Barbarism

From The Death Penalty: Which System Is Barbaric?

Reducing False Witness. Under this system, would false witness be common? I doubt it. At every step of the process of false witnessing, the criminal would be reminded of the penalty. He would cast the first stone. If later convicted, he would be the recipient of the first stone.

Humanists abandoned this system in the West. First came the public executioner, usually masked — a paid, anonymous functionary of the state. Then came public hangings, where the community attended, but refused to be participants in the act. The modern humanist wants to hide the execution. It must be invisible.

At each stage, the progressives claimed that the existing mode of execution was barbaric.

At each stage, the witnesses against the accused have been farther removed from the visible consequences of their testimony. This is barbaric.

Conclusion. The person who thinks of the citizens of a community stoning of a person convicted of a capital crime as barbaric has accepted the first principle of modern political theory: the superior sovereignty of the state over its citizens. To begin re-thinking this premise, I suggest that people re-think their views on stoning.

I regard the idea of a disarmed citizenry as barbaric.

Our Masters do not care about Justice or Victim’s Rights or Righteousness: they care about not being seen as barbaric.

On the other hand, killing as many as you wish in secret – before or after birth – is seen as civilized.

Demanding that men limit and control their sexual appetites – and refusing to legitimize their fraud and delusions – is seen as barbaric. Enforcing the marriage contract is also barbaric. Banning abortion is seen as barbaric. But public subsidizes for destructive behaviour that despises God, despises marriage, and harms the innocent (and society in general) is seen as civilized.

Civilizations that are evil are destroyed by the consequences of their own nature (and by the direct action of God). Barbarians that fear God and do what is right inherit the future – and eventually build cities of their own.

Established Banks, Established Churches

Sovereignty: Established Banks

Once again, if Christians wish to be free from the rule of Their Betters, one of the first things they will have to do is get their legal sovereignty from the Supreme Court.

This is not so difficult: Congress definitely has authority over the Supreme Court, and can restrict it, limit its jurisdiction, or overrule it as desired.But  that isn’t going to happen, as a massive percentage of Congressmen are lawyers, and the fraternity protects the fraternity. The key legal change will not happen, even if Republicans won 100% of the seats of Congress. They would continue to centralize power and endorse economic fascism, just with baptized babble to justify it.

To see why, you have to go back to why and how the power of the Supreme Court got its authority over the laws of the states. In Delegated Sovereignty and Economic Fascism: McCulloch v. Maryland (1819), Gary North points out that this was established in order to protect the banks from the power of the Lesser Breeds, so they only need to fear, bribe and respect one master: the central government.

The central issue of the case had to do with judicial sovereignty.

The textbooks say this was the issue of final judicial sovereignty. Chief Justice John Marshall decided that the U.S. government possesses this final sovereignty. But this was not the central issue of the case. The state of Maryland did not argue that it was. Webster did, and John Marshall framed it this way.

Far more important was the issue of delegated sovereignty: the right of Congress to delegate its sovereignty to a private, profit-seeking corporation of investors.

This is the supreme judicial issue associated with central banking. Marshall sided with the Bank.

The Bank was chartered by Congress. Maryland asked: Did this include the right of the Bank, on its own authority, to set up branch banks outside of Pennsylvania? By what authority? By what sovereignty? Were these branches immune from regulation and taxation in states other than Pennsylvania? In his opening statement, Hopkinson went directly to this issue.

So how will this oppression be removed? Slowly, then quickly.

Remember: this economic fascism was founded to protect the banks at the start: only after they were safe from the interference of the little people, did the Supreme Court start to expand its jurisdiction: slowly, then quickly.


The below is an excerpt from The Supreme Court Case That Handed America Over to the Bankers

Finally, in 2007, a major revisionist book was published. It challenged almost two centuries of deception. The author, who was a well-respected historian, choose a relevant title for his book: Aggressive Nationalism: McCulloch v. Maryland and the Foundation of Federal Authority in the Young Republic. It was published by Oxford University Press, a major academic publisher. This is from the book’s official Amazon summary.

Placing the decision and the public reaction to it in their proper historical context, Richard E. Ellis finds that Maryland, though unopposed to the Bank, helped to bring the case before the Court and a sympathetic Chief Justice, who worked behind the scenes to save the embattled institution. Almost all treatments of the case consider it solely from Marshall’s perspective, yet a careful examination reveals other, even more important issues that the Chief Justice chose to ignore. Ellis demonstrates that the points which mattered most to the States were not treated by the Court’s decision: the private, profit-making nature of the Second Bank, its right to establish branches wherever it wanted with immunity from state taxation, and the right of the States to tax the Bank simply for revenue purposes. Addressing these issues would have undercut Marshall’s nationalist view of the Constitution, and his unwillingness to adequately deal with them produced immediate, widespread, and varied dissatisfaction among the States.


After the banks were protected, the centralizing drive of Our Betters continues, on to this day. The vast majority of Christians either don’t care, or are unwilling to put in the blood, sweat, and tears (for several decades) to change the situation, from losing jobs, to dedicating their lives to rectifying this justice, to even raising their children themselves, rather than have their enemies raise them.

