Secession

First, a great article on secession on LewRockwell. Mr. Deist has a lot of good things to say: I will pick out a few quotes here and there:

As Mises wrote in 1927:

The situation of having to belong to a state to which one does not wish to belong is no less onerous if it is the result of an election than if one must endure it as the consequence of a military conquest.

I’m sure this sentiment is shared by many of you. Mises understood that mass democracy was no substitute for liberal society, but rather the enemy of it. Of course he was right: nearly 100 years later, we have been conquered and occupied by the state and its phony veneer of democratic elections. The federal government is now the putative ruler of nearly every aspect of life in America.

This is exactly right. But as every Christian knows, idols exist to be toppled.

But how are the God-States of the West to be toppled? By violent action? Nonsense of course: that merely replaces one mass-murderer with another. (That’s why the Marxists love violent revolutions, of course: their hatred of God naturally leads them to destroy the Image of God whenever possible, from before birth onwards.)

We cannot return to the past: we must press on to the future. As Rob Slane said in a rather different kind of website, “Conservatism is dead … Long live progressivism”  The wise Christian will then ask “Who defines progress?” And of course, the correct answer is “God defines progress, and we measure it by society’s increasing obedience and reverence for His Law-Word.” This is only natural: after all, it is the Scottish Presbyterians who first drew out the idea of progress from the Bible, spelling out their postmillenial hope for the world.

(Wait… did you think that ‘progressive’ meant the Total State of our Loving Masters? Oh come on: that’s just a return to the dead-and-gone cultures Ancient Greece – complete with the endless wars, the perversity, and their eventual sterility & defeat.)

Continuing with Deist’s article:

Frankly it seems clear the federal government is hell-bent on Balkanizing America anyway. So why not seek out ways to split apart rationally and nonviolently? Why dismiss secession, the pragmatic alternative that’s staring us in the face?

Since most of us in the room are Americans, my focus today is on the political and cultural situation here at home. But the same principles of self-ownership, self-determination, and decentralization apply universally — whether we’re considering Texas independence or dozens of active breakaway movements in places like Venice, Catalonia, Scotland, and Belgium.

Quite so. The Better Sort have always despised Christians, and it’s time for us to rule ourselves, without the malicious ‘assistance’ of Our Betters.

Wouldn’t creating a viable secession movement in the US necessarily mean convincing a majority of Americans, or at least a majority of the electorate, to join a mass political campaign much like a presidential election?

I say no. Building a libertarian secession movement need not involve mass political organizing: in fact, national political movements that pander to the Left and Right may well be hopelessly naïve and wasteful of time and resources.

Instead, our focus should be on hyper-localized resistance to the federal government in the form of a “bottom-up” revolution, as Hans-Hermann Hoppe terms it.

Hoppe counsels us to use what little daylight the state affords us defensively: just as force is justified only in self-defense, the use of democratic means is justified only when used to achieve nondemocratic, libertarian, pro-private property ends.

In other words, a bottom-up revolution employs both persuasion and democratic mechanisms to secede at the individual, family, community, and local level — in a million ways that involve turning our backs on the central government rather than attempting to bend its will.

This is what I like to hear: it fits well with home churches, home schooling, and rebuilding society on a local basis – and not some new Galactic Empire.

Politics is a trailing indicator. Culture leads, politics follows. There cannot be a political sea change in America unless and until there is a philosophical, educational, and cultural sea change. Over the last 100 years progressives have overtaken education, media, fine arts, literature, and pop culture — and thus as a result they have overtaken politics. Not the other way around.

We await the day when Christians will understand this: instead of wasting time with the Republicans or various political frauds. Local (county-level) politics; building local cultures with your own stories and songs; building profitable local businesses; setting up a blog to track local politics and measures… that is how things get done.

Culture is shaped by stories and songs, truths lived in our homes and businesses, and public celebrations of Christ and His Reign. The State hates this: but Christ who desires our freedom loves to see His people free from the chains of their enemies. But first, His people must be taught to love freedom, not to passively groan in slavery…

Even writing fanciful sci-fi stories is a step in the right direction: but more can be done!

For example, see The New England Pulpit and the American Revolution, a book that traces the time “When America’s pastors boldly preached politics, resisted tyranny, and founded a nation on the Bible”. God has provided the pulpit: it’s long past time we ditched the empty piety and wish-fulfillment of the Rapture, and set about building God’s kingdom on earth – redeeming the land, and taking it from Satan and his blight-spreading failures/followers.

