Society = Welfare Society
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progress of the Ron Paul campaign from across the "pond" in Europe
has been interesting and inspiring. The world desperately needs
a breather from the headlong race to totalitarianism and a Ron Paul
victory would at the very least have a major decongestant effect
everywhere. Even more importantly – his message continues to have
a major effect in changing hearts and minds.
there are many more minds to be changed. On this side of the Atlantic,
while there are still plenty of right wing socialists – conservatives
of the militaristic warmongering kind – the influence of left wing
socialism is much more overt. So it was no surprise to watch that
upper elite Brit, Piers Morgan continually and rudely interrupt
Ron Paul on screen recently.
for the poor was the main focus of attack. Morgan's views are those
of the typical "champagne socialist" – filled with a self righteousness
that implies those who support state welfare are the ones who really
sentiment matches a certain quotation… probably by someone famous...
who knows? It goes something like this: "I give to the poor and
they call me a saint. I ask why they are poor and they call me a
inherent contradiction between the first and second sentences shows
blindness to even the slightest difference between the virtue of
giving themselves and the vice of stealing from others, then dividing
the loot …and then having the nerve to claim sainthood for it.
is worth remembering when dealing with people like this or like
Piers Morgan, that their response is not rooted in logic but emotion.
Their emotion is the product of cultural conditioning – largely
fed by the mainstream, state franchised media – not from following
any independent line of clear thinking.
the emotional mix, often there is an element of defensiveness. Usually
those privileged rich people howling the loudest for government
to help the poor are those who themselves do least. They might well
toss the poor a few token scraps for PR, but invariably their primary
focus is on the grand political "causes" their social and business
networks profit from. ...While conveniently assigning to government
the distasteful and menial task of managing the little people.
Ted Turner trumpeting that he was giving a billion dollars to the
UN? Then there are the numerous foundations of the privileged rich,
dedicated to advancing globalist agendas. Bill Gates is aboard too:
Having taken control of desktops around the world through government
IP enforcement, he is now looking to plant a little seed money to
control the world’s weather – in the hopes of a bumper harvest of
of this is a far cry from genuinely helping the poor, and highlighting
that fact may be the most effective way of helping those who listen
to them not to be fooled. By first attacking the false moral foundation
at its root; it then becomes easier to fill in the economic detail
as to why the free market offers a much better deal for the poor.
with their pseudo-moral high ground intact, the privileged socialists
are just going to keep on celebrating their righteousness and twanging
at the heart strings of the sincere but confused.
the plight of the poor remains a very important and real concern
for those who are both sincere and informed.
of the free market solution is that in a free society we can all
make advance provision through various economic means like savings
and insurance. This solution also rightfully cautions against "moral
hazard" – that failure should not be rewarded, or you’ll get more
of it. It is certainly a just and ancient Biblical principle that
the lazy should also be hungry and poor.
what about those individuals who are trying but have failed to make
provision? Or those who for some reason, possibly beyond their control
– a crisis, theft, failed venture etc. – also do not have any savings
or provision in place?
many cases, those who are poor may indeed be responsible for it
by having made bad decisions. But which of us cannot speak with
the great authority of experience on the subject of mistakes? Also,
what about those who are in difficulty through no fault of their
own – perhaps through illness or disability?
freedom means ‘devil take the hindmost’" cry the socialists of both
left and right – and who differ only slightly in their preferred
ratio of government social welfare v. corporate welfare.
the champagne socialist, all of these cases can justify the organized
theft of the state. To them, the point that it actually is organized
theft need go unchallenged in the face of a greater "concern" for
the vulnerable. Sound economic arguments and the long term view
that everyone will be poorer in the end are trumped by this primary
nowadays those economic arguments are rarely abandoned completely,
as all hell has broken loose when they have been – and they do make
sense even to a brainwashed mind. So instead, the end result is
support for a watered down, half and half, mixed state/private economy
– but always moving toward an increased ratio of more state, less
private and always blaming liberty for state failure. In other words:
pretty much the status quo.
can be only one answer to these false arguments: The truth – not
only economic reality, but moral and spiritual truth. Only then
can minds be freed up to think clearly or, in other and greater
words: "You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you
big part of the truth is that a system of organized theft can never
be the hope that answers the need of the poor; because virtue can
never be found in vice – and true compassion is impossible with
even more than this, support for such a system is support for dereliction
of the most basic human duty to our fellow human beings.
particular, for the professing Christian majorities in many welfare
state countries, this doctrine violates our most primary directive
– the new commandment instituted by Jesus upon which the old, written
in stone, were based and which are also violated. That command is
to love our neighbor as ourselves. "Love" in this context is not
an emotion but an act of free will and, in accordance with the famous
John 3:16, evidence of its reality is shown by the act of giving.
in the absence of active generosity, there is also an innate sense
of duty to others in all people. But that natural sense of duty
can also be eroded, along with the conscience, and such is the case
when the state assumes those responsibilities as it has in the West.
