Sunday, April 6, 2014

Those Who Live By The Sword (A Sunday Blog)

Most people, even non-believers, subscribe to the Biblical adage that “all who take the sword will perish by the sword.” (Mt 26: 52)

People get it that those who those who make violence, bullying and intimidation a way of life can expect payback.  We celebrate when the ogre gets his just comeuppance.  It’s a storyline staple that Hollywood has ridden to riches for decades.

Many others now also accept the validity of blowback  - the unwanted and violent consequence of military or covert intervention in another nation’s affairs.  This includes sponsorship of repressive regimes such as that of the Shah of Iran.  Angry people kick back with unconventional tactics such as the 911 attacks against innocents on the other side.  The idea of blowback is not an invention of peaceniks; it is a real world phenomenon observed by the CIA.

Sadly, very few people appreciate the level of violence that supposedly benevolent liberal democracies perpetrate upon their own citizens.  Modern states employ fines, seizure, imprisonment and worse to compel compliance with their dystopian schemes. 

Heavy handed and controlling central authority is nothing new.  Its long pedigree is detailed by Igor Shafarevich in The Socialist Phenomenon and more recently by Mark Levin in Ameritopia.   
Like chronically battered spouses or abused children, many citizens that coercion, compulsion and force are the natural state of affairs or even in their best interest.  Not so!  “For freedom Christ set us free; so stand firm and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery”, St Paul proclaims. (Ga 5: 1).

Ayn Rand puts government’s proper and very limited role into perspective:

“A civilized society is one in which physical force is banned from human relationships—in which the government, acting as a policeman, may use force only in retaliation and only against those who initiate its use.

The government was set to protect man from criminals—and the Constitution was written to protect man from the government. The Bill of Rights was not directed against private citizens, but against the government—as an explicit declaration that individual rights supersede any public or social power”

However the glorious American experiment was short lived.  Rand continues:  “The result was the pattern of a civilized society which—for the brief span of some hundred and fifty years—America came close to achieving.”

Progressivism with its ceaseless battery of taxes, regulations, social engineering, foreign interventions and wealth transfers has stripped away our Constitutional protections.  The Supreme Court, a nine-person tribunal of political appointees has failed to restrain its patrons.

So Americans suffer under the imposition of top down control from central authority.  It makes for a poorer and less just society.  Murray Rothbard observes:

“All forms of government regulation of business, in fact, penalize efficient competitors and grant monopolistic privileges to the inefficient.”

“…no act of the State can ever increase social utility. Indeed, the picture of the free market is necessarily one of harmony and mutual benefit; the picture of State intervention is one of caste conflict, coercion, and exploitation.”

Though it is struggling mightily, the welfare-warfare is on its deathbed.  The campaigns of Ron Paul and the Tea Party movement have awakened Americans to the possibilities of freedom.  The Tenth Amendment Center is leading the charge for nullification as States asset their dormant rights to resist Federal overreach.  The scam of central banks and fiat money is being exposed worldwide.  Throughout the globe, cities and provinces are agitating to break away from central authority.

The prophet Isaiah foretold of the day when the agents of force and theft would give way give way to peace, productivity and prosperity.   “They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks; one nation shall not raise the sword against another, nor shall they train for war again. “  (Is 2: 4)
Although he may not put it that way, capital, the tools of production, must supplant weapons, the tools of death and destruction if civilization is to survive.

Go in peace to love and free the world.

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