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.

Jesus told His followers to pray this prayer, for a reason. Believe it, and uphold it. This is His land, and it’s time to set it to rights – and that starts with ditching the government idols which would steal His authority and His glory.

(And yes, I believe that the worlds and the stars of all the Universe will be given to His people as well: but the redemption of the Creation begins here, on this world.)

This is why our movement, the libertarian movement, must be a battle for hearts and minds. It must be an intellectual revolution of ideas, because right now bad ideas run the world. We can’t expect a libertarian political miracle to occur in an illibertarian society.

Now please don’t get me wrong. The philosophy of liberty is growing around the world, and I believe we are winning hearts and minds. This is a time for boldness, not pessimism.

Yet libertarianism will never be a mass —which is to say majority — political movement.

Some people will always support the state, and we shouldn’t kid ourselves about this. It may be due to genetic traits, environmental factors, family influences, bad schools, media influences, or simply an innate human desire to seek the illusion of security.

But we make a fatal mistake when we dilute our message to seek approval from people who seemingly are hardwired to oppose us. And we waste precious time and energy.

What’s important is not convincing those who fundamentally disagree with us, but the degree to which we can extract ourselves from their political control.

This is why secession is a tactically superior approach in my view: it is far less daunting to convince liberty-minded people to walk away from the state than to convince those with a statist mindset to change.

It’s the hard-core 1%, 5%, or (at maximum) 20% who changes history, not the passive and uncaring majority. This has been true in all of history, and it is true today.

The State has been weakening for a long time now: unable to increasingly bribe people, it increasingly resorts to threats and violence and intimidation. The trail of losers. The welfare state will not survive to the 2030s: the national debt will see to that. And the flow of technology continues to break up massive power-and-control structures like the State.

From the Left:

But in fact progressives strongly oppose federalism and states’ rights, much less secession! The reason, of course, is that progressives believe they’re winning and they don’t intend for a minute to let anyone walk away from what they have planned for us.

Democracy is the great political orthodoxy of our times, but its supposed champions on the Left can’t abide true localized democracy — which is in fact the stated aim of secession movements.

They’re interested in democracy only when the vote actually goes their way, and then only at the most attenuated federal level, or preferably for progressives, the international level. The last thing they want is local control over anything! They are the great centralizers and consolidators of state authority.

“Live and let live” is simply not in their DNA.

“Their is only one Source of Meaning in life, and that is the State, Protector of the People” is what they truly deeply believe. Of course, as we all know, there can never be any limits on the true source of order and meaning!

Our friends on the Right are scarcely better on this issue.

Many conservatives are hopelessly wedded to the Lincoln myth and remain in thrall to the central warfare state, no matter the cost.

Ah, the ‘warfare’ part of the warfare-welfare state. Safety under the Security State!

Ultimately, the wisdom of secession starts and ends with the individual. Bad ideas run the world, but must they run your world?

The question we all have to ask ourselves is this: how seriously do we take the right of self-determination, and what are we willing to do in our personal lives to assert it?

Secession really begins at home, with the actions we all take in our everyday lives to distance and remove ourselves from state authority — quietly, nonviolently, inexorably.

The state is crumbling all around us, under the weight of its own contradictions, its own fiscal mess, and its own monetary system. We don’t need to win control of DC.

What we need to do, as people seeking more freedom and a better life for future generations, is to walk away from DC, and make sure we don’t go down with it.

Exactly.

The author then gives some good advice on how to make your liberty a living truth you can see and touch. The only thing I would note is that the author avoids mentioning the church: but as an educational institution, this should be where the everlasting words of the Lord of Liberty should be proclaimed most loudly!

Be Better Than Your Enemies: Speak the Truth

A.N. Wilson wrote a recent article on those repressed Victorians that Our Masters so greatly loathe.

A careful observer of the era – noting the hundreds of thousands of prostitutes in London and Paris, or the clergy’s quick to adopt evolution (and get rid of God as Creator (and thus the lawful Owner) of everything and everybody), or the widespread support for bathing naked – would be puzzled about all this hostility.

The proper reason is that Our Masters loathed both family and church and the firm, as they are social structures outside of our only true Master, the State. So  to do this, they had to slander and lie about the Victorians: if they had said the truth and nothing but the truth, The Loving Ones would not have gotten what they wanted.

