Monthly Archives: October 2014

Them That’s Got Shall Get

I read a good article on how the subprime crisis acted like a shaped explosion – shaped in the direction of Black Americans, that is.

As the wealthiest black-majority county in the United States, Prince George’s has long represented the pinnacle of black success. The county’s median household income is $73,568—a full $20,000 more than the median household income of the United States as a whole. Only 7.1 percent of U.S. firms are black-owned, but in Prince George’s that number stands at a whopping 54.5 percent.

I am heartened by the number of Black entrepreneurs – this is the way to the future! (And the way to build wealth…) But I am also suspicious of just how close local links are to long-term Black Federal employees. Blacks are overrepresented in the ranks of government bureaucracies – something that is going to bite, when the Great Default kicks in and there are massive cutbacks across the board.

Hint: Don’t be dependent on a government paycheck.

Across the nation, black homeowners were disproportionately affected by the foreclosure crisis, with more than 240,000 blacks losing homes they had owned. Black homeowners in the D.C. region were 20 percent more likely to lose their homes compared to whites with similar incomes and lifestyles. (See the December 2012 issue of The American Prospect, “The Collapse of Black Wealth,” by Monica Potts.) The foreclosure crisis also affected blacks of all income brackets; high-earning blacks were 80 percent more likely to lose their homes than their white counterparts, making the homeowners of Prince George’s County prime targets.

This is in part due to poor government policy, like the Community Reinvestment Act. But there’s more to the story than that…

It turned out that several of the major banks had been purposely giving people of color subprime mortgages, including borrowers who would have qualified for a prime loan. The City of Baltimore took Wells Fargo to court, bringing some of the banking giant’s abhorrent lending practices to light. One former employee testified that in 2001, Wells Fargo created a unit that would be responsible for pushing expensive refinance loans on black customers, especially those living in Baltimore, southeast Washington, D.C., and Prince George’s County—all locations with large black populations.

According to court testimony, some of the loan officers at Wells Fargo spoke of these subprime loans as “ghetto loans,” and referred to their black customers as “mud people.” There was even a cash incentive for loan officers to aggressively market subprime mortgages in minority neighborhoods. In the end, the Justice Department found that 4,500 homeowners in Baltimore and the Washington, D.C., region that had been affected by these flat-out racist lending practices.

Specifically targeted for subprime loans among the minority demographic were black women. Women of color are the most likely to receive subprime loans while white men are the least likely; the disparity grows with income levels. Compared to white men earning the same level of income, black women earning less than the area median income are two and a half times more likely to receive subprime. Upper-income black women were nearly five times more likely to receive subprime purchase mortgages than upper-income white men.

This happened about 40+ years after the Civil Rights acts.

Soon after the subprime crisis destroyed a major portion of Black wealth, there arose a Black president, who – along with his Black Attorney General, Eric Holder – decided not to imprison any bankers or financiers who lead the destruction of Black (and American) prosperity.

It would have angered their Goldman Sach friends, I suspect. And – since they can rely on the racial vote – why should they challenge the real powers that run America? Better to look good for the cameras, and get those million-dollar speaking engagements after retirement.

(I still can’t believe that those men just let the vicious Drug War just keep on destroying Black America, while undermining the rule of law for everyone! What a joke.)


So, now what?

There will be calls for more laws and more rules and more regulations. Like 40+ years of rules and regs have helped Black America.

(And do you seriously think that more rules are going to stop the banks from doing exactly what they want? Really?)

That isn’t going to work.

What is going to be needed are educated and trustworthy Black people, lending to each other, and building up their community.

You know, just like the Jews, and the Chinese, and the East Indians, and the Koreans, and all the other winners do.

But to do that, you need educated and trustworthy Black people – something that the government schools will be sure to either destroy at the root (see the inner city schools – including those ruled by Black mayors) or corrupt in the universities (Obama the Community Organizer? Oh please.)

As the schools have been worthless for 40+ years, this means homeschooling.

