Archive for anarchy
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 of this past week.
Tom Woods posted a fun article this week concerning 26 Things Non-Paul Voters are Basically Saying.
Sadly, Judge Andrew Napolitano’s FreedomWatch show on FoxBusiness is being canceled. Not cool, Fox.
An LCC reader sent me an interesting interview from the BBC with Alexandre Christoyannopoulos asking if Jesus was an anarchist.
The Onion satirizes that Iran is concerned that the U.S. is on the verge of obtaining its 8500th nuclear weapon. Oh noez!
If you’re a V for Vendetta fan, you might find this article interesting about the culture connection between V and the hacker group Anonymous.
I find technology trends quite interesting, and of course one of the hottest trends right now is tablet computing. Dan Moren writes about using his iPad as his only work computer for a three days.
You ought to give a Fed Valentine this week.
If you are like me, you sort of threw up in your mouth during Clint Eastwood’s Super Bowl commercial. Reason.tv responds with this:
Did you visit LCC this week? Here’s what you missed if not:
Have some relevant news and links you want to share? Post in the comments below. I read every comment and respond more often than not. Let me know what you’re thinking!
Tags: anarchy, iran, News of the Week, Ron Paul, technology, Tom Woods, V for Vendetta, video, war
Book review of Anarchy and Christianity, by Jacques Ellul. Eerdmans Publishing Company: Grand Rapids, MI. 1988 / trans. to English 1991. 105 pages. Retail: $14.00
Jacques Ellul (1912-1994) was a French sociologist, philosopher, and theologian, but his main profession was teaching law at the University of Bordeaux. He held strong views about the nature of government as antithetical to Christian faith, and is counted among the 20th century Christian anarchists.
Tags: anarchy, ethics, free market, free society, gospel, government, history, Jacques Ellul, Marx, philosophy, The State, theology
In a libertarian society, the production of security services would not come from the State, but security most certainly would be provided via private security agencies and arbitration services. But to those of us living under a state-system, this is difficult to understand. I’m sure you have wondered at some point how exactly a private security agency would work.
Well, I have a special treat for you in today’s podcast. Gil Guillory is an engineer, independent scholar, and an entrepreneur who has been developing a business plan for providing security services as a startup company. He graciously agreed to explain his ideas in an interview with me a while back, and we finally were able to match our schedules and chat via Skype.
Now, this isn’t directly a theological topic, but pay attention when Gil talks about connecting charitable agencies, such as churches, with individuals who need help. There is a real, tangible benefit to private security because it is always more personal than typical police. And given just how corrupt many police have become, it is high time to seek out alternatives.
I have met some very decent police officers in the past, but even they have told me how awful things are becoming in law enforcement. I would encourage any truly good officers to seek out people like Gil and join him in this noble venture. Listen to what he has to say and think about it…
I hope you enjoy this fascinating talk. (It’s just under 20 minutes long, and sorry about the difference in volume between Gil and I…) Feel free to comment here with questions. If we get enough, perhaps Gil will agree to do a second talk where we address them!
Visit Gil’s GooglePages Site.
UPDATE: Many thanks to Manuel from the LewRockwell.com blog for linking to this, welcome to LRC readers once again! Please keep sharing it, folks, the Stumbles, Diggs, and retweets are very much appreciated!
Also, I noticed that for some reason the “title” of the podcast when you play it is And Your Bird Can Sing. Oops! It is nice intro music, though, wouldn’t you say? Great guitar…
Tags: anarchy, audio, capitalism, interviews, police, self-defense