Posts Tagged ‘Golden Rule’

Christ was not Communist, or a Crony Capitalist Either, BUT…

December 8, 2013

This is a shout-out to

…which the author says is an answer to:

The truth is, they both seem to be wrong. The “Orthodoxy Today” seems reluctant to take the Biblical truths that they do glimpse to its proper conclusions. The “answer to it” also misses the logical conclusions from scripture.

I’ll say right out what they both miss are the implications of two principles, also enshrined in the Ten Commandments, and expanded by Jesus Christ himself. For the purposes of addressing government-enforced redistribution, take your pick: Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself, and the Golden Rule, often paraphrased as Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

The confusion for most people today stems from a strong “tradition of men” that in their minds has confused their thinking. Confused mine in times past.

What confuses them is automatically thinking of government as an inescapable necessity, without actually thinking very much about the premise itself.

you cannot reform the physical, absent fear, without reforming the spiritual. [sic]

That’s true but is a dance around the issue. Granted it is a dance begun by the orthodoxytoday essay, but there is also truth that the difference between “spirit” and “flesh” is a Biblical one.

There are precedents for a certain amount of govt. intervention and
controls and the charity of the OT was MANDATORY, the third year
tithe went to the poor, the edges of croplands were not to be harvested
but left for the poor, ditto going over one’s fruit trees more than once,
and the tither on the third year was required to make an accounting to
the elders and public to be sure he had in fact done this.

Yes, this is true, but please note the important part that relates to the role of any government in this picture. The “charity” of the Old Testament was mandatory, a commandment to the lawful believers. I like to mention this as an example of the many things in the actual laws of Moses that show that it was very much favorable to the poor, the innocent, the unfairly accused, and so on.

The description there of the “third-year accounting” is a bit more than is in the passages. I have read through the whole Torah, but don’t have it memorized and had to search for the “third year” passage. It is there, but the “‘accounting” is to GOD HIMSELF, not an earthly governmental intermediary, not even the priests, although I will grant that the whole chapter might lend itself to such an interpretation, though “thus saith the Bible” is too strong for it. But this is a quibble next to the important point here.

Those with lands and harvests were indeed commanded to leave some behind, enough for the poor that would come and pick it up behind them.

Punishment to enforce? risk of loss of God‘s protection and famine,
disease and foreign invasion as a result.

Yes, that’s right, but again, God did not order some earthly group to carry this out. In fact, David said his enemies were “God’s sword”, because they were used by God to carry out his judgments.

In fact, today in current events we see God using the enemies of the body of Christ, and the enemies of those who invoke his name (not always the same people), using them to enforce judgments against his house. “Judgment must begin in the house of God:” (1 Peter 4:17).

Now, another question is, just what DOES help the poor? Sure, there
is an issue of proper use of funds by govt. but the same is true of
private charitable organizations. Discernment is necessary. But if
everyone on food stamps or SSI suddenly had to depend on churches
and Salvation Army, you can count on it those systems would go

No you can NOT “count on it those systems would go bankrupt”. You have no way of knowing that, you cannot say that with any certainty except for the indoctrination we’ve been subjected to in the recent generations of the rise of the welfare state.

In fact, history needs a revision to counter the revision we’ve been taught. Editors revise manuscripts to make them better, and history books need editors that know their facts better in some cases, and are more intellectually honest in other cases, and in more instances, editors and writers that are just not so lazy.

The abuses of child labor in the 18th century, for example, that we learned about, were actually the ones mostly committed by government child centers.

And the real problem when you look closely, is not so much big govt., as big business that OWNS the govt. and runs it.)

But the problem when business “owns” the government is the fact that a government uses force, using the threat of confiscations and prison against its victims. If a government official sells the services of such force, then I see there are two problems that have nothing to do with what the business does, and another problem with what the business does. That’s three.

One, the government official is selling the service of force against others. If force is not involved, the business would have no need for government intervention. That means legislators too.

Two, the fact that a government can force its subjects to obey under penalty of several means of coercion.

Three, the business pays for these coercions, with the exception of the tit-for-tat type corruption that government officials or politicians threaten, so as to extort “campaign contributions”. This is known as “rent-seeking”. It is a way to benefit from the monopoly of force inflicted upon the rest of us through the use of force.

