2016 will go down in the history books as a watershed year for world politics. Between the stunning Brexit vote that rocked the globalist cabal, the rising national populist movements sweeping western and northern Europe, and now the election of the ultra-national populist Donald Trump, one thing is clear: people all over the world are vehemently repudiating the last 100+ years of global political centralization.

The setbacks experienced this year by the globalists cannot be overemphasized. The career bureaucrats who strive to run every aspect of peoples’ lives, the economic central planners who try to control the economy, the crony oligarchs who live off taxpayer subsidies and use regulation to destroy their competition, the military industrial complex which makes trillions off of perpetual war, the high society academic intelligentsia who consider everyone who disagrees with them as stupid and unevolved, and the relentless propaganda mill of traditional media: all of them are reeling over the fact that everything they’ve spent generations working for is unraveling before their eyes at shocking speed.

So where does this leave the liberty movement? Where does it leave the Church? Lew Rockwell writes that,

“… legitimacy is truly the state’s most potent weapon. Legitimacy is what allows the state to get away with its moral enormities. It is because the public believes state activity to be legitimate that it tolerates it even for a moment. This is why the state and its hangers-on are so eager to ensure we buy into the social contract nonsense, and the various other means by which the state seeks to justify itself. When that legitimacy is cast into doubt, things happen.”

Things are happening, indeed. National populism is certainly not libertarian, but it’s far closer to libertarianism than is globalism, simply by virtue of its inherent opposition to centralized world government. Regardless of how one feels about voting, political parties, or even the prospect of using electoral politics as a vehicle for liberty at all, the fact is that libertarians now have a prime educational opportunity which we arguably haven’t had in several centuries.

Globalism is collapsing; the central planners’ statist dystopia has one foot in the grave. Now is the time for libertarians to step in and make the argument to the populist masses: if we don’t need or want a world government, then why do we need a powerful national government? Why do we need a powerful regional government? If it is true that peace, trade, free enterprise, innovation, and voluntary contract inevitably result in higher quality goods and services, lower prices, and less violent conflict amongst peoples, then that principle applies in a local township just as much as it does on the global stage. If the global statists ought to be rejected as ethically illegitimate, so also the national statists, regional statists, county statists, city statists, and anyone else who falsely purports to have an ethical right to use violent force to subject other people to their reign.

Those of us who are both libertarian and Christian have a particularly important task. With the state losing more and more of its supposed legitimacy in the eyes of the masses, we are responsible before God for helping the rest of the Church to see that the state has never had, and doesn’t now have, any ethical legitimacy at all. Christ is Lord, his Kingdom is everlasting, and we are his people. All human claims to lordship stand to be crushed under the weight of King Jesus’ eschatological judgment.

The intention of statists to violently impose their rule on other people is, like every other evil, fundamentally a sin problem which emanates from mankind’s rebellion against the Creator. We must call Christian statists to repent of their un-Christlike behavior toward their neighbors, and we must call non-Christian statists to repent of both their external political rebellion against the reign of King Jesus, as well as their more foundational internal rebellion of the heart. When the Church once again begins to think and act as a people set free from the ultimate tyrannies of sin, Satan and death, and proceeds to apply that reality to our common life in their public sphere by loving our neighbors rather than seeking to control them by the sword, then we’ll truly start to ‘ponder anew, what the Almighty can do.’

  • Frankl Roberts

    Here is the key paragraph to me, “Globalism is collapsing; the central planners’ statist dystopia has one foot in the grave. Now is the time for libertarians to step in and make the argument to the populist masses: if we don’t need or want a world government, then why do we need a powerful national government? Why do we need a powerful regional government? If it is true that peace, trade, free enterprise, innovation, and voluntary contract inevitably result in higher quality goods and services, lower prices, and less violent conflict amongst peoples, then that principle applies in a local township just as much as it does on the global stage. If the global statists ought to be rejected as ethically illegitimate, so also the national statists, regional statists, county statists, city statists, and anyone else who falsely purports to have an ethical right to use violent force to subject other people to their reign.”

    Any Christian that does see that Trump is a National Statist is blinding themselves because they simply want this country to be a Christian Theocracy and are willing to accept a Fascist Strongman because they believe only a Fascist Strongman will be able to deliver what they want.

  • cee-oh

    I think you meant “doesn’t see”.

  • Frankl Roberts

    cee-oh. Thank you. I changed it.

  • kim Ringsmose

    Great article, but some quibbles!
    Any decision to aggress against innocents is wrong and the distance between culprit and victim doesn’t change the moral equation. Though it is true that that closer the potential aggressor is, the harder it is for him to get away with it and thus might restrain him.
    Both nationalism and globalism can have a wide variety of meanings. Some are clearly incompatible with libertarianism (unjust), but other aren’t necessarily so. It is the historical contingent nature of these trends, that we must evaluate, whether they are violent or peaceful, promotes liberty, godliness etc.