You also need a basis of trust and authority within the Black community – which means fathers that stick with and rule their families, and who work together to look after their families.

Begging for Our Political Master to save you isn’t going to cut it.

 

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Donations that Work – Mises Institute

After reading that the Mises Institute was given a book, American Liberalism, that described the shift of American intellectual opinion from “stay out of other people’s business” to “World Police!”

I asked them when this book would come out, and they said “donate, and we can make it happen”.

So I did, and others did too, and it really happened in less than a month!

I have never seen such results, so quickly. So, I recommend that if you want your money to get results for liberty, give to the Mises Institute!

Factory Jobs

Do you know what holding down an ordinary factory job will mean in the future?

This…

…and this.

Do you see what’s missing?

Unskilled labour, and muscle-men shoving and pushing things into place.

There are jobs in the future, but they are for skilled craftsmen, disciplined workers, and tech-heads.

Not illiterates. That ship sailed in the 1960s, when Japan started to rise over the horizon.


North’s essay today – Lots of Robots, but More People – underlines his expectations that it will be the Hispanic labourers of today who will be getting these nice-paying, steady jobs tomorrow. Not Black men, stuck in their ignorance on the welfare-state plantation, depending on today’s teachers in ideologically-pure, liberally-run cities for their pathetic pseudo-education.

“But those ignorant, welfare-dependent, gangster types are sure to know who to vote for – and isn’t that all that matters?”

“So long as you can take the wealth of others to divvy up!”

“And when the welfare money is gone…?”

“Interesting times.”

“Violence and riots won’t bring back the good old days. Or make good jobs.”

“Some people will only learn the hard way.”

What do Black parents need to do? Besides get and stay married, get and keep a job, and get out of the inner cities?

Homeschool their children.

It is the public school, coupled with the welfare-state, that has destroyed the future of millions of Black kids – ‘graduating’ illiterates and innumerates, introducing many to drugs and gangs, and then (if they even stay long enough to graduate) dumping them to flay about and fail in the real world.

Dump it.

And maybe Black sons can get a decent factory job in the future.

Datadump: Things That Caught My Eye II

More things that I can’t find a use for, but I don’t want forgotten…


Obviously, the relative population size matters in the decision to war or not to war. Likewise it matters what resources and technological capabilities are at the secessionists’ disposal. Also the geographical location of the secessionists can weigh in favor or against intervention. But this cannot be all. For how is one to explain, for instance, that France has not long ago conquered Monaco, or Germany Luxemburg, or Switzerland Liechtenstein, or Italy Vatican City, or the U.S. Costa Rica? Or how is one to explain that the U.S. does not “finish the job” in Iraq by simply killing all Iraqis. Surely, in terms of population, technology and geography such are manageable tasks.

The reason for these omissions is not that French, German, Swiss, Italian or U.S. state rulers have principled moral scruples against conquest, occupation, expropriation, confiscation, enslavement and the imprisonment or killing of innocents – they do these things on a daily basis to their “own” population. Bush, for instance, has no compunction ordering to kill innocent Iraqis. He does so every day. Rather, what constrains the conduct of state rulers and explains their reluctance to do things that appear feasible from a “technical” point of view is public opinion, domestically, but also abroad.

As La Boetie, Hume, Mises, Rothbard have explained, government power ultimately rests on opinion, not brute force.

http://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/05/hans-hermann-hoppe/how-to-defend-yourself/ – Reflections on State and War

An interesting truth. Something that I tend to ignore… but to my loss. Masters have a great desire to Look Good!


 Why stand in the spotlight when you can control it? – George Orwell

Let’s all point to the mainstream media, shall we?


 Because of this, we have seen the rise of underground man, of the lowest elements in society. They are the new revolutionary element! They are bold, because, having nothing, they have nothing to lose. And they are bold because they can smell the fear of them by the rich, and also by the middle class.

