(A slightly modified repost, from the sci-fi blog.)
The Imperium of Man
It should be noted that the Imperium Romanum (go here for the original Latin) — being a good deal wiser (and less controlling!) — than today’s secularist & socialist nations, never did have a big problem with whatever private or family beliefs you happen to subscribe to.
- If you think that men are always men, or that men are women if they say so, is a matter of supreme indifference to the Emperor: you can keep your livelihood regardless.
- One god, three gods, three million gods, no gods? Just as you please.
- Abortion is an evil sin – or just a medical procedure – or a holy sacrament for all? Your business, your house, your rules.
All you needed to do is burn a little incense and say “Caesar is Lord”, and you’re free to go. Even your taxes are not an absolute requirement, if you hire the right accountants, make the right friends, and pay the right bribes.
As we all know, today’s Christian Leadership couldn’t get down on their knees fast enough to burn that incense: especially as there is FAR more liberty within the Roman Imperial Government for believing Christians, then there is in Secularist governments today!
This points clearly to a second common aspect to these two positions, the limitation of the Christian task to soul-saving, to snatching brands from the burning. Scripture is stripped of its total message and reduced to a soul-saving manual. Matters of law respecting crime, the use of the land, money, weights, property, diet, civil government, and all things else are set aside to concentrate on soul-saving only. […] Are we converted, if we do not move beyond the conversion experience, and, if not, is that experience then real? Life means growth, not paralysis, and true conversion is the beginning of life and growth.Gods Plan for Victory, by R. J. Rushdoony
There is a reason why the First Imperium didn’t like Christians who wanted to build the kingdom “in time an on earth” – life means growth, and growth means change.
Which means that the Power Elite may not always stay on top.
The Romans Ruling Elite – and all the other Masters, be they Greek, or Muslims, or Buddhists, or Marxist, or Secularists, or Christian – don’t like this possibility, at all. They all want to keep things Just The Way It Is.
One of those Elites – the one who should know better – will be punished first, and hardest.
(Waves to the Professional Christians, rightfully held in contempt in today’s society.)
All the other Masters will also fall, in time.
But God deals with His most disgusting and repulsive enemies first.
The kind of religion Billy Graham and Bob Harrington represent is readily approved of by corrupt politicians and venal communications media. It does not challenge heir godless dreams of dominion, and does sugar-coat their sins with the veneer of religious respectability, with a facade of pietism. Such men can have the ear of national leaders and preach in the White House and in Congress without affecting even to the extent of an iota the national march into degeneracy and apostasy.Gods Plan for Victory, by R. J. Rushdoony
So, now you know the kind of Important Religious Leaders who will be invited to dine with the Ruling Nobility, or even given the immense privilege to eat with the Emperor Himself, and address the Imperial Moot!
The Kingdom of God
Gary North always insisted, “You can’t beat something with nothing.”
Now, the solid majority of Christian Leaders will whine and bleat about today’s oppressive secularist order… and have nothing else to say. (Except maybe “Get ready for the Rapture!”, or “Vote Republican.”)
Let’s forget about those abject failures, and see what Jesus taught. You know, the Man who pounded the table about the Kingdom of God (as opposed to some kind of Escapist Rapture or Mystical Retreat into Unreality):
So what is the kingdom of God?
The kingdom of God is a counter revolutionary prophetic social order structured by the covenant of grace—the true society that God intends for mankind. This social order is what all Christians are commanded to seek now, on earth, first, before all else. It is not something that we merely look forward to in the resurrection, but something we are to seek to make a reality on earth now. Without this being the central goal of our life the assemblies of Christians, i.e. the Church, becomes merely a Christian mystery cult—which alas is what has happened today. Therefore, the most important thing we are to seek as Christians in this life is the establishing of this social order as a real community, a real society. Nothing else in our life comes before this according to Jesus, since he tells us to seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness.
Righteousness means justice, not piety. But please note that the Church is only part of this kingdom, not the whole of it, and it is the usurpation of the kingdom by the clergy, who are predominantly dualistic cult builders, that has caused and continues to cause such problems for the building of the kingdom, and has reduced the kingdom to the Church, over which the clergy exercise control. In other words the kingdom is reduced to a Christian mystery cult, with the result that it becomes ineffective as the real agent for the transformation of the world, which is what it should be.
The Kingdom of God is a Social Order, by Stephen C. Perks
There are quite a number of tasks actual (as opposed to nominal, ‘check-the-census-box’) Christians will have to do. One of them is fairly easy: purge the pulpits. Praise God, this can be done simply, by just walking away from the powerless mystery cult centres. Go where the Kingdom is both preached and lived out… or, even better, start doing it yourself!
(I’m really into decentralized Christianity, by the way. Seeing a Power’n’Control hierarchy makes me look around for an metallic intellectual weapon to use.)
The Rise of the American Imperium
The Constitution says: “The Congress shall have power to declare war.”