In fact, I have read cases studies of legislators proposing legislation that will reduce revenues for a particular company or industry, then “campaign contributions” are made to those legislators and they get visits by the lobbyists and the legislation goes away.

Bill Gates and Microsoft gave almost nothing to political campaigns before the anti-trust trials, for example, but were very generous afterward…

Another problem is the repeal of the parts of Glass-Steagall

That was a favor to certain interests, for sure.


The problem with the welfare state, the problem with any government giving anything at all to anybody, is that for a government to give anything, it has to rob it from somebody else.


Christians that follow Christ truly do have an obligation to help the poor. In fact, everyone should. But you cannot saying you are helping the poor if you rob your neighbor to help another neighbor. You are just making yourself feel better.

The same thing applies whether you get a Mafia boss to do it, Theft Incorporated, or your local mayor or governor or president. It does not matter if you get a mob of 51% of the population in your area to vote for somebody to hire armed men to rob some of the people so as to give other people the proceeds.

Even if you vote for yourself to be among the “victims”, it does no good, because you are an accessory to the theft where the victims are the unwilling “donors” who are not donors but victims of theft now.

At this point many readers coming across this as a new concept are getting mental protests that government is necessary for lots of things. I thought so too at first, but it is a discussion to have.


There was mention of the laws of Moses and mandates for the poor. Note that when the people of Israel asked for a real government, though, God told Samuel that they had rejected God, not Samuel.

1 Samuel 8:6 But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to judge us. And Samuel prayed unto the Lord.

7 And the Lord said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.

Now we all are taught in Sunday School or by preachers that Jesus said “Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s and unto God that which is God’s”, when he was asked about taxes by the Pharisees and Sadducees that sought to trick him into condemning himself or making himself unpopular.

But let us see what Jesus really thought about anybody who imposed any taxes on anybody

Matthew 17:24 And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute?

25 He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers?

26 Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free.

27 Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee.

The kings of the earth (those who tell the rest of us to pay taxes) do not pay those taxes themselves, and do not impose them on their own children, but on “strangers”.

And don’t forget what he did to the people that controlled the currency exchanges of the day, and their false balances. Imagine what he would to to the Fed:

John 2:14 And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting:

15 And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables;

Imagine what he will eventually do upon his return to those “kings” that have robbed the poor and middle class with their fiat currency and money devaluation, and the false balance of a fiat currency, and through their devious legislation passed with a false balance (lies) of saying it’s for the poor but are not.

Better they leave us alone. Government is just a bigger Mafia than the rest of them. Sometimes it’s a kinder, gentler Mafia but whenever they tell you they want to help you, reach for your pocketbook. (And whatever you have to defend yourself with).

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Why Niels Gerson Lohman is never going to visit the US again–America’s loss

October 13, 2013

I’m writing this in reaction to the article found here:

Some of us are battling the idiotic mind-set of the new oligarchs here in the land of the formerly free.

But you could have it worse in between “stacks of Bibles“? Maybe it’s a B&B owned by an enthusiastic couple on the subject, but in those pages are pronouncements of judgments against very un-Christian minds in a post-Christian land (the USA) which is entering its pagan phases.

You were accosted by border patrol agents schooled in the first generation in which Bibles were banned, the Ten Commandments are banned (“Love thy neighbor as thyself”), and prayer is banned. (“…as we forgive others their trespasses against us..”)

The US has lost the Christian heritage that motivated St. Patrick to return to the land of his slavers in Ireland and shame the islands and eventually the entire continent into giving it up.

The love of God motivated John Hess to accept burning at the stake rather than give up his campaign against Papal tyranny, and Martin Luther to defy the same tyrants, and that motivated Isaac Newton to advance science as the best evidence for the Creator for young men.

And it is the Christian principle of the Golden Rule that drew Christians in growing numbers to Ron Paul in 2008 and 2012 (including yours truly), and drives true Biblical Christians today to demand the end to the money-changers’ counterfeit operations in the Federal Reserve, the stealth-tax theft of inflation here and in Europe, and to look upon newcomers with favor.