  • Trump is a statist. Fascist in the sense of partially conflating government and corporations, yes. Fascist along the lines of Mussolini tyranny, or Generalissimo Franco, apparently not so much. Time will tell, and by their fruits ye shall know them.

    Those who think he’s God’s man for the hour are stretching it, and I haven’t seen any convincing prophetic utterances to that effect. The one or two that say so don’t convince me.

    That said, he’s more promising than the “no-fly-zone” alternative with her Top Guns thrown into dogfights with Syrian and Russian fighter jets and their anti-aircraft power.

    His pro-Israel policies, if implemented, might bring more danger than even Syria.

    But it’s hard for me to see how he can save America from the sure-fire judgments of God for the tens of millions of babies lost to prenatal infanticide, or for the wars waged on the scale of genocide in the Middle East, supporting the enemies of Christians in Syria (“Die, Christian dog, die!”, the “apple of my eye”)

    God is not mocked.

  • Frankl Roberts

    Trutherator, it seems you are suggesting we should live in a Christian Theocracy. As a Jew I resent this approach. Your belief that ALL abortion is “prenatal infanticide” is a fundamentalist Christian paradigm. I, and many non-fundamentalist Christians I know (my wife being one of them), do no not share your view of abortion. I do not believe ALL abortion is prenatal infanticide.

    So, please do not try to force your fundamentalist Christian views on me and my family, please let me and my family have decisions over me and my family. That is what Freedom really means.

    Now, to a larger point. The Headline for this thread is “The Global Populist Revolt And The Church.” Your addition of abortion to this thread is important because it suggests you are a single issue voter. You only care about forcing your fundamentalist Christian view of abortion on everyone, including people that have different religious views on abortion. What it tells me that forcing your view of abortion is so important that you will overlook all the truths that surround Trump that he is ok with starting real wars that kill real post born people.

    Using your term “prenatal infanticide,” Trump is saying he wants “postbirth” genocide. Thin skinned Trump has the potential to kill millions of people through the use of war against people that insult him. The fact that you are ok with Trump and his stated agenda, yet whine about “prenatal infanticide” demonstrates to me that you are blinded by your single issue.

    This is my question to Christians like you, How can they say on one hand that there exists “Absolute Truth” and that it is not “relative to political correctness” but on the other hand overlook all of what Trump is (I can grab a women’s pussy simply because I am Trump). I understand your against abortion. But, you should also be against assault on already born women too. So, the fact that you can overlook one truth to achieve another truth suggests to me that Christians like you are really ok with the concept of “A Means to and End.” That all of the preaching I hear from the pulpit that “Absolute Truth is not relative to political correctness” is simple BS.

    My understanding of your post, is that you see Trump as a means to your end of forcing your Christian beliefs on me, and you are willing to overlook any other “Truth” that might be uncomfortable for you.

  • Frank, It seems you should ask before you answer.

    I would NEVER suggest a ‘theocracy’ in the sense of what would really be a priesthood dictatorship, ever.

    I am an anarcho-capitalist, rather, opposed to all forms of men’s kingdoms on Earth, especially if it is regime of men claiming to speak for God. Jesus’ rebuttal to Satan in Matthew 4 was the command to worship only God. That is what God told Samuel as well.

    So stick your stereotypes in the trash.

    Another thing, you say you’re Jewish. Some Christians may invoke scripture when defending the life of the baby in the womb, but if you research the reasoning, the Christian always refers to the BABY.

    This is also the Orthodox view, according to many I have spoken to.

    This is also the view of many atheists. Search key words “pro-life atheists” or “godless pro-lifers”. Killing a mother’s baby in the womb is a barbaric practice. Sure, it was common in all the pagan cultures that surrounded the Hebrews in Israel, as in all the condemnations of the practice of feeding their infants to “the fire”.

    “Single issue voter”. Another swing and a miss.

    War? Hillary promised to face off with Russia in Syria with her demand for no-fly zones. She is the butcher of Towargah, blood on her hands in Libya, cackling over it, and promised to let Iran know she “will bomb them”.

    Iran is safer for Jews than in ISIS controlled territory, where American arms and American money finances them. Trump has criticized intervention. Nobody really knows what Trump would do. I don’t, you don’t. Some ideas come into some focus with his staff picks. But one of them already pulled Trump back from the torture talk. Another has also criticized the decision to make war in the Middle East.
    But that woman Jezebel was a known quantity. Her character away from the lights and cameras is not that easy to find.

    I doubt you hear anything “from the pulpit” that isn’t second hand. And I can’t “force” my Christian beliefs on you, and it is telling that you would make such a hateful presumption simply because I express my beliefs.

    Mockingbird Media will tell you lies, your government (all of them) lie all the time.

  • Frankl Roberts

    Truth, thank you. I deserved all that. In hind site my post was all you said. I made many assumptions I should not have.

    I apologize.

  • I salute you.