Moreover, because the rich, and the middle class, are marked by a weak faith or no faith at all, they are cowardly when challenged. The underground people, sensing this, push as much as they can.

Once underground man was confronted with the challenge of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Now, money is thrown at him in the vain hope of buying him off.

R.J. Rushdoony, “Wealth, Responsibility, and Cowardance” http://chalcedon.edu/research/articles/wealth-responsibility-and-cowardice/

From Roots of Reconstruction, p. 393 http://chalcedon.edu/store/item/roots-of-reconstruction/

Underground man is no longer bold, or revolutionary. There is no current fear of such men, as these man are locked into their porn or their drugs or their games.

Moreover, the middle class is well on its way to utter destruction, and the upper class can always buy the security they want, or simply flee the country with a major portion of their wealth.

Will this always be true? I don’t think so: when the welfare cheques stop, underground man is going to go on a rampage. He will have no revolutionary program: just to steal and kill and take what he wants. That will be enough to turn good chunks of the country into lawless zones.


The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history. – George Orwell

Odd… Our Loving Masters seem to have never heard of Stephen Langton. I wonder why…


The reason for this claim is the doctrine of democratic peace, which goes back to the days of Woodrow Wilson and World War I, has been revived in recent years by George W. Bush and his neo-conservative advisors, and by now has become intellectual folklore even in liberal-libertarian circles. The theory claims:

Democracies do not go to war against each other.

Hence, in order to create lasting peace, the entire world must be made democratic.

And as a – largely unstated – corollary:

Today, many states are not democratic and resist internal – democratic – reform.

Hence, war must be waged on those states in order to convert them to democracy and thus create lasting peace.

I do not have the patience for a full-blown critique of this theory. I shall merely provide a brief critique of the theory’s initial premise and its ultimate conclusion.

http://archive.lewrockwell.com/hoppe/hoppe34.1.html – “The Paradox of Imperialism”

It is unwise to mistake the Democratic Community, with the American Empire…


 

Tom Kowitz of Baldy and the Blonde writes me:

New Orleans Jazz Fest was spectacular this year. Springsteen was here, and Clapton, Santana, John Fogerty, Johnny Winter, and, of course,  bureaucrats of the feral government.

On Sunday while at the Fogerty concert, I tried to buy two beers at a tent sent up by a local Kiwanis Club, but I was turned down because I didn’t have my leviathan-issued ID. I’m 53, but at that time on that day, I probably looked about 18. In dog years. I removed my hat and sunglasses, revealing alarmingly little hair and numerous wrinkles, but that did no good.

“I can’t sell to you if you don’t have ID.”

“I never carry my ID.”

“Then I can’t sell to you.”

“Per whose rules? Your club’s?”

“ATF.”

“Well, that’s ridiculous.”

And at this point, I swear, she looked worriedly over my shoulder and said, “ATF. They’re here.”

I’m not making this up.

I said, “The best thing to do with stupid rules is break them. We have to stand up to these people and  break their stupid rules.”

“Sorry.”

And that was that.

9:32 am on May 6, 2014
Becky Akers

Now, THAT’s what I call slavery!


 

Strange comments on today’s youth:
Today’s Youth Have Never Been Young & We Were Young, and Headed to the Stars

Well, those days are gone.

But it is the duty of the Christian – especially an optimistic Christian, who beieves that the stars are his (or his descendants) to remember, and rekindle the dream.

To quote from the second article:

It’s hard for modern young people to understand what it was like to grow up as a scientifically minded child in the 1960s. It was a special time that has, sadly, passed.

Each week there was a new step toward the stars. And this was not science fiction, this was reality.

Satellites had never existed in all the long history of mankind, but we saw them going up – and functioning – one after another.

As the Gemini program moved forward, we saw men living in space for more and more days at a time; they learned to rendezvous, and they even left their capsule and “walked in space.”

And then we geared-up for a trip to the moon… and succeeded!

Why wouldn’t a young person believe humanity was on its way to the stars? Humanity WAS on its way to the stars!

