Archive for anarchism
Tom Woods and Gerard Casey – both great Christian men – talk about Ireland and its two-thousand year history of statelessness. Excellent discussion…
You can learn more from BOTH of these great thinkers at Liberty Classroom.
Tags: anarchism, anarchy, Gerard Casey, history, Tom Woods
"The anarchist milieu is the only one in which I often feel ease. I am myself there. On the other hand, I am not at ease either in the right-wing milieu, which doesn’t interest me, or in the left-wing milieu, for whom I am not overly a socialist or even less a communist. And I am not at all, really not at all at ease in the milieu of the Christian left…"
"Jesus does not represent a-politicism or spiritualism. His is a fundamental refusal to conform to political authority… He challenges every attempt to validate the political realm and rejects its authority because it does not conform to the will of God"
"I had seen the failure of the Popular Front in 1936; the failure of the personalist movement, which we intended to be revolutionary and which we tried to start on a modest scale; the failure of the Spanish revolution, which had great importance for Charbonneau and me; and the failure of the liberation [of France at the close of World War II]. All of this formed an accumulation of ruined revolutionary possibilities. After this, I never believed anything could be changed by this route."
"There is no possible continuity between man’s actions on earth and God’s establishment of his kingdom…. Man can’t achieve good on his own. And I again have to clarify here. The good of which Scripture speaks is not the equivalent of moral goodness but a condition of conformity to God’s will. And the good that any moral philosophy describes to us may not necessarily coincide with God’s will as it is shown to us in the revelation. In other words, when we say that man can’t do good on his own, it means that man can’t do God’s will with out God."
"I was hostile to the politicization of the church, the primacy of politics; I was strongly against a well-known slogan: ‘Seek first the political kingdom and all these things will be added unto you.’ … The popular opinion held that Christianity should be expressed above all in service… I maintained that service means nothing if there is not an explicit proclamation of the message of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior."
"Should Christians join existing movements, those that are most just; should they, for example, side with the poor man; or does Christianity have something really specific and unique that should not be mixed up with anything else? Does God want to carry out a different action in history through Christians, who consequently don’t need to adopt ready-made plans and doctrines? I am totally in favor of the second perspective…. [So] it is not a matter of founding a party or a Christian labor of union or of uniting Christians around a social doctrine of the church. Nor is it that Christians should join any particular party."
We are always and only partisans of Christ.
Tags: anarchism, anarchy, Jacques Ellul, quotes
Recapping the interesting and significant news and articles of the past week.
Bob Murphy reconciles anarcho-capitalism with Christianity.
Doug Newman asks if Christians should ever vote for the lesser of two evils.
Carl Gobelman explores the idea of “Church and state.”
“Give unto Caesar”? David Hathaway sheds some light on the topic.
Patheos.com posted an absolutely absurd article claiming that good Christians always send their kids to public schools. The response from readers… not so good.
The Feds seized millions of dollars of gold coins from a family’s inheritance on the basis that the government originally confiscated said coins under Roosevelt in the 1930s. The incident raises a lot of questions about the status of tangible property while living in these United States.
Dan McCarthy of The American Conservative Magazine reviews Bill Clinton’s DNC address.
Have you been to LCC recently? If not, here are a few posts you may have missed:
- Locking Eyes With Culture
- The Apostle Paul and Caesar
- Why Government Fails – Public Choice for Everyone
- Being Public Christians
- Constitutional Conservative or Libertarian?
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Tags: anarchism, Christianity, democrats, ethics, public school, statism
When Bob Murphy isn’t posing as a Progressive interviewer of allegedly neo-confederate authors, he’s busy writing his own books and articles. Murphy, a Christian and Austrian economist, blogged recently on his website, Free Advice, about Christian Anarchists. I’m posting it because it falls in line with much of what I’ve been dwelling on lately, and starts a discussion regarding the Christian’s beliefs about the State.
I actually think evangelical Christians are a ripe demographic for understanding the ideal of a Stateless society. God warned the Israelites not to submit to an earthly king, and His warnings were spot-on.
Murphy echoes here what Progressive Christian Tim Suttle says here in a response to my review of his book. Christians throughout history have largely been supportive of the State not many generations after Christ walked the earth. Indeed, as Murphy mentions, even Israel really wanted to be “like the other nations” and have a human ruler over them. Alternatively, those who have understood the nature of the State (which is altogether different from governance) have understood its evil nature, it’s tendency toward oppression, and its mechanism as a violent force.
As usual, it didn’t take long for a commenter on Murphy’s post to bring up Romans 13. And as soon as somebody else refuted it, the statist-defender accused the resister of twisting Scripture or making the Apostle Paul say something he didn’t say. Unfortunately, the problem cuts both ways. Paul could indeed be endorsing the State (I doubt he is), or Paul could be saying something deeper and more profound and important within a larger narrative of the book of Romans. It may be the statists who are making Paul say more than he did. But I’m not an expert on Romans 13. Lawrence Vance has posted here and here on Romans 13, and Norman spoke briefly on a New Testament Theology of the State at the Austrian Scholars Conference in 2011. Both will say more than I do and better than I could.
Tags: anarchism, Austrian Economics, Bob Murphy, capitalism, Christian Anarchism, Christianity, economics