Political Theft, Constitutional Edition

While reading another American Vision article, I came across this:

The problem is, as I have written elsewhere, this power enshrined in the Constitution was only ever intended to be a revenue generator for the Federal government. It was about money, control, and corporate welfare, period, and John Marshall openly said so. In Gibbons v. Ogden (1821) he wrote:

Few things were better known, than the immediate causes which led to the adoption of the present constitution; and he [the plaintiff, on the nationalist side of the case] thought nothing clearer, than that the prevailing motive was to regulate commerce. . . . The great objects were commerce and revenue; and they were objects indissolubly connected.

Likewise, Madison admitted in a letter that one of the chief ends of the Constitution was “to take from that State [New York] the important power over its commerce.” In other words, the purpose was to create a federal level of government which could take control over state’s revenues and commerce—thereby taxing and controlling people and businesses at will.

The political drive to steal from people you don’t like, to give to yourself and your friends, is the fundamental reason why today’s state exists. Gary North recently wrote on how much freedom we have lost since 1913 – and noted that, in order to get back what we lost, we will also have to give up some of our stolen goods. Too bad nobody is interested in this.

And the key reason nobody is interested in this? Why freedom has become simply unimportant, worthy only of lip service? It is because Christians have chosen other political gods to kneel to, instead of King Jesus.

As Marc J Victor put it, in a recent post to legalize meth production and usage:

The relevant question is whether our society would be better served if meth was manufactured, distributed, bought and sold legally.  The answer is yes.  There are two related but separate reasons why ending the drug war is critical.  First, a free society requires that the drug war end.  I refer to this argument as the freedom argument.  Second, the consequences of ending the drug war would yield economic and other benefits which would greatly benefit our society.  I refer to this argument as the consequentialist argument.

Most readers will not be persuaded by the freedom argument.  This fact is disturbing to me.  In fact, many of the issues which plague our world will persist unless and until people come to respect the principles embodied in terms such as individual responsibility, self ownership and freedom.  These concepts are what our country was founded upon and the very reason why America prospered.  Now, they are given mere lip service if they are considered at all.  If you shrug your shoulders and brush off the freedom argument, you should be ashamed of yourself.  Whether you realize it or not, you are the problem.

Also, read this lawyer’s article recommending the end of the “DUI” offense. Yes, drunk driving should be legal, as it isn’t a crime to be drunk… but only to harm people and property. If someone can drive safely fully loaded, then let him drive.

Yes, drunkenness is a sin, but it simply isn’t a crime to be punished by the magistrate, so far as the Bible is concerned. But Our Moral Betters – HA! – hate the freedom and liberty of Christ, so…

Atheism & Brain Function

I’m sure that many of you have already read the American Vision article on the distinct lack of brain function that atheists have – and the spin the secularists have made from it. It is definitely amusing to read about… and I suspect that this ‘brain blindness’, this lack of logic and contempt for reason , is part of the secondary causes of atheism.

(There are other secondary ‘core causes’, from fatherlessness to the will to power. The core cause, as always, is pride and rebellion seasoned with a certain cold lovelessness, which supposedly leads to the Godhood of man (the serpents’ promise), but actually leads to death and disgrace… and the laughter of the snake.)

However, I am confident that there are many slow, dimwitted, low IQ, even (initially) stupid people who fear God. But here’s the thing: if you really fear God, then you are going to obey Him. And if you obey the commandments, you aren’t going to stay stupid forever.

The laws and commandments of God – from saving money to loving your family, from hard work to respecting authority, from holding your tongue to avoiding perversity, wickedness, and foolishness – have a way of enlightening the mind, opening the eyes. If you truly love God, you will love to obey Him – which means that you will start to read, digest, chew on, and absorb the commandments.

People who start thinking God’s way are going to be increasingly wise (which includes logic, yes, but is so much more than that!). Trust me, I’d far rather have a low-IQ, hardcore Godfearer as a President than a high-IQ humanist. One man will respect my property and my life, and the other will do and say whatever to expand his power and control (a.k.a. “the Authority of the People”, “a Fair and Equal Society”, “the Majesty of the State”, etc.)… and have nothing but contempt on any limitations and restrictions on his power.

Especially limitations and restrictions that can’t be removed by the right bribe (not always monetary…), a smooth lie pumped up by the media, or a bullet to the brain.

Atheism’s problems with thought and brain activity – especially thought (and speech and logic) that stem from sources outside and above the State and the People – is manifested in more than one way.

 

The One and the Many

I was reminded of Rushdoony’s excellent work, The One and the Many, which for some reason I have failed to mention here. One of Rushdoony’s premiere works, it outlines the philosophical problem of the one and the many, the need for unity at one hand, and the need for a plurality at the other.