I look forward to Honduras‘ model cities project, which looks like it is going to happen, because my wife is from there. I happen to know of some of the liberty-minded economists and other experts that were consulted in the planning of the legislation and who have some input into its implementation (I hope). They are liberty minded folks. Possibly they will form new pockets of freedom, and with freedom prosperity, that the small country needs.

In fact, for Niels, I would recommend a visit to the Bay Islands of Roatan and Utila, and if you like quiet, waters that are even more transparent to view the bottom, and nature, you might like Guajara, a smaller and less-visited place. Honduras also has the second-largest coral reef in the world off the coast.

I know that there are a good number of ex-pats in Honduras in the coastal areas and along the roads that lead to the Ruinas de Copan. They are the remains of an ancient Mayan settlement and temple.

There is a BIG difference between “right to vote” and the “right to bear arms”

September 15, 2013
Patrick Henry, portrait by George Bagby Matthe...

Patrick Henry, portrait by George Bagby Matthews c. 1891 after an original by Thomas Sully (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The “right to vote” is only a corollary of the constitutional guarantee of a republican form of government. In fact, voter requirements are necessary to protect that right, and that includes taking reasonable measures to prevent a person from voting twice, making sure the person is eligible according to age, citizenship, and so on. If you cannot trust that these reasonable measures are taken, then you cannot trust that your vote counts as such.

The “Blessings of Liberty” were mentioned in the Preamble to the US Constitution as one of the purposes of said Constitution, but Patrick Henry and some of the other more astute among them did not regard them as enough, which is why they demanded the Bill of Rights, which explicitly declare a list of what they thought of as the most sacred natural individual rights.

The “right to vote” is is not a “right” in the sense of an individual’s liberty. You can respect all the natural rights of an individual –the right to the free exercise of one’s religion, the right to free speech, the right to free press, the right to peaceably assemble, to petition the government for a redress of grievances, the right to keep and bear arms, to BE secure (not “feel” secure) in their persons, papers, and property, and so on.

Those are an individual’s rights. The individual’s rights are a law higher than any particular government or tribe or nation, or any laws. The “rule of law” is the idea that any government, or the people entrusted with governing, should be subject to the same laws as everyone else.

The right of speech is absolute. If the SCOTUS had respected the right to bear arms with the same attitude they brought to the right of free speech, they would never approve “reasonable” restrictions on it.

What would be a “reasonable” restriction on the right of free speech? There is none.

But even there, we see the addiction of people in government (an institution that has a monopoly on the legal application of force). The laws that criminalize thought, also known as “hate speech” laws, are a case in point. Tax laws that make special rules and set up special privileges and restrictions and provide concessions of speech, these are another example. Why should a charity have a censorship muzzle, why should any group of private citizens (unions, corporations, hobby and professional associations) have any restrictions at all on their individual rights?

Jesus Christ’s lesson to his disciples, then and now, were in what he said about the tax collectors of the day. His apostles conceded that the tax collectors’ own children did not pay taxes, so he said, “Then are the children free”. He told his disciples to pay the tax, not because of some Romans 13 principle (–ARE YOU LISTENING, PREACHERS?–), but “lest we offend them” (Matthew 17).

Taxpayers pay for elections. They are not free.

People who do not help pay for their vote do not have the same stake in protecting individual rights as to those who have something to lose. They also do not have the same stake in the rule of law.

In the long run, historically, it is better materially to be beholden to a private business in a free market economy, than to be beholden to a government. Over the long run, if it did not buy loyalty, government would not protect the poor from poverty at all, or from anything else.

For example, when caring for the poor came in conflict with caring for the party hierarchies, it is not hard to guess who gets the care priorities, with all the rationalizations and justifications. Instead of going to the one who pays for it, it goes to the one that I told you to give it to. Which way is more “just”?

Again, a good guideline is always the Golden Rule, in dealings both with individuals, and it also works among nations.

Ron Paul, Military Spending and Wars, the Fed, and Israel

July 9, 2013
Ron Paul, member of the United States House of...