And on top of that, we had Star Trek. Remember that while Star Trek was clearly fiction, it was easy to see it as just a few steps ahead of us. And Star Trek was all about morality tales. We looked forward not only to an interesting future, but a good one, where we all became better.

And again, this was not at all unreasonable – we were taking clear steps toward it day by day. This was REAL.

And Then…

And then, it all stopped. Skylab and the shuttle were steps backward, useful mostly for saving face. Humanity stopped progressing and pulled back from the stars. If any of us still need a reason to judge government as unworthy of our time and treasure, here it is.

Since space was closed, we’ve endured boring, washed-out decades, focused on anything but the awe-inspiring, the good, and the heroic.

I strongly believe that those days will return… eventually.


 

Every Christian is to become a little Christ. The whole purpose of becoming a Christian is simply nothing else. – C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity


Don’t Howl in the Wind… bait traps instead. Steady, cognent discussion and face-to-face conversation are the levers needed to change the world.

Related to the above – which notes the success of coyotes (who flee fights) compared to the losses of wolves (lone or in packs) – is a discussion on the American Indians. A good read – and a good argument against the Welfare State.


 

 

Datadump: Things That Caught My Eye

There are a lot of scraps and bits of interesting information that I pick up, but can’t seem to use. Maybe you will find a way to put it to work!

The Datadump of Scattered Thoughts

Even if all the data point to an intelligent designer, such a hypothesis is excluded from science because it is not naturalistic.- Dr. Scott Todd.

Ah, the scientific method in action! “Accept all the evidence, no matter where it leads.”


A footnote from Answers in Genesis:

“We are not taking an official position on whether man is dichotomous (body and soul/spirit; where soul and spirit are merely interchangeable words of the same substance) or trichotomous (body, soul, and spirit; where each are truly separate and unique). This is a disputed issue among theologians and there doesn’t seem to be a clear answer to it. Personally, I would lean toward a view that incorporates both in a unique way. The spirit would be a modified aspect of the soul, like a flip side of the same coin. There is one coin but two unique sides to it. In other words, our soul is specially fashioned with a spiritual aspect, like duality. So soul and spirit could almost be used interchangeably (being two parts to the same “coin”), which we find in Scripture (Luke 1:36–47). Yet soul and spirit could be seen as unique (two sides of the “coin”), which we also find in Scripture (1 Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 4:12). Of course, a thorough treatment of this subject would require much more than this short footnote.”

Once upon a time, taverns would break out into fistfights over questions like this.


My addendum to North’s Two Mindsets: Entrepreneurial and Bureaucratic: Christians had better be entrepreneurial – just as that famous tentmaker the Apostle Paul was. Bureaucracies are Establishment organizations, and the Establishment always sets its face against Christ.

In their search for safety and certainty and innate mix of cowardice and bully-boy behaviour, their love for the dead letter and loathing of growth and change, they are  everything Christians should not be.


This is one of the best articles I ever read from Rothbard.

It could even be required reading for Christian leaders, like C.S. Lewis’ The Inner Ring is.


It is true that democracy undermines freedom when voters believe they can live off of others’ productivity, when they modify the commandment: “Thou shalt not steal, except by majority vote.” The politics of plunder is no doubt destructive of both morality and the division of labor. But there is no law of historical decline that says that people cannot change their minds.

Changing minds is what education is all about. So is evangelism. Neither progress nor decline is guaranteed by some internal logic of society. Logic is what people use to interpret and then change society. There is no such thing as social logic.

A real quote, in response to a fake quote.

Nothing will changes for the better, Christian, unless we do something about it.

(And wailing about how bad the world is, and how we have no choice but to wait for the Second Coming, does not count as “doing something about it!”


 

Here the Random Event, the Ma­niac, the Prophet, and the Genius have to be reckoned with. We have absolutely no way of escaping them. The future-predictors don’t suggest that we can avoid or escape them —or ever be able to predict or forecast them. What the future-predictors, the change-analysts, and the trend-tenders say in effect is that with the aid of institute resources, comput­ers, linear programming, etc. they will deal with the kinds of change that are not the consequence of the Random Event, the Genius, the Ma­niac, and the Prophet.