That, therefore, was the one thing no President could do. By his own will he could not declare war. Only Congress could declare war, and Congress could be trusted never to do it but by will of the people. And that was the innermost safeguard of the republic. The decision whether or not to go to war was in the hands of the people — or so they believed. No man could make it for them.
It is true that President Roosevelt got the country into World War II. That is not the same thing. For a declaration of war he went to Congress — after the Japanese had attacked Pearl Harbor. He wanted it, he had planned it, and yet the Constitution forbade him to declare war and he durst not do it.
Nine years later a much weaker President did.
After President Truman, alone and without either the consent or knowledge of Congress, had declared war on the Korean aggressor, seven thousand miles away, Congress condoned his usurpation of its exclusive constitutional power. More than that, his political supporters in Congress argued that in the modern case that sentence in the Constitution conferring upon Congress the sole power to declare war was obsolete.
Mark you, the words had not been erased; they still existed in form. Only, they had become obsolete. And why obsolete? Because war may now begin suddenly, with bombs falling out of the sky, and we might perish while waiting for Congress to declare war.
The reasoning is puerile. The Korean War, which made the precedent, did not begin that way; secondly, Congress was in session at the time, so that the delay could not have been more than a few hours, provided Congress had been willing to declare war; and, thirdly, the President as Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces of the Republic may in a legal manner act defensively before a declaration of war has been made. It is bound to be made if the nation has been attacked.
Mr. Truman’s supporters argued that in the Korean instance his act was defensive and therefore within his powers as Commander-in-Chief. In that case, to make it constitutional, he was legally obliged to ask Congress for a declaration of war afterward. This he never did. For a week Congress relied upon the papers for news of the country’s entry into war; then the President called a few of its leaders to the White House and told them what he had done. A year later Congress was still debating whether or not the country was at war, in a legal, constitutional sense.
A few months later Mr. Truman sent American troops to Europe to join an international army, and did it not only without a law, without even consulting Congress, but challenged the power of Congress to stop him. Congress made all of the necessary sounds of anger and then poulticed its dignity with a resolution saying it was all right for that one time, since anyhow it had been done, but that hereafter it would expect to be consulted.The American Empire, by Garet Garrett
Of course, the very word Imperium means “the right to command the armies”.
Note that Congress willingly gave up its authority over military power, and (over the last twenty years) even gave up its power over the budget.
It is well-known that the framers wanted the greatest amount of political power to be lodged in the House of Representatives. The House was believed to represent Americans more faithfully than the Senate or the Supreme Court. They fully understood that the President would represent the people as a whole, and this is why they wanted to place restraints on the Presidency. They did not want the concentrated power of the Presidency to overcome the decentralized power of the House of Representatives.
To make certain, they believed, that the House would retain greater power than the President, they put into the Constitution the requirement that all spending bills must originate in the House. They understood a basic economic principle: he who controls the purse strings is the senior agent in any system.
In recent decades, the power of the purse has been operationally transferred to the President. The President submits a budget to the House of Representatives, and members of the House have been unable to come to any agreement on the budget for two decades. Instead, they pass what is known as continuing resolutions of the budget. Such a resolution is being debated in the House of Representatives today, now that the issue of impeachment has been settled. Trump signed one on November 21, but it expires today. Functionally, the House of Representatives either accepts or rejects the President’s budget. It can merely tinker with it, and it has to get the Senate to agree to the tinkering. Then, and only then, is the President placed under the restraints of the budget.
Because the House of Representatives has functionally abandoned its sovereignty over the creation of the budget, the bureaucrats inside the executive have been able to establish their position as sovereign agents over this fundamental aspect of American politics. The framers hoped that the provision regarding the budget would lodge power in the House, but events over the last three decades have been accepted as legitimate despite the fact that these events have reversed the original constitutional settlement.Trump Unleashed, by Gary North
In the Third Imperium, the Emperor calls the shots, and the Imperial Moot does the talking. The Imperial Moot has one power: dissolve the Imperium.
Everything else – the money and the guns – is in the Emperor’s hands.
Whoever designed the [fictional Traveller sci-fi] Imperial Government — Mark Miller? Loren Wiseman? — had a deep understand of how the Ruling Class functions. Now, and in the Far Future.
“The masses won’t like Imperial Rule.”
“The masses just want Free Stuff, and some spicy entertainment.”
“The Men of God won’t like it.”
“The Men of God just want power over their tiny safe isolated fortresses, and access to steady tithe-income (mandatory) and the pretty young men and women (depends on individual preference).”
“The Intellectuals won’t like it.”
“The Intellectuals will be the first to sell out to power. It won’t even cost the Ruling Classes much: some nice dinners with the Powerful People, a bit of fame, a monetary prize of some sort. Most will sell themselves for just a steady government job and some public social status over the Loathsome Deplorables.”
“And the Media?”
“Even easier. Just think ‘fourth-rate intellectuals’, and you know what to do. Remember to cut some mutually profitable with the major media corporate heads, and you’re all set.”
Such is the fake future of the Imperium of Man.
Now, let’s set about building the real future, the Kingdom of God!