Ron Paul, member of the United States House of Representatives from Texas. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

How often do lies and deceitful spin from Old Media get repeated before the Truth overcomes it?

Ron Paul voted consistently NO whenever he thought a bill was unconstitutional. The problem was that Congress almost NEVER offers a constitutional bill anymore. 30 years of no compromise with Crony Capitalism, no payoffs, straight up. Incorruptible. The ONLY one for 30 years. What more do we want?

Anything less IS compromise. And with the self-enforcing culture of corruption in Congress, forget persuading them! And he convinced the people that matter. For his efforts, the ideological yoke of socialist lies over the youth of America has been broken and they have joined on to the new Liberty Revolution, it’s a Love Revolution, steps toward a consciousness of Golden Rule society, freedom.


The military interventions overseas have yielded ZERO benefits for the USA and ZERO benefits for the victims of those interventions. Contrary to the Lying Sniveling Hissing Old Media, Ron Paul did NOT want to completely dismantle the military, and he even wanted to keep some nuclear submarines going I believe.

Isolationist? Snort! Another lie! Commerce with all nations, entanglements with none. It worked the first 150 of our years, and drove the Industrial Revolution here and with a domestic free market allowed the USA to become the biggest economy of the world.

ISRAEL? The US gives FOUR TIMES as much foreign aid to Israel’s enemies than it does to Israel. Ending ALL of it would be a favor to Israel. The USA has only been a ball and chain holding Israel back. Set them free! (Google Settlers of Samaria and Israel)

And we need more people yelling about the root of the problems, like the Federal Reserve money changers, fiat currency, endless unconstitutional war making, the new declaration by the Obama administration that they now only get war-making orders and permission from the UN not the American people, and the outrageous NSA spying, the criminal presidential kill orders! Compromise for 100 years has NOT worked! Never worked! Time to put backbone to conviction and yell the truth from the treetops!


“Same sex marriage”

March 17, 2013

A commenter reacts: “I believe that the foe of God; is Church! & Bible. Wisdom is rare.”

Except for “Wisdom is rare”, this is an uneducated encapsulation of a big mix of intellectual errata concerning the Bible. The simplest way to explain libertarian principles to a Christian is the Golden Rule. For example, almost every father and mother who discovers that their son is smoking pot, they do not really want their son to go to prison, they want to persuade him to stop. The possibility of prison has not proved a very effective argument for the users.

The Christian who says he is a “Democrat” really means he wants to use the state to force all of his neighbors to follow “Christian” principles of “visiting the orphans and the widows” and giving alms. An honest one may understand the contradiction of saying stealing is okay because you will use (some of) the loot to help the poor. “I will not give unto the Lord [or one of the least of these] that which hath cost me nothing”, said the Psalmist.

The Bible is a God-inspired document; and the watermark is in the literally 1000s of SPECIFIC prophecies therein, many 100s of them fulfilled. Plus 10s or scores of assertions that became discoveries. And that is without even considering the evidence of Creation.

And the Bible (Old plus New Testaments together) is the most libertarian document there is. Beginning with the fact that salvation is individual, and discipleship is an individual decision. It’s the whole concept of YOU are responsible for what YOU do, morally, and you will reap what you sow.

The early disciples “had all things common” but it was PURELY VOLUNTARY. Common property was a voluntary understanding on joining the disciples, and anybody could leave anytime.

Even under the laws of Moses, anybody could leave the group at any time, like Jesus’ example of the prodigal son. And forget minimalist government; it provided for NO GOVERNMENT AT ALL to empower corruption. Priests had ceremonial duties and they were judges in matters of capital offenses. In the US, many have gotten death penalties based on the word of ONE witness; under the Mosaic law you had to have TWO.

The claims about recognition of same-sex marriage are moot if the state is removed from the equation. Private hospitals can make their own rules in a free market, and you can use the one that allows whomever you want to visit you. Marriage as we know it in the West was a common-law arrangement that has evolved into statist control.

“Christians” are guilty historically of letting themselves use the state to take over things like marriage. Or vice versa. They lost their way, they should concentrate on sharing the truth with others and knowing the “why”. My faith is based on facts, history, reason and logic, but FORCE is NOT the way to stop sin or spread that faith!