This is to be expected, as Our Masters are moral relativists, and are willing to say any old thing, so long as it is effective in getting then what they want.

Christians are not to follow in the footsteps of the enemies of God – and thus, the enemies of Truth, Life, Liberty, Family, Church, and Property.

Christians are to be better than this.


 

It should be noted that those who hate God not only hate speaking the whole Truth as well: they have always loved State power, always loved an ever-expanding level of taxation and centralized, bureaucratic control, and always hated property – which, by definition, means the right to kick out whosoever you wish from your own home and business, just because you wish to.

When you see the enemies of Christ go down one road, be sure to go down a different one.

1) Growth and Blossoming 2) For My Name’s Sake

Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn. – Jesus Christ, Matthew 13:24-30

The truth has a way of coming out. As Christ told us, the wheat and the tares must grow and develop over time, so we can see what they really are.

“I mean this,” said Dimble, answering the question she had not asked. “If you dip into any college, or school, or parish, or family—anything you like—at a given point in its history, you always find that there was a time before that point when there was more elbow room and contrasts weren’t quite so sharp; and that there’s going to be a time after that point when there is even less room for indecision and choices are even more momentous. Good is always getting better and bad is always getting worse: the possibilities of even apparent neutrality are always diminishing.” – C. S. Lewis, That Hideous Strength

I bet that when this Salon author was 10, or even 20, it mattered to her if the innocent was murdered. She grew more consistent with her theology over time, as we will. But in Christ, our end is in compassion and life, just as the enemies of God love death and blood sacrifices for their pleasure.

One side of this argument has a future; the other is too busy killing it to care. It’s imperative that Christians get ready to inherit the future; to accept responsibility for righteous leadership; to build a culture and a society that exalts Christ, not Moloch.


 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. – Jesus Christ, Matthew 5:11

It’s easy to run around in fear and trembling as the enemies of Christ gather to make explicit their contempt for Christians: in this case, to drive them out of the legal and medical professions, and so insure that there will never, ever be any future challenges to the current Establishment.

(Now, that’s hardcore ‘keep things exactly the same’ conservatism – something that Christ has no time for. Growth in obedience is the demand of Christ, not to keep things as evil as ever!)

I wouldn’t sign on with that attitude, though. Remember: the legal and medical guilds are government-backed cartels, created to restrict competition and push up prices for the Select Few. Both are increasing threatened from future technological developments: both are dependent on a State that is headed for bankruptcy and de-legitimization.

Now, the way to push back is not to cry out to Republicans or other political showmen. Remember: even when it’s easy to do so, Our Political Masters simply won’t move to restrict abortions. (See: Another Legitimate Rape of the Pro-Life Movement.) What you need to do is to extend the Divine principles of Justice and Law – principles that the current establishment despise, from equality under the law to the protection of property rights – to Christian courts, that judge affairs between believers that willingly submit to the ruling of the anointed magistrate.

These courts, with properly trained judges rooted in the Mosaic Law (as modified by Jesus Christ), can act to protect property rights (which by definition means the right to bar and restrict others from your property, business, and clubs), the right to life, the right definition of marriage. What is lacking is not the tools, but the desire.


Christian Dominion by Godly Service

Our Lord said, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matt. 5:16). This powerful verse has been reduced to a children’s song that justifies their being sent into public schools in order to “let their light shine,” when in reality, this verse is an explicit mandate for Christian dominion.

It’s when fallen men behold our good works that they’ll glorify God. Much the same as with Israel in Deuteronomy 4:5-8, where the heathen nations would behold the wisdom and understanding of God’s law in practice and declare, as it says in verses 6-7, “Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people. For what nation is there so great, who hath God so nigh unto them, as the Lord our God is in all things that we call upon him for?”

As Israel was to demonstrate the wisdom and love of God’s law to the nations around them, so we are to manifest our good works “as a city set on a hill” in order that men may glorify our Father in heaven. This is Christian dominion by godly service, and it is a much neglected form of evangelism. Men want more than messages—they want justice, welfare, education, good health, and more.

What’s Needed Is a “Think-Tank for Christian Self-Government”

Herein lies the great misunderstanding of Christian Reconstruction: dominionism is not the taking over the national government but rather the taking back of government in the form of self-government in terms of God’s law. In short, Christian theocracy is the creation of alternative means of government, justice, and welfare based upon God’s law and funded by the Christian tithe.

