of God.

(But GREATLY fears the Judgement of Men: his peers, or political & social leaders, or government judges, or wealthy men.)

“So the society is full of old people in 50 years. That does not matter to me today, and after I die it will never matter to me, ever again. What actually does matter is that I get what I want, right now.”

Men still know what is demanded of them. But they will make something up to substitute, so that they can feel good about themselves.

After all, many women in East Asia transport their small pampered pet dogs in prams, and make sure to dress and feed them well.

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“For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.”

– II Timothy 3:2-5

To love animals over babies is a way to appear godly, while denying the power of actual godliness.

It’s hard to avoid such people… which is why fellowship among Christians is to be encouraged. Jesus met His people over meals.

Societies that cut themselves from God wither and die. We must build a society that hews close to God, obeys God, loves God… and so loves babies!

That is how we build a future. It is one of the ways we are to disciple the nations to obey Christ, and live.

The Surprising Relevance of Engineering in Biology

Christians would be quite intelligent, to pour more effort into engineering, mathematics, and the biological sciences.

It’s a good avenue for young children to investigate. Along with computer sciences (from workman-level competent programming to high-level cryptography) and mathematics.

Christ and His will must be Lord of everything. Including the hard sciences.

Anything else is just babble about “math is racist”, “the laws of physics are an invention of evil Europeans”, “our gender is whatever we want it to be”, yabba yabba do.

Jesus Christ is not a gnostic: the real, physical cosmos that He made is of value, and we must respect it.


Mastering the law, and upholding legal systems worthy of the name (i.e. Mosaic) rather than whatever arbitrary nonsense powerful people want at the moment (i.e. Secular), is also a step in the right direction.

It will take decades to raise up Christ’s standard as the formal law of the land: but there is a lot of spade work to be done, before we reach the mountain peak. Governing ourselves, our associations and churches and families, our civic groups and our businesses under God’s Word are the building blocks.

After the foundation is laid, the capstone can be secured.

But to reach that peak, we must earn the right to stand on it.

But reach there we must, even if it takes two, three generations.

God demands it.

Therefore, His people must do it.

The Will to Rebuild

“The will to rebuild is basic to those who see sin as the problem, and God and His law-word as the answer. They are concerned with rebuilding in their own lives, to exercise dominion over themselves and the earth, and they are thus the forerunners of reconstruction in every realm. To them all things are possible under God….

“More such men are needed now, in every sphere of endeavor, who will, under God, work to further His Kingdom, establish His law order, and bring all things under the dominion of man as God’s vicegerent.

“The basic problem is in man, not in his environment. Man’s freedom begins within, and man’s dominion begins within. We are not in the twilight of man and his history, but rather closer to the dawn. This is still God’s world; He has not abdicated. Have you?”

R.J. Rushdoony, “Locating Our Problem,” 1973.
From Facebook

A lot of men argue and insist and life as if God has abdicated.

He has done no such thing.

And to insist on the lie will only bring more harm and pain, as reality pushes past illusions and wishful thinking.

Better to live in accordance with reality, than in defiance of reality.

Matthew 25:20-21, ESV

 And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here, I have made five talents more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 

Christians are to follow the example of the man with five talents, the good and worthy servant who enters into the joy of the Master.

Those talents were put to work, in expanding the King’s realm. Starting with ourselves and our thoughts, actions, property, abilities.

Matthew 25:29-30, ESV

 For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

If you know about Rushdoony, then you have been given much. As such, more is expected of you, as it is of me.

With greater knowledge, comes greater expectations, and greater demands.

And greater victory, for those who rise to the occasion.

It Starts in a Man’s Heart and Mind

“The basic problem is in man, not in his environment. Man’s freedom begins within, and man’s dominion begins within.”

God’s people start small, with personal obedience. Personal obedience will be rewarded from Above… and after personal obedience, is corporate obedience.

In the family, in the assembly of God, in the business, in the neighborhood. And so the world of obedience, of blessing, expands to cover the nation, and the world.

Even unto the cosmos, wherever the Children of God reside! Across the stars, across heaven and earth: where there is obedience to God, there is blessing.