The Bible CONDEMNS using force to spread the gospel, that methodology belongs to others. The worst “Christian” atrocities were done by political authorities that BANNED the Bible! For example, the first knowledge John Knox had of any Bible was a listing of banned books!

Anybody can make a commitment. I am married to my wife in all its fullest meaning, but I had to get a marriage certificate to get a visa for her. My solution to the visa thing in order is (1) free trade, free movement both directions, and (2) anybody entering contracts as they see fit.

Lastly, the subject of whether “gayness” or “gay marriage” is good for somebody, or whether aspartame is harmful for you, or whether there exist climatologists who expose climate-gate scientifically (there are), all people expressing themselves for and against have the right to express it.

Morality, virtue, and a universal definition

January 3, 2013
English: Saint Patrick stained glass window fr...

English: Saint Patrick stained glass window from Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland, CA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Religious people” do NOT fit into any such descriptive stereotype as some put forth, not in the real world. Many have a kind of Hollywood caricature of them. Most people don’t understand Christianity. A libertarian society could only come forth from a Christian legacy, expanded on the concept of the sovereign individual. The sovereign individual was always implicit in the laws of Moses and then then the historical, poetic and prophetic books of the Old Testament (the Tanukh). God was their ruler and He was the chief law enforcer of the laws of Moses, with priests only functioning for some immediate arbitration of disputes and to serve betimes as judges in cases of criminal acts.

Those who cry foul at the limited number of “capital” crimes are the same who today scream bloody murder if anybody questions their sacred doctrines or utters some forbidden thought, like maybe homosexuality is not morally equivalent to dark skin. Like David said, “I am for peace: but when I speak, they are for war”. (Psalm 120:7)

There is another lie pushed by Parrot Media and Compliant Press, relating to science. St. Patrick‘s legacy is literacy, learning, and the shaming away of slavery in Europe, Isaac Newton and his peers with science based on experimentation, observation, repeatability, Martin Luther and other such peers’ legacy is the INDIVIDUAL’s own responsibility for his own salvation and his life). Christ said he came to “set the captives free”.

The Golden Rule is universal in one form or another, to all religions and even most atheists claim a form of it when challenged for the basis of their own claim to “morality” or to “virtue”.

“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” is pretty strong, but what can be expected of all is to at least expect reciprocity. Everyone knows, when intellectually honest, that it’s wrong to kill, because they don’t want to be killed. Everyone knows it’s wrong to steal, because they get miffed-plus if somebody robs them. And so on. And forcing a conversion is anathema to a true believer, as it is a false conversion.

The difference for truly believing Christians as opposed to the hum-drum  is that the greatest commandment (love God with heart, mind and soul) requires a recognition that they will have to answer to the Christian God for all their works and deeds.

UNFORTUNATELY in this generation the disclaimer is necessary to point out that a “Christian” by mouth and external label is no counter-example to the previous paragraph if his actions are those of one who does NOT believe he will have to answer for his deeds to a loving and merciful God.

Stories worth a mention: Newslist recap

September 18, 2012


Ron Paul at the 2007 National Right to Life Co...

Ron Paul at the 2007 National Right to Life Convention, held at Crown Center Hyatt Regency in Kansas City, MO; June 15, 2007, (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Woz, the Wozniak partner of Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, speaks about Apple’s patent victory, and you might be surprised, or, you might know about it already:


I was surprised, but didn’t think it was surprising…




As the prophet predicted, Russia’s hard-liners are in full resurgence now, with Putin leading the charge, not that you had to be a prophet to know it:


All things change, but there is still nothing new under the sun… Meet the new boss, same as the old boss, and I WON’T BE FOOLED AGAIN!




Now, to help you save money so you can have a little more you can use to anticipate the coming dollar crash. Whatsoever a man seweth, that shall he also reap, and like Jude wrote, all those rich men that Jude wrote about that would weep and howl, the ones that ate at the pig trough of the Fed’s printing presses. The ones that are engineering this thing, because guys at that level can’t be all that stupid, will meet their fate too, deceived and all. Bernanke is covering himself, too, even as he does things he knows will not work to save anything, because he is already hinting when he says there’s “not much” he can do.


