Especially for death penalty proponents, Romans 13:4 has come to occupy a central role in debates on capital punishment. There Paul writes: “[I]f you do what is wrong, you should be afraid for the authority does not bear the sword in vain! It is the servant of God to execute wrath on the wrongdoer.” Notably, Southern Baptists cite Romans 13:4 in their church’s official statement supporting capital punishment.
Recapping the interesting and significant news of this past week.
RawStory reports that ISPs based in the United States will begin reporting your internet usage to the Feds as early as July 12, 2012. Ostensibly the purpose is “reduction of piracy” but this is the federal government for goodness sake, the most benign and generous institution on the planet!
Joe Carter continues his criticism of libertarians at the Acton Blog. You can see my response to his initial volleys here, and there will indeed be more to come next week. In the meantime, perhaps Hayek’s article Why I am Not a Conservative would be worthwhile to review again.
The Ludwig von Mises Institute Blog is going through a transition period right now, and one result is the founding of a new blog for interesting commentary called The Circle Bastiat. I’m excited to see what TCB bloggers will do with their new site.
My friend and former LVMI visionary Jeff Tucker is now the head of the great company Laissez Faire Books. He now writes regularly for their main blog, Whiskey and Gunpowder (fantastic name), and I highly recommend signing up for their mailing list. Even for the week or so that I have been on the list, I have found the articles they are sending superb. For instance, The Economics of the Timeline is a great read. He also had some excellent commentary on the aforementioned internet-spying debacle.
Did you visit LCC this week? Here’s what you missed if not:
- Some Caliphate
- Debating Christian Libertarianism
- The TSA is Wasteful, Unhealthy, and Unnecessary
- Should Christians Support the War on Drugs?
Have some relevant news and links you want to share? Post in the comments below. I read every comment and respond to almost all of them. Let me know what you’re thinking!