Duty and charity have been culturally undermined to the point that
a "Good Samaritan" is perceived to be just another passerby – asking
why "they" don't do something about it, just a little more loudly
than the others.
this primary foundation of individual duty and of care toward others,
are secondary natural welfare institutions. In particular: the family
and the church.
the usurping nationalization of welfare, comes the dereliction of
family duty. In most parts of the world where the welfare state
has not been imposed, family duty goes without saying. Life without
these ties – immediate and extended – is unthinkable. Family duty
in the "Christian" West was once held in similar regard until those
who actually wanted its demise were able to dissolve the bond of
family, replacing it with the shackles of state bureaucracy and
in this matter also, the New Testament is absolutely intransigent,
spelling out with zero theological uncertainty:
anyone does not provide for his own, especially those of his household,
they have denied the faith and are worse than an unbeliever."
even put duty to elderly parents above giving to the church/synagogue,
upholding it as a capital offense under the Old Covenant and condemning
neglect as dishonoring to both God and parents:
said, 'Honor your father and your mother'; and, 'He who curses father
or mother, let him be put to death.’ But you say, if a man says
to his father or mother, ‘Whatever benefit you might have received
from me is a gift to God ("Corban")’ then you no longer
let him do anything for his father or his mother."
religious leaders who increase wealth and power by usurping the
honor and support due to parents were warned so sternly – what of
the tax and welfare state propagandists, who empower and enrich
the governments they serve (invariably as net beneficiaries) at
the expense of both family and church.
brings us to the church – as in local congregations, and Christianity
as a whole:
the beginning, the force of the state was an obvious and violent
enemy. But then, by insidiously merging state interests with the
church, it became an influence of corruption within. So in recent
times, after the concept and funding of the welfare state was made
feasible by economic progress (resulting from greater liberty) the
church as a whole succumbed.
in Europe and significantly so elsewhere, leaders of the declining
state-embedded churches in particular, frequently contribute more
to the expansion of government welfare than the Gospel. Even their
"charitable" organizations often amount to little more than a state
funded window dressing exercise. The idea has spread far and wide,
on both left and right – one of the first acts of George W. Bush,
for example, was to consolidate the support of Christians with "faith
based" state funding.
again, there are zero grounds for uncertainty. In 1
Timothy chapter 5, it is spelled out in
detail that the local church has direct responsibility for administering
charitable distribution from voluntary contributions – but only
when the normal bonds of family are not intact.
church role was first demonstrated in Acts
2:44. That funding was from the voluntary
contribution of private property is highlighted in Acts
5:4 (public false promises to God being
another matter…). In 2
Corinthians 8 and 9 we also see two whole
chapters dedicated to the importance of voluntary charitable giving,
even in temporarily difficult times; its administration by the church;
and the promise of financial blessing that follows over time.
the false prophets and "experts" of the state system only tolerate
faith that glorifies themselves, and see personal virtue and voluntary
charitable assistance as a competitive threat to be regulated, obstructed
by state agencies, and/or absorbed into the state through funding.
lure of the state, with its satanic glory, power and wealth was
the last great temptation of Christ in the wilderness. What more
will it take for Christians to see the anti-Christ nature of this
many today have been overcome and so Christians of all backgrounds
will do well to remember that if even God the Son needed to speak
the holy written Word of God to resist this evil, so do we. By God's
grace, change will start with those who will speak the truth. Even
the smallest light can transform the darkest place. One of the Bible’s
greatest chapters on liberty, the free market and free trade – Isaiah
60 – begins like this:
shall cover the earth and deep darkness the people; but the Lord
will arise over you and His glory will be seen upon you. The nations
shall come to your light- kings to the brightness of your dawn"
Security Safety Nets
addition to neighbors, family and church or private charity, there
are other natural welfare institutions that together constitute
multi-layered safety nets of social security:
top social safety net layer comes with owning a "piece of the rock".