So what does he do? Set us all up for an even bigger catastrophe with QE3.


But to save you a little now so you can save up for it, I’ll point you to Fox News. They gathered a list of a few apps that can help cut your cell phone bill:




I found an “intellectual”, who led a study of on-line web pages, and he says it means we need still more laws. More and more people in the real world are realizing it was a bunch of stupid LAWS that made raicsm ride so much longer than it could have otherwise. Ask the Latins. They’ve had their own racial preference problems but they live together and work together, and oh my gosh, they even sleep together without all the violence we had.


He thinks he’s smart because fools like to blabber on social media, and he’s able to use that to show that we need more LAWS.


We need more LAWS like we need more JIM CROW. It’s enough of LAWS.


Well, getting rid of the LAWS that institutionalized racism and told people who they could and could not ASSOCIATE with, are the ones that are killing us. And now we have guys who have TV spots saying if you disagree with a black politician, you’re racist.


News flash:




And then there are idiots who think skin color makes two different races. Now THAT’s racism!


Don’1t think they’ll stop with telling white people what to do, because they also want to block black guys from palling around with the likes of Alan West, and stop black business ladies from listening to Star Parker, and stop the black kids from listening to their pastors. The only way people will stop looking at themselves as groupmembers


“Some people have declared the present a “post-racial” era in that U.S. citizens elected a black president, maintaining that policies to address racism are no longer necessary,” Mia Moody, Ph.D., who led the Baylor study, said in a statement. “But depictions of minorities in new media show otherwise.”


How about quit kicking a dead horse? Let the dead bury the dead already!


Academics look for a hundred ways to be useful and justify their lives.. They’re looking for where they can do good with their knowledge, a moral imperative… And if they lose sight of the Golden Rule, treating others as they want to be treated, they’ll start thinking that they should be telling the authorities what laws to make, what rules to pass, and more..




NYT readership and more importantly, its influence, is going downward.and its managing editor Dean Baquet admitted that “Obama and Romney campaign officials are reviewing and exercising veto control over their coverage”:


That’s why Ron Paul didn’t speak at the Republican National Convention, by the way. Romney and company wanted to vet his speech, exercise a bit of civilian censorship. Nyet. Ron Paul was about educating us, and he did it in the most gentlemanly way possible, and nobody can fault him now.


And he was right, and he is right.




The IRS says it will go easy on enforcing insurance mandate – at first – but how about later, and why did the legislation add 16,000 more enforcement agents? This article interpreted them as saying, almost, that they won’t enforce it, except it does say they might keep back the penalty tax from a refund:


Does that mean they’ll pretend the uninsured will not get the bill for this?


Raise your hand if you think they’re telling us everything. You do? Ladies and gentlemen, meet the man who was born yesterday.




Compare credit unions vs. banks:




Cafemom uses a really really bad guy to call for killing the the innocent baby.


Um, yeah. Guys that get really young girls pregnant can expect all the consequences, but to use the bad guy for an excuse to kill the innocent baby, and telling the mother it’s okay to do it, creates two victims and two crimes.


Is it a baby, or is it not a baby? THAT is the question, and we all know down deep what the answer is.


Is a human being that is wanted the only human beings there are?





@Barna: You ignore Ron Paul, you put your credibility in peril

April 5, 2012

I just read Barna’s recent report about evangelical voting at this link:

I read Barna’s book Revolution! and was impressed with him having an open mind to what following Christ really means, but I was disappointed in this “report” that does not mention Ron Paul or even Santorum. The candidate is not chosen yet!

But now he measures attitudes among Christians toward the four Big-Government candidates, shows numbers for Obama, Romney, and not even Santorum.

Ron Paul is by far the most genuine and honest of all the candidates and he has been getting strong support from strong Bible-believing Christians like myself.

His policies are by far the most Christ-like. Applying the Golden Rule everywhere. Jesus told us to “make disciples of all nations”, NOT bomb them into behaving.

He that meddleth with matters not pertaining to him is as he that taketh a dog by the ears, and that applies overseas.