Outside of the Christian Trinity, there is no actual resolution to the problem: only a drive to oppressive unity – like today’s all-controlling Compassionate State,

(successor to the Total States of the 20th century, the absolute monarchies, and all the other bureaucratic tyrannies going back to at least the Pharaohs)

the Islamic Caliphates, the Chinese empires, etc. Or, on the other hand, to the lawless chaos of the atomized individual, without faith in the Heavenly King, without family, without state, without a lawful public magistrate, enforcing the laws of God.

You can read it for free online here, but I just went ahead and bought the ebook.

Gizmag: Online Technical Education

Visiting the Gizmag Store, you can find – in addition to various privacy tools (i.e. VPN packages), gear, and gadgets – all sorts of online educational bundles. Often, you get packages worth a thousand dollars, available for ten or fifty bucks.

If someone really wants to make money, and prefers to work independently… the door’s right there.

Now, wouldn’t it be nice to have homeschooled children simply walk into some nice qualifications – and leverage those abilities into a profitable business, following Gary North’s solid business & advertizing advice (and discussion forums, to get specific answers to entrepreneurial question)?

Yes. Yes, it would definitely will be.

Admittedly, the Jewish children got there first. But I want us to do better than they did. The goal is not just survival and prosperity (perfectly honourable goals, by the way), but the redemption of the world, to turn every nation, every tribe, into a disciple of Christ.

You don’t get that by hiding in a ghetto.

You get it by work, prayer, obedience, and righteousness – first in your private life, and then proclaimed and demonstrated in the public sphere.

The Rebirth of Old Evils

In Nine Corrupt Pillars of Classical Greece, Gary North comments on the disgusting spectacle of Christians chasing after the abject failures of an intensely anti-Christian culture, that of classical antiquity – all in the name of the supposed prestige of Latin and Greek.

But here, I will only draw the reader’s attention to a brief paragraph:

Humanists teach that Western civilization grew mainly out of Greece and Rome. Western Civilization textbooks have always spent most of their early pages on Greece and Rome, not on Israel and the early church. There is a reason for this. Ever since the God-hating Renaissance (“rebirth”), humanists have sought to substitute classical culture for Christian culture.

Greece and Rome are dead cultures: cultures that adored the State, thirsted for grinding tyranny, and despised Christ. With the Renaissance, we once again had the rise of the State as our only true Lord and Saviour, and the exaltation of Power as the only true guiding light of the State.

All that is falling by the wayside now: and not because Christians revolted against this philosophy. By and large, Christians only begged for the favour of their masters, choosing to behave like cowed, subservient boot-lickers rather than stand like Men of God (and thus, of course, face the Establishment’s Wrath, just as Christ did.)

No: the fall of Our Masters is due mainly because the European nations destroyed themselves in the two German Wars of the 20th century, coupled with the advance of technology and it’s distribution of knowledge and know-how beyond the Certified Authorities.

I remain confident that a good percentage of Our Intellectual Masters still thirst for the resurrection of the long-dead classical era… but that time is past. They cannot control their spending, they cannot stop killing their children, they cannot stop the spread of information, they cannot halt technological development. Most crucially, they cannot create a Noble Lie that can not only legitimize their power, but can compel men to lay down their lives in the name of the New Order.

All they have are welfare state bribes to keep the masses obedient: easy sex, cheap bread and mass entertainment… the usual placebos for slaves.

(With free health care typically thrown in, as is common for masters to give to slaves.)

When the bribes to the masses run out, so does their power. This is a good thing. However, there will be many people who really, truly did trust in the great swelling promises of The Authorities – and will suffer for it.

Don’t be one of them.

 

Love, Law, and Modern Thought

From “The Commandments of God and the Faith of Jesus”

In considering the notion that Old Testament law was only intended for the Ancient Jews, we need to examine biblically how the commandments revealed to Moses, affected other nations and peoples as well. Some have said that God’s Law and commands applied only to Israel; and, have further stated, “nowhere in the Bible are Gentiles (or nonbelievers) ever condemned for not keeping the law of Moses.” In other words, the Mosaic Law and God’s government was meant for Israel alone. Further extended, the implication is that modern governments have no accountability to God’s divine laws today.

It should first be noted that even prior to the Law being revealed to Moses, the conduct of the “ungodly,” was condemned by God according to the standards of the law that He later revealed through Moses. The most glaring example of this is the destruction of Sodom, Gomorrah, and their surrounding cities. This dramatic and momentous event was a judgment upon Gentiles who engaged in unrighteous wicked conduct, which was a daily torment (2 Ptr. 2: 7) to Abraham’s nephew, Lot. In the New Testament [the Apostle] Peter described the wicked behavior of the Sodomites as “lawless works” and described the men’s behavior as, “the lawlessness of the city.”  God charged that their sexual immorality was an abomination and the entire region was ultimately condemned and judged for behaving contrary to God’s divine law.