My disagreement with the writer’s view of the tithe aside, I would put this as a decent summary of the task Christians have, as the ruins of an aging, bankrupt, oppressive, murderous regime crumbles under it’s own lies and theft. But God will not act to create some kind of worldwide bureaucratic state led by Christ to replace the current order, as the Rapture escapists insist. No: we must work to build the future. We must turn our eyes from our own failed government saviours, and build up a new culture in our own communities and our own businesses, rooted in the obedience of God, ready to step in as the current New World Order goes bust.

Most Christians are not willing to do the back-breaking prep work needed. Those who take responsibility are the ones who will be given authority, when today’s pyramid of lies goes poof.

Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints? Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life? If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church. – Paul, I Corinthians 6:1-4

The Purge Begins, Starting with Lawyers & Doctors

The Mask Falls Away

Tolerance, of course, is a temporary state of affairs from one fixed dogma to another. And of course, official state dogma does not tolerate dissent. This is especially obvious in properly rationalistic/atheistic states, where the law really is nothing but “the raw exercise of power.”

For a taste of what’s coming to America, let’s look at the Canadians. In an increasing number of provinces (‘states’ in US parlance) of that nation, Christian lawyers who graduate from a school that disagrees with the legal definition of marriage is specifically barred from practice, regardless if they are working in marriage law, property law, or environmental law. Moreover, it is increasingly demanded that physicians (i.e Christian physicians) specifically go against their own consciences, in regard to medical advice.

Claims on tolerance were always just a cover to gain power: soon after, the tolerant become intolerant, rejoicing in using the power of the State – the only true source of law, so far as any relativist is concerned – to enforce their view of morality with increasing rigor… and increasing punishments for dissent.

Lesson learned

  • Rule yourself, or be ruled by your enemies.
  • There is no neutrality.
  • The Tolerance of our Masters is but a cover for a power-grab, to further strike at whatever threatens their power. For example: the claim that there is an Authority outside and above that of the State.
  • Promises and blather about how deeply the Masters respect your freedom, liberty and conscience are just so much promises and blather.

Endgame

I remain uninterested in the ‘here today, gone tomorrow’ power elite circles of today. I am deeply interested in having Christians push forward to plan out – and then put into place – an ordered society that exalts God, as this era’s State-exalting tyrants rise and fall, no different than all the other tyrants of all the rest of history.

Like the Muslims, the Tolerant Ones are object examples of what God does not what His people to imitate.

Don’t trust the State, and don’t put your faith in horses and chariots – or even money and networks. Stick with the commandments of Christ, and build something that will last, long after the delusions of today are long forgotten.

Isidore of Seville and the Birth of Europe as the Regnum Christi

While still reading various articles from Christendom Restored, I came across a good one on Isidore.

Isidore was born in AD 560 in Spain. He was raised by his older brother, Leander, bishop of Seville. The second half of the sixth century was time when Spain was effectively cut off from the main Christian centers of learning so Leander took upon himself the task to revive and develop Christian learning in Spain, and give his two younger brothers, Isidore and Fulgentius, and their sister Florentina, a superb intellectual training. Leander was also very active in defending the orthodox Christian faith; his influence was such as to make the Arian Visigothic rulers of Spain convert to the Trinitarian Christian faith. He used his own funds to send people out to procure rare ancient manuscripts and created for his brothers and for the church in Spain a library that could have easily been the third largest library in the world at the time. Leander also established dozens of scriptoria (centers for copying manuscripts). Copying manuscripts was considered a worthy vocation in Spain, and two generations after Leander Spain was still replete with libraries – private and in monasteries – with thousands of volumes.

Can you imagine the standard American Conservative Christian giving his children “superb intellectual training”? Or using his own funds to set up the third biggest library at the time?

(And can you imagine the university-trained atheist ever mentioning these facts in public? Talk about off-message! Now, if you want to get on-message and dig up what Our Compassionate Friends decided to not bother teach anymore, a good place to start is with The Formation of Christendom, by Judith Herrin.)

Now, I agree with North that it’s far more important to set up an online homeschooling program for covenant children than another library – but even now, there are great rewards to be had if homeschooled children would learn Medieval (not Classical) Latin, and bring back to life a vast amount of Christian thought currently locked away in a dead language.