To which I only say: there really aren’t any; not any worth looking at, anyhow.

From The Year 2000 and All That, by Robert Nisbet


I have recently realized that, to a certain extent, the Web can be used to predict the future. See here and here.

Can anyone reading this blog turn this fact to profitable use?


“How do I know that pornography depraves and corrupts? It depraves and corrupts me.” ~ Malcolm Muggeridge

“Do not be proud of the fact that your grandmother was shocked at something which you are accustomed to seeing or hearing without being shocked. … It may be that your grandmother was an extremely lively and vital animal, and that you are a paralytic.” ~ G.K. Chesterton

Tell me about it Chesterton – I live in an entire civilization of moral paralytics!


In the book Jesus vs. Jerusalem, I found this quote:

So we are absent any—and I mean any—Scripture mandate about where a Temple should have been, or should be located. This is no big deal to a preterist, of course, since he or she would not expect a rebuilt Temple anyway. But it should be quite freeing to a Zionist or a dispensationalist. For these people now no longer have to worry about replacing the Dome- of-the-Rock. Since the whole complex of mountains called “Zion” is at their disposal, they could biblically, prophetically, start building a Temple tomorrow, or even today.

But, if modern-day Jews want that particular Mount so badly as to insist on it, they should do what David did: pay fair market value. And if the Muslims don’t want to sell at any price, tough lamb chops. Go somewhere else.

Israel has control over all of Mt. Zion except the Mosque-domed so- called “temple mount.” But Israel doesn’t need this, biblically speaking. So, I have a proposition: every Zionist, Orthodox Jew, Dispensationalist, and Premillennialist who believes there must be a rebuilt Temple ought immediately to start a foundation and a movement to build a Temple anywhere in Jerusalem that Israel already controls. This will hasten the last days and the coming of Jesus Himself!

Of course, failure to do this will be a tacit admission that all of these parties are more interested in bashing Muslims and squeezing the wallets of gullible Christians than advancing the weightier matters of their reli- gion (Haven’t we heard that theme before? Matt. 23:23; Luke 11:22). Thus, their motivation to capture the Temple mount when they don’t really need it is revealed as pure envy.

Thank you, McDurmon!


It is true that the State is a monster, but Clan/Tribal culture is no substitute. We must turn to Christ.


In the “Faith for All of Life” magazine on The Library (Published July/August 2014), there was a strong focus on the need for Christian scholarship.

One day, Christians will get serious about this.

One day.

Until Christians get cracking, and starting putting a high value on Divine Justice again, we will continue to live with self-serving secular abominations like “Absolute Immunity”.


Christians should take their service to a pagan state seriously.

That’s why it is very wise for Christians to avoid service in the military.

Or even in the police.


 When you study how the U.S. goes to war, there is a prevalent though not perfect pattern. The triggering event is often a sudden crisis that galvanizes popular opinion and becomes the immediate occasion for military intervention but subsequently is exposed as a misguided perception or outright fabrication.

The American way of war: It may surprise you by


The Truth Will Set You Free

  • Gutenberg was a greater advance for Christianity than all the Crusades of all history (possibly better than the Roman road, trade, and legal system that pushed Christianity forward in the first few centuries)
  • Camcorders, blogs, and a fast Internet connection are what we need, not bombs or uniforms. The Spirit, not the Flesh, is the way forward.

The Flesh = other religions. God’s people are to follow the spirit. His kingdom is not of this world, so it does not originate with armies or violence or secret surveillance or mystical rituals.

It is obedience to God that brings reward for you and your society.


 North makes a good discussion on why we don’t need to fear the Surveillance State here.

(And a related bonus: Why bureaucracies have difficulty attracting talented staff…)


  Fred Reed argues against the wussification of boys here. Christian fathers, take note!