The government can only give something away by stealing it from somebody else. Christians should apply the Golden Rule to government: Treat government policy as if it were one-to-one.

What is right in “Atlas Shrugged”, What is Wrong, Libertarians, and Charity

March 26, 2012

First a “disclaimer”: “Atlas Shrugged” is the only book by her I have ever read, including an insert in that book I read about “objectivism”, plus a few excerpts from her writings, plus summaries of her ideas by those who support them like the Ayn Rand Institute.

I agree with the “libertarian” parts of her philosophy, but sharply disagree with others. But in general, we agree on what a government should do.

Some who object to the libertarianism claim that her ideas are conducive to letting a few individuals lead, even using the word “hand-picked”.

But “hand-picked” is definitely not part of the ideas, quite the opposite. Nobody should be able to pick winners and losers was her point.

There were a few points that she wanted to make, although she made like they were part of the same package, although they are not.

The one that makes sense is that interference in the free market by government to make things “fair” end up hurting the people and the economy it is supposed to benefit. Tilting the field in favor of the less capable or less productive at any level only hurts productivity and hurts the consumer.

One I sharply disagree with is that charity freely given is wrong. Elevating selfishness as a virtue contradicts the other message and cedes “moral high ground” to the undeserving ideas, making it a virtue to let people just die who are caught up in disasters, for example.

Another I sharply disagree with even more is her irrational rant against God, about 100 pages or so. It was hard to slough through, but knowing that the book is a sort of Bible to some would-be elites (that’s true), I read it. The stuff she said about the Garden of Eden is totally irrational, no objective reasoning in it, and the denunciation of God totally ignored the realities of history. Ignoring the realities of history is a common fault of anti-Christian atheist writers.

The way that is justified by one executive at the “Ayn Rand Institute” is that no one person has any natural moral claim to anything that belongs to another person. That principle is true, but it misses the point that the moral imperative of genuine charity is not a claim by the recipient –that’s theft, opposite of moral– the question of morality or lack thereof pertains to the side of the giver.

“Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth [it] not, to him it is sin.” (James 4:17) That’s a principle most people intuitively believe in, along with not doing anything to anybody else that they don’t want done to themselves.

Now pay attention to the detail here, it is immensely important. Everybody has a problem actually doing either aspect of the Golden Rule, the passive side or the active side. To assuage the conscience for the lack of “do unto”, they go into philosophy.

To justify the act of selfishness, they restate the question to put it from the perspective of the recipient instead of the giver. But they have to do more than that, so they say that anybody who does give something for free like that is doing it for “selfish” reasons.

But they’re torturing the meaning of “selfish” when they say that, because in that sense, they’re just pointing out that people have their own reasons for doing something whatever it is, meaning they’re just stating a meaningless tautology.

I believe in getting government out of the business of helping the poor because the way they have to do it only hurts the poor. That’s my main reason, although another equally valid reason is that the government has to ROB some people in order to do this “helping”.

I also believe in getting government out of the business of helping the poor because they only get in the way and tend to stop the private activities that would actually help the poor.

Some of those activities by private parties include just natural free market activity, like putting people to work in productive jobs with the investment capital that is freed up by stopping the government theft of it.

Other activities include those that benefit from the availability of resources that result from a more prosperous economy. In the 20th century, people in the United States were by far, way far, the majority contributor to missions of all kinds to the poor areas of the world. Most missions, by the way, included lots of physical and material helps, like elementary schools, vocational schools, and the like. Salvation Army type works.

Usually those charities are Christian charities, motivated by the need to offer the Gospel of Love to a world that is starving for it.


January 29, 2012

I’ve added a new page to the blog to keep it around, because it’s a timeless point from the Bible about what God thinks about government.

There are some Christians who think politics is a dirty business, and prefer to speak about more “spiritual” things..

Well, tell you what, there are lot of things in 2012 that the rulers of this world have told us are “political” issues that do not belong as issues in any government philosophy.

Christians have an increasing sense that there is something wrong with what they’ve been told by the world’s news and information media complex and the government’s indoctrination machines, and by their own Christian leaders, but they can’t quite articulate it. They are hungering and thirsting after righteousness and can’t quite put their fingers on it.

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