Daily Bell: Will the curriculum emphasize spiritual or religious issues?Gary North: Every issue is religious. Commitment to the free society is deeply religious . . . and not widely shared.
The Hatred of the Masters
… Once again I found that Atheists was the group with the most disaffection – 45.5 percent of the respondents ranked them a standard deviation below the mean. They were followed respectively by Christian fundamentalists (32.2 percent), Muslims (31.2 percent) and Mormons (19.6 percent).[…]Beyond basic stereotypical descriptions, these individuals tended to label fundamentalists as those who believed the Bible to be the literal word of God. According to the 2012 ANES, about a third of Americans have such a belief. If the respondents in the ANES use a similar definition of fundamentalism then the animosity exhibited by them is not directed at an extreme Christian fringe but against a substantial portion of the population.[…]What is as important as the extent of this animosity is who tends to possess this animosity. Those who listed Christian fundamentalists a standard deviation below the mean of the other groups are 79.4 percent white, 47.6 percent with a bachelor degree, 64.5 percent make at least $50,000 a year and 29.2 percent make at least $100,000 a year. All of these numbers are significantly higher than the percentages in the population without this animosity. Thus, those with anti-Christian hostility are whiter, better educated and wealthier than others in our society. These are majority group qualities indicating that those with anti-Christian animosity have more per-capita social power than the average person. More.
Now, if this was the early-to-mid 20th century – with it’s highly centralized communication systems, and its masses that deeply trusted the Legitimate Authorities – then yes, I would be ringing the bell of inevitable persecution that Elite Hostility naturally leads to.
But that was then, and this is now.
Why Fear the Masters, When They Can’t Reward Your Obedience?
First off, in the West, Our Masters have found it a lot more easy to simply stuff the mouths of their enemies with gold than use machine-guns… but the money for the bribes is getting harder and harder to find. Somewhere between the next recession (2017?) and the one after that (2025?), the welfare state is going to start falling apart, and a lot of people who had their mouths stuffed with money are going to find that they can speak again.
Especially when they realize that they aren’t ever getting back on the gravy train again, as it has gotten a lot shorter than it was.
And it won’t just be the impoverished men of the ghettos and the hoods who will lose the buy-offs of the welfare cheques. Below the 1%, is the 4% that act as their right-hand men, and the 16% below them who are the (ever-shrinking) upper middle class.
That 16% is in for a world of hurt in the next financial crisis. A lot of government employees are going to be cut off. And a lot of oldsters. Tons of medical professionals. Academics. Policemen. Clerks.
And it won’t just be them. The major corporations – who fully back the Establishment Vision of Our Tolerant Future, by the way – are going to do a major burn-off among the ranks. The top will be safe, and a few indispensable support staff (usually sales). Everyone else is going to walk – especially those with a nice salary, who can be replaced for 1/3 the cost, or less.
This includes the media, academia, and the entertainment complex, as well as taxi drivers, fast-food workers, and restaurant servers.
It’s ALL going to go.
And a LOT of people will look at Our Masters with great hostility.
Why Fear the Masters, if They Can’t Hurt You?
The bureaucracy can destroy any single man, with ease. But if you have millions of unemployed and angry men, old and young, White and Black and Hispanic…it’s going to get risky. Too many people foolishly trusted The System, and they are going to turn on the Masters who promised them the world.
The more the bureaucracy acts, the more likely it’s going to get exposed on the Web. With a billion websites out there, there are simply too many things to monitor – and nobody is going to hire a million sensors, a la China.
With the failing economy, comes the shrinking police forces, and a surveillance network that’s shriveling on the vine – either via inflation, or by cutbacks, or both. A proper tyranny costs real money… and the Masters simply won’t have it when they need it. Nor will they be able to enforce a univocal media complex, when the mainstream media can’t get it together even today!
When words gets out that Our Masters have neither carrots nor sticks, they will be revealed to be the empty shells they always were.
Why Fear the Masters, When They Can’t Even Speak in One Voice?
Not even China can properly silence the web: it acts mainly to stifle and muffle dissent, but even this has some gaps and leaks.
But China has a (fairly) unified race, culture and belief system. Our Masters have worked for decades to break up the unity of the old culture – racially, religiously, morally, ethically, and in all other ways. The goal was to have the State – and ONLY the State – as the True Judge and Master of All Men.
But with the State busted financially, there won’t be a single voice, a single church, a single race that can act as a power base for a New Establishment. It’s all shattered, and increasing technological change will insure that it will stay shattered.
You can’t obey the Masters, if you can’t understand what they are saying!
Why Fear the Masters, When Christ Didn’t?
Christ already told us that His people must be ready to bear the cross. His people shall call Christ their true Master: and, as there is only room in our heart for one Master, those men who rule our society will have to take second place.
(And now you know the real reason for Our Masters’ Enmity: “He who fears God, has no need to fear Men.”)
As the only Worthwhile Master – the One who gave His life for the sheep – said:
A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a slave above his master. It is enough for the disciple that he become like his teacher, and the slave like his master. If they have called the head of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign the members of his household!
Therefore do not fear them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. What I tell you in the darkness, speak in the light; and what you hear whispered in your ear, proclaim upon the housetops. Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.
Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven.
Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I came to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and a man’s enemies will be the members of his household.
He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who has found his life will lose it, and he who has lost his life for My sake will find it.
Ever since the 1950s at least – and, more likely, the early 1800s – most Christians in high positions have been quick to crawl before their enemies, as standing for Christ simply isn’t worth the price of losing their cushy jobs (Academic, Bureaucratic, Corporate, or the State Church in Europe).
Fall of the Masters
If American Christians actually voted and acted in accordance with the beliefs they claim to have, it wouldn’t take one year to ditch 50% of the cultural trash that dominate our culture today, and no less than 40 years to change this culture immeasurably for the better.
But currently, there is a price for doing this – perhaps a loss of a good job with medical benefits, losing important friends, or being cast out of the academic establishment for forty years. And for most Western Christians, any price paid at all is simply too much.
(In his article “Why Tax-Funded Education Is Doomed” (paywall), North notes that people claim to act morally, but their morals seem to be determined by their paycheques. I can only agree.)
And yet, I think that people will actually re-establish a Christian society locally – in their town, county, or neighbourhood – so long as it doesn’t cost them anything significant to do so. And with technology moving along as it is, coupled with the financial bankruptcy of the bureaucratic state (and the resulting loss of trust and legitimacy) the cost of establishing such societies is going to fall rather sharply over the years.
You can’t look for the Beltway Conservatives for salvation: that conservative movement was last seen floating by face-down in a pool of money. You’re going to have to break with Your Masters yourselves: by local action, or by peaceful secession in the style of the anti-Empire Vaclav Klaus.
Fortunately, the price for freedom will continue to decline: gradually for now, and rather sharply later. And as any capitalist could tell you,”the lower the price, the more it is demanded.”
I hope you will get in early: maybe just a blog for now, but later with a work crew with your friends and allies, in your neighbourhood or town. Wishing won’t make it so: but good ideals, followed by good action, will get the job done over time. First toddle, then walk, then run.
“I will drive them out before you little by little, until you become fruitful and take possession of the land.”