Dec
09

Meet Doug Douma

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Norman’s Note: Today I’d like to introduce you to the next writer to join the LCC team, Doug Douma! I met Doug almost three years now (has it really been that long, Doug?) at the 2008 Austrian Scholars Conference, and we became fast friends due to our common bonds of Christian faith, libertarianism, and professional engineering. You might remember Doug’s previous posts about Ayn Rand and the origin of natural rights; they continue to be some of the most-viewed posts on LCC. Doug has a few words to introduce himself again to you. Take it away, Doug!

I was blessed to be raised in a Christian family. I grew up in the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod and have continued to stay involved to this day. I’ve taught Sunday School for about 10 years – the first when time when I was 17. This year I’m blessed to be leading a Junior High group through the confirmation process.

I was not heavily involved in political economy during my undergrad years as I focused my studies on Mechanical Engineering. After college, when I first had free time to read the books which I choose, I became acquainted with the ideas of classical liberalism. As with so many others, it began with Ayn Rand. In my case, I was reading Ron Paul at the same time. When reading Paul’s Foreign Policy of Freedom I was struck by the absurdity of the U.S. foreign policy. Paul pointed out that the Falkland’s war obligated us to essentially be fighting ourselves as we had committed to protect both the United Kingdom (through NATO) and Argentina (through the Rio Norte Treaty) in the event that either country were at war.

While in MBA school at Wake Forest, I met Professor Tom Taylor of the Accounting school and author of An Introduction to Austrian Economics. Through a series of lunch meetings with Professor Taylor I came to understand the fundamentals of praxeology, the study of human action. I then spent most of my time reading Menger, Mises, Rothbard, Paul, Rand, Hayek, and Block instead of the material for my MBA classes.

Against all my powers to fight it, a dedication to consistency slowly forced me to support anarcho-capitalism, which I still do to this day. However, a detailed study of Christian ethics convinced me that a commitment to the non-aggression principle of anarcho-capitalism is necessary but not sufficient. Political economy entirely avoids the subject of personal action. I know not to harm others, but what about myself? I believe the answer to this lies exclusively in the Word of God.

Perhaps ironically, despite my commitment to the non-aggression principle, I’m passionate about professional boxing and martial arts. My current station in life is working as an Engineering Manager at an Aerospace company. I’m glad to find like-minded thinking individuals with LibertarianChristians.com and I look forward to the growth of the website and the minds that will be transformed by Christ through us.

Read more of Doug Douma’s posts on LibertarianChristians.com.

Doug Douma

Doug Douma is a Christian focused on advancing Biblical views as Truth on all topics into the mainstream discussion. His areas of interest include Christian philosophy, ethics, and Austrian Economics. He works as an engineering manager at an aerospace company near Austin, Texas.

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  • Isaac Morehouse

    Welcome Doug!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_K43J3QIEMXMR2ZEV6HJSX6PCKE Scott

    Oh no, another engineer! Seriously, welcome. I’m curious to learn of your journey to anarcho-capitalism. My reformed Presbyterian upbringing keeps whispering, “three spheres of authority” in my head. But my eyes are wide open and ears open. I believe in the perspicuity of scripture but know it’s complex enough that we’re still learning form it!

  • Douglas Douma

    Scott, much of my acceptance of Anarcho-Capitliasm is made in rejection of utilitarianism. We should focus on the ethics of our actions instead their results, or intended results.

    As with many other doctrines, the Bible walks a fine line. On the one side we are to pay our taxes and follow the laws of our country in order to not cause trouble. However, on the other side, we are not to use force, prefer a ruler instead of God, or be dismissive of the ethical commands of God (Do not steal, do not murder, etc.) when actions are made as a group. The government has no more natural rights than you and I do.

  • http://is-that-whatyouthink.blogspot.com Danb

    For Scott,

    I think it is mis-leading to treat Government as one of three spheres of authority. It is a totally different animal than the other spheres. It is the one with the sword which makes it dangerous and able to legally swallow up the other ones

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