All previous ages existed only to provide the background for that most important age in history. All previous human achievements in knowledge, wisdom, technologies, social development, philosophy, existed only to be used in the right way in the regnum Christi. The whole world found its fulfillment only in the Incarnation of Christ, and now it was a Kingdom of Christ, under Christ’s royal rule, destined to become one Christian civilization, under Christ, where all authorities and powers will submit to the King of kings and the Lord of lords.

This total authority of Christ in this age of regnum Christi will make all the nations become membra Christi, limbs of Christ. Nations, proposed Isidore, would be judged by a moral standard, just like individuals, and the greatest of them would be those that live – as societies – most clearly in accordance with the Christian faith. All aspects of the life of a nation must become harmonized with the teachings of Christ, from the personal life of the individuals to the government policies and international relations of the rulers. Those that fail to abide by the Law of Christ will be judged in history. Those that obey will prosper and grow.

Therefore Isidore saw the role of the Church in teaching everyone – from the lowest peasant to the highest court officials – their duties in the new age of regnum Christi. Under Leander and then Isidore, Spanish monks developed a curriculum for instructing peasants and their families in the basics of the Christian faith. (See the life of the monk Valerio of Bierzo.) The very idea of monasticism in Spain, under the vision of Isidore, was completely different from the Eastern monasticism: monks were supposed to be teachers of the local communities in the matters of faith, practical morality and even social organization, not hermits living in remote places dealing with their pseudo-spiritual hallucinations.

This – or something a lot like this – is what the Church needs. Not more Rapture escapism, no more grovelling to the Establishment that despises you, but instead the essence of victory: the discipline, application, and growth of the Word, in the hear and now, to redeem the world, in time and in history, for eternity.

“Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.” – Luke 11:2

If the destructive ignorance and foolishness of the current delusionary  Power Elite bores you (when it isn’t disgusting you), then it’s time to get cracking on building a better class of people to take their place… before today’s elite become completely irrelevant. And to gain better leadership, you need a better people. For a better people, you need a higher community-wide level of both understanding and reverence for the Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

But a warning: God is not interested in having His Name used in vain by a bunch of politicians, for the greater good of their power and their tribe. Tell me when they are willing to repent as a nation, to publicly confess their sins before God, and then the door to true greatness, majesty, victory, and peace will be open again.

Until then, God’s unrepentant people can expect to be further ground under the heels of their enemies.

Christus Victor!

Christ is victorious over all of His enemies… including those with pious words from their poisonous lips.

Do not be deceived: Christ knows His own.

The Small Cloud on the Horizon

I am quite suspicious, when it comes to news of corpses coming back into the world of the living.

Still… I am no atheistic materialist. If there is sufficient, repeatable evidence that proves that the corpse is no longer dead, but is now alive, I’ll admit that the corpse lives.

So I am interested in the news from France, where Parisian churches are full, not empty. Not enough priests, and not enough churches: but the evidence is there.

A single swallow does not make a spring, and there are still plenty of empty churches – especially in the Protestant nations with their government sock-puppets churches.

Still… the ongoing failure of Europe’s current saviour of choice, the Welfare State, will tend to discredit the intensely anti-Christian establishment that currently dominates the continent. At the end of the day, most white Europeans aren’t interested in converting to Islam. And finally, the future belongs to those who have children: and Muslim birth rates are in steep decline, on track to fall below European birthrates.

I still think it’s wise to abandon Europe, though: a bankrupt, anarchic-tyrannical chaos is far more likely in a post-Euro, post-Socialist Europe than any restoration of liberty or Christendom. Dying societies thrash painfully, and are best avoided.

In the meantime, in the US… fewer churches are being built, even as congregations multiply. Seeing that church growth dies when the building is hauled up, this is very good news indeed! Now, about the next generation of Christians, homeschooling, entrepreneurship, and the Ron Paul Curriculum

A Little Life, a Quiet Death

Miscarriages are a sorrow that women bear alone. Levi had a better end than many of his generation, dying naturally by the will of his Maker rather than being torn apart in an unlawful murder, and at his sisters were allowed to hold him and say good-bye.

But there are many spiritual mysteries whose depths and power escape the grasp of men… but women have a better understanding of. God speaks to whomsoever He wills.