(And yes, I know Mr. Reed is not a Christian. He’s still worth reading, though.)


“In history, there are comparable representative events. There are times of covenant renewal. An individual goes from victory to victory. But if he goes from failure to failure, he has reason to believe that he is heading toward final rejection. There is a relationship between history and eternity. The sanctions in history reflect the sanctions in eternity.” – Covenantal Economics, pdf 183

Or, put another way, Real Life Matters.


A few ‘scribbled notes in the margin’:

Fear God and protect the small – you need liberty to do this – and liberty to keep costs down, and opportunities for growth as broad as possible. The fundamental goal is not to engage in endless wars (as we are neither Muslims nor Marxists), but to set up our society for solid, continuous growth in prosperity and peace, generation after generation.

Money is a tool, so use it – don’t worship it. Education is the way: at home from the hands of those who love us, not at school at the hands of bureaucrats who would use us.

Small governments are to be preferred to large ones – a tyrant’s gang of 50 is better than an tyrant’s army of 500,000. It’s easier to defend your space here. Big nations get big because of their skill in violence – so don’t fight on their preferred battlefield. Fight where they are weak – in the failure of their promises, their lies, and their immorality which naturally leads to poverty.

The truth is good, but it is not enough. The truth, widely propagated and put to work – now you’re talking!


Onmishambles – now, that’s a fun word!


As even the Jewish Diamond trade is learning, no one stands on the top forever.


Why won’t states allow secession? points out the obvious answer.


James Dobson had Graham on his May 6, 2010 radio show to discuss anti-Christian measures coming from our government. Both Dobson and Graham saw prophetic significance in these events. They were claiming that the return of Jesus must be around the corner.

If this is the case, then why bother? Nothing can be done to change the inevitable.

Christians could turn this nation around in less than a year if they had the will to do it. But with big-name evangelicals telling them the end must be near, why bother?

Gary Demar, The Theological Schizophrenia of Franklin Graham


  Why Study History?

Because we are in a war. Because we are under assault. The assault above all begins in high school courses on American history. It always has. . . .


 

Lost Potential

I strongly believe that humanity should expand to the stars.

But, I personally doubt if we will do so before the Second Coming.

For one thing, terraforming lifeless worlds is a serious commitment of time and resources, that demand a great deal of far-sightedness….

…but why would any government or society do that – be it Christian, Islamic, Atheistic, or otherwise – when it can use all that wealth and money to enslave and gang-rape its neighbours, and boast of its Mighty Military Power? It’s a lot more fun – as any Visionary Conqueror could tell you – and you’re sure to get the hosannas of both the public and the cognitive elite.

Rome loves a winner, after all.

And it’s a lot more fun than putting the blood, sweat and tears, labourously bringing a dead world to life, for minimal returns for decades, maybe even centuries.

Did any society have the dedication to commit and complete such a monumental task in all of human history?


I believe that the heavens will eventually be granted to us… after the Second Coming – which, even as a postmillennialist (who believes that things will get better over time, in a three-steps-forward, two-steps back sort of way), I assume is thousands of generations away (see quotes for details). Until then, men will continue to focus on immediate access to pleasure and power, with the occasional public celebration of hatred for the Maker of the Stars.

“Gotta keep the power in the hands of the Mighty Men, after all!”

Men that – as any materialist could tell you – you can really see and touch, and enjoy playing with real guns and electric cattle prods that you can also see and touch.


 

But I still refuse to put my trust in Mighty Men.

8 But because the Lord loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the Lord brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.

9 Know therefore that the Lord thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;

10 And repayeth them that hate him to their face, to destroy them: he will not be slack to him that hateth him, he will repay him to his face. – Deuteronomy 7:8-10 (KJV)

and

7 He is the Lord our God: his judgments are in all the earth.

8 He hath remembered his covenant for ever, the word which he commanded to a thousand generations. – Psalm 105:7-9 (KJV)


Addendum:

How to Terraform the Moon – it would end up a lot like Florida, supposedly.