If you want to see what a man truly believes, take a look at his cheque-book.

In the end, judgement will come from the hand of God, as it did on the Soviet Union, and as it is happening right now in the European Union. Of course, a large percentage of the population lived to see both events, and still will not learn. When the Money stops coming, and the State demonstrably fails in its mission as Saviour of the People, then people will be willing to listen: and, more likely than not, all they will get to hear is wind.

The wise Christian repents today.

(If he’s really smart, he will either make himself invaluable to his employer today, or start his own business while times are still good, more-or-less.)

I acknowledge my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.

For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him.
– Psalm 32:5-6, KJV

Sovereignty: Established Churches

There is a possibility that any American church that preaches against homosexuality will have her tax exception removed.

On the other hand, those who hold of the doctrines of powerful and wealthy men, as opposed to that of God, will receive the tax breaks and public support of the State – the only true source and definer of our laws and our public morality.

Actually, I wouldn’t be surprised that, soon after, every last Democratic politician – and, after a suitable pause, every Republican politician as well – will soon surround themselves with obedience pastors, and even the scientists will suddenly decide to welcome Intelligent Design – even (the right sort of) Creationism wholeheartedly.

In a different path to the same end, Putin is quite willing to use the Russian Orthodox Church to bolster the authority of the State, and PEGIDA in Germany is willing to wave crosses around as a tool to better serve their true Lord and Master, the Volk.

The wise Christians will keep on keeping on – keeping far from those who use the Lord’s name in vain, continuing to worship as they do in China or Pakistan or Cuba or in the days of the Soviet Union, and confident that the current Anti-God Empire will fall not too far into the future, just like all the other oppressors did, from Pharaoh to Rome to the Inter/National Socialists.

And when – not if – Christians regain their freedom, remember why the tax exemption existed in the first place: not as a subsidy of the State to favoured groups (as if the State owned everything, but graciously permits us to keep a portion of out property), but because the Church is an ambassador of a different Sovereign, a Master that all – State, Church, Family, Individual – must kneel to.

Only God’s Sovereignty is absolute and comprehensive. Everyone else is a representative of God, a minister, a steward, and our authority is delegated. Mortal men and their organizations have innate limits to their authority, and will suffer when they violate the limits God has placed on their power and desires.

Pushback

From the Breitbart article Incredibly, GamerGate Is Winning – But You Won’t Read that Anywhere In the Terrified Liberal Media:

Trendy metropolitan bloggers got used to being able to openly mock people who weren’t like them, because most conservatives didn’t fight back using the same tools as the authoritarian left: Twitter outrage, letter-writing campaigns and organised consumer pushback.

But gamers are, to their immense credit. And it doesn’t take much time reporting on this little corner of the universe to realise what kind, welcoming, funny and sympathetic characters hardcore gamers are–which might surprise you, if you believe the stereotypes. (I once did myself.)

Often, gamers are slightly marginalised figures. But what they sometimes lack in social graces and conversational subtlety they more than make up for in determination, efficiency, organisation, fairness and sheer, impressive bloody-mindedness.

They are, as American Enterprise Institute scholar Christina Hoff Sommers puts it, consumers who like to win.

I happen to admire people who like to win. It’s something Christians should learn to emulate.

(Thank you, Alan Davis!)

Bring Your Guns to Church Day

From American Vision:

Imagine the following scenario: At church this Sunday, while reviewing the list of announcements and upcoming events for your church, your pastor adds, “Oh, and don’t forget: on Sundays we have our regular target practice. Make sure to bring your guns. Make sure to bring your pieces to church.”

Absurd, right? Not so. It used to be the American way. For example, a 1631 law in Virginia required citizens to own firearms, to engage in practice with them, and to do so publicly on holy days. It demanded that the people “bring their pieces to the church.” Somewhere along the line we have lost this mindset. Today the ideas of church and arms are assumed to be at odds, as if loving your neighbor has nothing to do with the preservation and defense of life and property.

This would be an exceedingly wise policy for all churches to follow, black and white alike.

Looking at the same issue from another perspective, Gary North argues for the warrior mentality here. We are responsible for our own safety, and this responsibility cannot be sanely delegated to the State, which is only interested in protecting its own power.

The desire for an unarmed populace is the desire for an unaccountable State. Such a lawless thing is central to secular culture, but has no place in Christian societies.

Good-bye, Dixie

I quote with mildly-surprised approval American Vision, on the issue of the Confederate battle flag:

As a radically conservative defender of liberty and states’ rights, I say that there is no good biblical, historical, or strategic reason to defend a state’s flying of the Confederate battle flag today. It is rather a sign of utter hypocrisy, sentimentalism, and misguided zeal. Every Christian of every stripe ought to be calling for the removal of that profound distraction in SC—and every other state-sponsored location—in the name of Christian integrity and the advance of true Christian values and culture.

