Now, if you have been tracking me here and at Stellar Reaches, you know that I endorse libertarianism and the sovereign county rights movement, and I greatly favour the idea of abolishing the standing army. “And leave the ever-expanding Secret Police and Covert Spies to the atheistic governments!”
Thanks to the ever-disintegrating level of governmental power (at least since the fall of the Soviet Union, and debatably since the fall of the European Empires in the mid-20th century) I can comfortably declare the future will contain:
No empires. Not in a universe where every computer has the spying power of the NSA (estimated due date: 2040s) and anyone can print out warbots to their heart’s content. Toss in a universally encrypted internet, and you’re good.
Yes, various form of mind-reading machines should be available by then. Which will be either be immediately joined by 1) effective technological countermeasures; 2) mass enslavement, followed promptly by mass impoverishment, mass extinction, and the implosion of the latest version of the Total State; 3) mass production of said mind-reading machines, leading to all sorts of fun times.
Aside: For some bizarre reason (see: the Ancient Greeks), the Powers that Be always think that a few IQ 160 types – i.e. themselves – should rule with a handful of IQ 120-100 aides and household servants, and everyone else should be reduced to IQ 85 or so, sterilized, and used as disposable work/pleasure slaves For The Greater Good of All. “A combination of Sparta, Rome, Pharaonic Egypt, and North Korea? Heaven itself!”
As opposed to the usual power pyramid, God prefers everyone to push as high as they can, and work together in freely chosen associations who prosper via willing associations. (Small enough to be actual democracies: no more than a million people methinks, and usually a lot less.) “Small enough that ‘looking out for your neighbour’ actually means something.” Also, small enough that any bit-sized tyrant waving a cross can be easily evaded, driven out by the local mob, and/or casually ignored.
(As opposed to the million-man armies and huge surveillance networks that the Rational Order types love to create.)
If you insist on living apart from God… well, passport and movement controls aren’t part of the the laws of Moses (as opposed to the usual socialist control-freak dispensation), so just pack up and go. There are going to be sinners for a very long time to come, so there’s always going to be places where you can destroy yourself to your heart’s content.
(Expect trouble when interfering with other people’s lives, liberty, and property though.)
…and one thing I suspect…
No materialism. Or at least, no culturally significant atheistic materialism, if only because happiness – as materialistically defined by a certain set of scientifically verifiable biochemical and electrical stimuli – will be available via 3D printers (and/or Wal-Mart) by 2100 at the latest. For those folk, heaven would have arrived on earth, quite literally.
(Suspicious Christians can start googling up “pimp meth addict” for more information. Just replace ‘pimp’ with “the People’s Democracy, which guarantees the scientifically verifiable happiness of all its citizens” and you’re all set.)
Due to the nature of things, the materialists – after failing to enslave the world For Its Own Good – will no doubt lock themselves into
tombs hidden secure sites, and – with a long-lasting power supply, carefully chosen bio/cybertech, and 3D printing for a supply of food and biochemical/electrical pleasure – will enjoy their chosen nirvana for centuries to come in total safety.
Only small-minded, scientifically ignorant, reactionary religious freaks will fail to imitate the shining example of the Men of Reason.
Having missed our chance of “unchanging and unending happiness, safety, and pleasure”, the rest of us will have to keep on keeping on. With the intellectual glory of the great god Science falling into dust, believers – Christian and otherwise – will be forced to turn to other gods for safety.
Righteousness Covering the Hills: For the last 2000 years, Christians have denied the Law-Order of God, longing for any and all political legal orders to direct our government excepting that of Moses. And I mean any other legal order including mass-murdering Socialism, submission-demanding Islam, Caesar-Papism, Divine Right Kingdoms, Revolutionary Dictators, and the self-adoring, power-hungry Democratic Nation-States, dreaming only to turn their citizens into obedient, dependent children, clinging to Nanny forever.
I believe that this rebellion will continue – but with weakening force. The failures of these legal orders are only going to grow more inescapable, and the rewards of obedience to God is going to be more comprehensive. People will turn from evil, not because it is evil, but because it is unprofitable, too easily mocked, and publicly ridiculed.
Question: “You mean, people really believed that politicians – i.e. people who have dedicated their entire lives to gaining power – are suddenly going to stand with the Little People after being elected?
That bureaucrats – who worked very hard to escape any and all sort of accountability and consequences for their actions – are mysteriously going to gain profound reason, compassion, and an unerring sense of justice because of their unaccountability to the general public?
That the major corporations – who lobbied endlessly for favourable legislation, to funnel endless subsidies to themselves while outlawing all competition outside of their legalized cartels – really care about free market capitalism?
That the financial institutions – the very origin of the Too Big To Fail escape from their own incompetence – had the slightest concern for long-term economic stability?
Were people really such fools?”
Answer: “Well, it’s not so much that people were stupid, as much as they simply didn’t care – so long as the welfare state continued to funnel goodies into their pocket.”
Question: “And after the failure of the New Order, almost nobody learned anything?”
Answer: “For most, it was just a massive exercise in blame-shifting while scrambling to get whatever they could. Only a few actually saw what went wrong, repented, and turned to another course.”
Question: “And so once again, most of the freed slaves died wandering in the desert, gripping tightly to their shattered slave chains.”
Answer: “As usual.”