St. Jude adds that God’s judgment of Sodom and Gomorrah also serves as an example to all. As the Apostle Paul reiterated, even the Gentiles “know the ordinance of God that those who practice such things are worthy of death” (Romans 1:32).

Our society has quite explicitly chosen death. Christians are not to die with this society, but instead decide to obey God rather than Men, and choose life over death. After ‘the end of the world’ – the World of the Current Establishment, that is – we are to rebuild and reconstruct the culture and society that pleases God, and thus a society that will endure.

Instead of a society that devours poison and filth, declare it good and tasty, and then die in poverty and disgrace.


From The Lost Reformation

Allow me to list some of the most influential Puritan writers of their time along with their impactful writings (see how many you have even heard of):

  • Thomas Becon, “The news from heaven” (1541), “A pleasant new nosegay” (1542), “The fortresse of the faithful” (1550), and hundreds of sermons.
  • William Conway, An exortation to charitie (1550)
  • Thomas Lupset, A treatise on charitie (1533)
  • Thomas Starkley, (1533–36)
  • Henry Brinkelow, The lamentation of a Christian against the citie of London (1542), The complaint of Roderyck Mors (1550)
  • Thomas Lever, A fruitful sermon… in Poules churche (1550), and other sermons
  • Thomas Drant, A fruitfull and necessary sermon (1572), and many other sermons
  • Thomas White, preacher and founder of Sion College (1570s–90s)
  • Richard Turnbull, An exposition upon… St. James (1591)
  • Samuel Bird, Lectures (1598)
  • William Harrison, Deaths advantage (1602)
  • Henry Smith, Sermons (1599)
  • Richard Curteys, The care of the conscience (1600)
  • Robert Allen, The oderifferous garden of charitie (1603)
  • William Fulbecke, A book of Christian ethics (1587)
  • Thomas Twyne, The garland of godly flowers (1574)
  • George Whetstone, A mirour for magestrates of cities (1584)
  • Andreas Gerardus, The regiment of the pouertie (1572)
  • Henry Tripp, preacher of Gerardus’ ideas

Never heard of a single one of these men or their works? I had not either, at least not until I read the magnificent work by W. K. Jordan, Philanthropy in England, 1480–1660.[1] Jordan shows how the Protestant Reformation, through preaching and social application of the Gospel, led to an unprecedented outpouring of private charitable giving in society. From fortunes amassed through international trade and businesses fueled by technological advance, Puritans turned to improve society through founding schools, training workers, relieving and training the poor, and through improvements in public works.

The wealthy businessmen in many cases did not merely create these ideas on their own: preachers beginning as early as the reign of Edward VI preached on social improvement from the pulpit.

[…]

Several years ago, many in the evangelical and Reformed community made a push to dig up the works of the Puritans.

[…]

As I grew further in the faith and had more questions, however, I ran across a very sad phenomenon: our treasure hunters have only given us a fraction of the works of the Puritans, and worse, the fraction they have given only deals with a fraction of that for which these great Reformers believed and worked. As a result, our understanding of the Puritans (and thus of the breadth of the Reformation as a whole) has suffered from a certain myopia. We have come to see those great Reformers as churchmen concerned mainly with doctrine, personal conscience, and piety. In short, we have been presented with a pietistic Puritanism. A pietistic market has cherry-picked the Puritans, and stripped them of half their contribution, and perhaps the most important half at that.

I don’t know of any seminary, Christian college, or publishing house (aside from American Vision, anyway) that very much acknowledges, let alone emphasizes, the great social work of our Reformation heritage. There are of course the liberals such as Jim Wallis and Ron Sider who would acknowledge it, but only leverage it to lean toward their leftist solutions. Since, to most Christians, social action in general smacks of “Social Gospel”—generally perceived as denuded Gospel and liberal utopianism—conservatives face enormous opposition to returning to this aspect of our own heritage. To bring it up is to risk being tarred-and-feathered with “Social Gospel” or “worldliness” of some sort. So, evangelicals and most modern Reformed believers retreat inwardly to “personal Jesus” pietism and “don’t-rock-the-boat” church life. Our seminaries and colleges train pastors and believers to preach and teach to this market. With the exception of Leland Ryken’s book Worldly Saints: The Puritans as They Really Were,[5] I don’t know of many conservative Christian books that remind us of this forgotten part of the Reformation.