And – for our Rational Friends, who know for a fact that a man’s life is worth exactly as much as a housefly’s in this Vast and Meaningless universe of ours…

I have always felt that atheism was invented solely to expand the rule and authority of Our Masters. Still, it could never has flourished as it did without the vigorous support of uncounted Christians – especially clergy.

After all, when Darwin initially got going, most of the scientists of his era disagreed – but the Establishment Priesthood agreed with him.

How repulsive.

[But I admit, no Rationalist truly believes that his life, personally, is worth as much as a housefly. Instead, this radical destruction of the worth of a man is only really aimed at what the Bible says about human beings.

The real goal is to shift the right to decide the worth of a man’s life from God’s throne to the Hand of Dear Leader – and the bureaucracy that serves him.]

 

 

William Penn, Prisons, and Justice

I was recently reminded that in prisons, men who rape other men are never called “homosexuals” – only the victims are.

This is the perfect example of modern, power-adoring definitions of righteous, where

  • the blessings – including the blessing of being recognized as the victim – God gives to the victims are instead taken by the wicked,
  • and the curses God gives to the wicked are instead placed on the innocent.

While the people with the power laughs and laughs and laughs, enjoying their pleasures.

Taken at the cost of others, of course.


The main thief is, naturally, the State, which calls itself the avenger of the innocent while gathering wealth and power to itself.

But all this would stop, good and fast, if Christians

  • Would recognize that they could be shoved in the prison system, for whatever reason Our Leaders choose. After all, Our Friends can read into the Constitution precisely what they choose to, regardless of what that piece of paper actually says.
  • Understood that Christ’s authority involves all of life. Nothing and no place is to be consider outside of the dominion of Christ’s Law-Word.
  • Actually obeyed God’s commandment to visit the believers in prison. Far too many times, we simply ignore God’s will here because it would be uncomfortable. So we abandon believers – even flawed believers, who truly committed real crimes – to rot there. We refuse to shine our light, and so allow great cruelty and wickedness to fester and grow.

But all this is only the beginning.

As Gary North spells out in his book Victim’s Rights, the law is not supposed to do what it is doing today:

  • taking money from the victims to feed, heal, and house criminals;
  • inflict grotesque punishments for non-crimes: i.e. sending 14-year old boys to be raped as the consequence for selling drugs;
  • despise the Law, letting go who God said to execute, and impoverishing, bankrupting, even executing, those God said to spare;
  • be rewritten to please powerful men or the baying mob, when the Law must be defined and protected by the Bible alone.

For only the God of the Bible is interested in Law as Justice, instead of Law as Power’n’Control tool, which is how Our Leaders use it.


Now, most people simply don’t care at all about any of this. “Obedience to Authority” – the (visible) men with the nice suits or fine set of badges and guns , and not to the (invisible) Maker and Judge of Heaven and Earth – is the safe route, and thus what shall be propagated by both the common folk, and the Leaders they have chosen to support.

Christians may not follow the masses, nor the direction of Our Betters. They aren’t to make trouble for the sake of making trouble, and should get along in peace whenever possible – as unnecessary strife and trouble is just an unneeded cost and distraction of doing the Work of God.

But when the chips are down, we do what God commands. His will is higher than that of men, be they few and powerful, or many and violent.


One thing we don’t need are more ‘reformers’ like William Penn.

The prisons of his time were hellholes. But instead of abolishing them – the Bible permits restitution, slavery, or execution as punishment for wrongdoing, not imprisonment (for only God has the right to establish hell), Penn decided to try to reform these prisons into Workshops, complete with puritanical rules – from no swearing, to no cockfighting – to insure the penitence and reformation of the prisoners.

What a crock these ‘penitentiaries’ have turned out to be.

It’s well past time that Christians stopped running away from the commands of God – in both the Old and New Testaments – and started obeying them, instead.