I shouldn’t be surprised: American Vision is strongly influenced by Gary North (as am I), and Dr. North never saw the Confederacy as anything else than Yet Another Centralizing State, dedicated to defending the multi-generational slavery of other men.

The war began over one issue above all others: slavery. That was not why the North invaded; that was why the South seceded. Statements that specifically stated this, in state after state, confirmed what South Carolina initially said: the reason for secession was slavery.

All that “State’s Rights” business was an add-on after the war was over. If you look at the reasons the states themselves seceded, it was the protection of slavery that was proclamed, over and over again.

No need to defend a long-dead government, grounded on slavery.

Baptized nationalism is still nationalism. Baptized statism is still statism. Baptized humanism is still humanism.


Of course, the Confederate States of America isn’t the only government rooted in slavery.

In the South of 1850, a planter could buy slaves on credit. He pledged the future productivity of his slaves as collateral for the loan. He made sure that he extracted sufficient wealth from the slaves to pay off his loans. He lived well. They didn’t.

Why did he borrow? In order to buy more slaves. He used leverage. He built his plantation with borrowed money and the heirs of kidnapped victims. It was good business.

The typical voter thinks of himself as a free man. After all, he has the right to vote. He does not think of himself as a slave. While trade union organizers — a truly hopeless career these days — still use the phrase “wage slave,” it never made any sense, either legally or economically. A worker can legally walk away from his employer. A slave cannot.

Washington has borrowed more heavily than any planter ever dared to or could do. Why so much debt? To get more leverage today. What is being leveraged? Promises. Voters trade votes for government promises. This system requires an ever-increasing supply of slaves in order to pay the interest on the debt. Problem: the rate of population growth is slowing. There will not be enough slaves to pay off the debt.

Voters have not thought through the implications of government debt. They do not perceive themselves as collateral for loans. But they are. This is the meaning of the phrase, “the full faith and credit of the United States government.”

“FULL FAITH AND CREDIT”

Whenever you hear the phrase, “the full faith and credit of the United States government,” an image should pop into your head: a slave overseer in Alabama 1850, whip in hand, sitting on a horse at the edge of a cotton field. The field is filled with slaves, bent down, fingers scarred, dutifully picking cotton. You are not the overseer. You would be lucky to be his horse.

The man can see what’s in front of his nose.

This much I know: you can’t beat something with nothing. This is another way of saying that you can’t beat New York City with Atlanta.

Every Defeat Exalted, Every Victory Ignored

If Christians expect a fair shake from the media, think again.

Now, does this annoy? Sure: suppression of the truth always does.

On the other hand, this fact of life – as we transition from centralized news to dispersed news sources – reminds us not to live in the “pre-filtered for your convenience” media bubble.

GetReligion approvingly quotes Mother Jones on the issue:

From Boston to Ferguson, Baltimore, and Charleston, one thing has become crystal clear: To get real reporting—and to get it fast—you’ve got to switch off cable and go local. It’s here you’ll find the scoops, the sense of place, the authentic compassion; it’s here you can avoid the predictable blather from a candidate, or pundit, or hack filling airtime. It’s here you’ll find out what’s really happening to a particular group of Americans who have just been shoved into a tragic spotlight. Turn off the TV and Google the local paper on your phone. Find their Twitter feed. Follow their journalists.

That’s the lesson for today: go local. That’s the way to avoid being blindsided by reality.

Go forth, and do likewise.

Sad Puppies, Rabid Puppies, and A Throne of Bones

(With light editing, this is a cross-post from a post I made at Stellar Reaches.)

I just finished reading the latest issue of the saga of the political/ideological divides in science fiction – The High Church of Science Fiction and Tor, by Allan Davis on LewRockwell.com – and it seems to be an unfortunate conflict, but one that was brewing for a long time.

I admit, I am intrigued by the fact that it seems to be a kind of conservative uprising against liberal literary dominance – the first time this happened for a long time, and so a breath of fresh air. On the other hand, the establishment is the establishment for a reason: and liberal sci-fi writers have real audiences that number in the millions.

In the end, I’m going to leave it to the marketplace to sort out. I personally think that the boycott on Tor means little: such things have a tendency to fail.

>> Addendum: as a kind commentator on Stellar Reaches noted, Sad Puppies isn’t calling for any boycotts

Putting out a better product – and getting it to market – is more important.

My advice to Christians? Master your craft. The Bible is – among many other excellent things – a premiere guide on storytelling. Read the stories, medicate on it, even pray about it. Follow the steps of the Master Storyteller. Find someone else who loves storytelling, and talk about it with him. Read up on it, practice it.

If you want to get it to market, I recommend springing for Gary North’s website: it has powerful advertizing tools and advice – with a focus on the Internet – that can definitely get the job done. (See here for what’s available (paywall) or here (free intro, but paywall articles).

You may want to imitate Vox Day, who between his blog and his books has a tidy little media empire going. Even the very title of his books – see A Throne of Bones – demonstrates a flair for good marketing.

Go for it!