I’m not sure if any of the above listed works, or others, appear on the web—I have not had time to check. If you have time, search for a couple. If you find something, email me a link. We can begin unearthing the rest of the Puritan treasure together. Finding something and circulating it may inspire a church or two to begin local social efforts of their own.

A pietistic gospel is a repulsive gospel. Much like the insipid (when not frankly Satanic) Two Kingdom theology, it implies that God is to be solely tied to ethereal issues, high in the sky – and is completely silent in the work of Man, in history and on earth.

The God of the Bible is a God of Law, and a God of Commandments: laws and commandments that do not change. God demands justice, on earth and in time: and Christians are to promote cultures and discipline nations that stand with God on this matter – and thus, flourish in freedom, wealth, population, and a superior level of culture, all rooted in a godly and high righteousness.

Anything else is merely erecting idols, created in the image of Man, doomed to destruction.

“All things grow out of the barrel of a gun.”

Power, Rooted the Will of Man, Leading to Death
(a.k.a. Utter Powerlessness, Under the Contempt of God, Forever)

From How Does It Add to a Poor Man’s Dignity to Put Him on the Dole?

Jim Wallis needs to come to grips with the reality of coercive State power and the modern liberal’s claim that State power can transform the hearts and minds of men. He should either repudiate the State as an agency of social regeneration or else openly endorse the words of Mao Tse Tung in 1938. This is from Volume II of Mao’s Selected Works.

Every Communist must grasp the truth, “Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.” Our principle is that the Party commands the gun, and the gun must never be allowed to command the Party. Yet, having guns, we can create Party organizations, as witness the powerful Party organizations which the Eighth Route Army has created in northern China. We can also create cadres, create schools, create culture, create mass movements. Everything in Yenan has been created by having guns. All things grow out of the barrel of a gun.


Liberals really, truly believe this: it is the source and foundation of their faith in the State. “With enough wealth, power, and control, we can reshape reality to match our desires.”

And they really can… for a while. After all, a viciously oppressive and economically suicidal regime of Soviet Communism really did last 70 years, and the “kill all the racially impure!” attitude of the Nazis survived a full decade of psychotic lunacy.

Then, reality shows up, and the bills come due.

Conservatives are just liberals, about a decade late. As a philosophy, it is merely so much hot air, an exercise of situational ethics in the name of power… power cloaked in Tradition, power backed by the Right Families, power secured by Government Certified Badges and Officially Licensed Guns. (As opposed to Revolutionary Violence and the Will of the People, led by the Vanguard of the Party.)

As expanded by North:

Here is the conservatives’ dilemma: Burkean conservatism is at bottom a self-conscious philosophy of situational ethics — circumstances, as he put it. Conservative philosophers in Burke’s tradition reject the idea of legitimacy for any system of overarching logic as a way either to shape society or to explain it. They are exhausted swimmers in the middle of Heraclitus’ Mississippi-size river of ceaseless historical change.

In short, conservative political philosophy is schizophrenic: caught between Weaver’s Platonism and Burke’s situational ethics. Neoconservatives have come to the rescue by offering Strauss as the way out of this dilemma: a philosophy based on the necessity of political lying and concealment for the greater good.

I have no faith in the conservative movement as anything more than a holding action against the fiscally doomed statism of our era. This is because I understand the truth of this aphorism: “You can’t beat something with nothing.”

North continues to expand Conservatism’s explicit exclusion of Christian thought and Christian ethics… except as suckers to be used for their votes, hustled by The Latest Crisis or Final Call to Action.

Service, Rooted in Obedience to God, Leading to Life
(a.k.a. Lawful Authority Granted by God,
to Redeem, Recreate, and Cultivate the World, Forever)

Christians who believe in the Law-Word of God, in Jesus who is the King of Heaven and Earth today, and has proclaimed His laws since the time of Moses which all nations must uphold – these Christians have something real, and a systematic grip on reality is far better than the nothingness of conservatism, or the delusions of liberalism.

Christianity is rooted in ethics and law, not power and control. Christianity is rooted in the person of Jesus Christ, who was elevated to be Lord of Creation because of His Obedience to God and His Commandments… and not because of the ability to call fire from the sky, or lead armies in war, or access with wealth of a thousand hills, or having an extensive network of powerful friends, or the ability to redefine law to suit his personal pleasures.

Christ rules, because He served God: He served God by sinless obedience, and the willingness to die to save sinful men and a poisoned creation. Power comes from God, and God is not only the source of all lasting power: He methodically strips power from those who despise Him, to grant it to those who love Him and keeps His commandments.

(P.S. I personally believe that we will even extend God’s Enlivening Will to the Stars. But I would be perfectly satisfied, simply in extending and deepening God’s authority just on the Earth that He has given us today. The key is obedience to God, within the lawful domain He has entrusted to us.)