This layer can prevent dependence on others altogether even in hard
times, at least for the able-bodied. Recent events have confirmed
the importance of a workable homestead, if only to fall back on.
But Europe in particular is neo-feudal and the US is becoming more
so – landless peasants on a high tax treadmill to keep a rented,
government or bank owned/mortgaged roof over their heads – in tiny
residential zones, at bubble prices. The bulk of the land being
either government owned or locked up for increasingly centralized
layer, domestic service, was once much more common: A less well
off individual, couple, or even a family could be provided with
lodgings in return for service to the host household. Is this really
so evil – especially when compared to non-productive welfare slums
or enslavement into government workfare schemes? Even indentured
or bond service – where a person in difficulty is given a place
in a household for an agreed minimum period of time – is mentioned
and even supported in most books of the New Testament.
exodus from Egypt and then later, the hope of the Gospel do offer
the promise of freedom and therefore stand in opposition to all
that would hold people permanently in bondage. But coming from experience
– having lived in the third world and kept several domestic servants
– it is also true that temporary servitude can offer education,
provision, and lead on to better things.
a financial fall can be broken at numerous levels: New work or a
new business; falling back on savings or insurance; a return to
self reliance on the family homestead; assistance from immediate
family; extended family or friends; service in another household;
then church assistance or private charity, especially in the case
all means, somewhere in those layers, a place of independence and
financial value to others can be found – if there is any freedom.
instead of natural social security, majority Christian nations have
been vulnerable to the false doctrine of state nationalized welfare,
even when its main proponents were known to be militant atheists.
But this is also in good part the result of teaching promulgated
by Christian leaders.
leaders may be sincere – no one can be held responsible for light
they do not have – and this is not to condemn the individuals concerned,
but rather the ideas involved. Yet according to 1 Timothy 5, to
teach that we are no longer responsible for our own families, immediate
or extended, in part or in full, is to that degree a party to denial
of the faith – in that area of life at least. The record of family
breakdown amongst Christians shows this has not had a positive effect
on the lives and families of those who listen to them.
faced with such false ideas, the moral premise they are built upon
must first be challenged. That includes exposing the hypocrisy of
the champagne socialists when they claim to care (with other people's
money) or with token amounts and ulterior motives. It also includes
counteracting with truth, the false teachers and evangelistic zealots
of state welfare, of which there is no shortage amongst Christian
message should be confronted not only as a personal dereliction
of duty, but a dereliction of family duty and a dereliction by churches
of their God-given duty.
is a doctrine of social disaster: deadbeat fathers; welfare mothers
– married to the state; negligent sons, daughters and relatives;
declining churches and broken local communities; a doctrine unworthy
of any human being, let alone a Christian.
v. State Social Security
the moral case, the fact is, natural social welfare institutions
are also infinitely better in practice than state welfare – even
in places where the people are generally poor. There are enormous
and far reaching beneficial side effects of these natural institutions:
They contribute to bringing people together, keeping them socially
interactive and just plain happy.
The suicide rate, especially in the European welfare state countries,
is through the roof. Catholic family based culture tends to mitigate
this in some, but in others depression is rampant.
In Britain today for example, many old people die alone and abandoned
– but this is rare in much of the third world, where they are
cared for by family and any neglect is considered a disgrace.
Isolation and loneliness are another consequence of the impersonal
welfare state tentacles which choke the social life out of society
Newcomers can often live a socially isolated life even in crowded
towns – which also contributes to ethnic cliques and conflict
instead of interaction and assimilation.
Family disputes that would normally be minor can more easily go
on to be rifts when the economic and social need to reconcile
Decisions are made to move long distances that would not otherwise
be made, when the "safety net" is a social security bureaucracy
– artificially raising the anchor of family ties and of long standing
Moral hazard is created when the consequences of sexual misbehavior
are a new apartment for the mother and child, with few responsibilities
expected of the father.
social terms, Britain and the other welfare states are now third
world countries and it has all happened as the state has taken over
the management of social life and provision for the needy. The list
of social ills could go on, and then the list of economic consequences
may argue that if the natural institutions were so good – how come
being in need of help is not a desirable experience and often can
and should involve correction and making lifestyle changes. On top
of that, the social benefits offered by the state have been very
generous and attractive – and have come without any accompanying
discipline or accountability.
on the dole was once a disgrace, but gradually the beliefs, institutions
and the freedoms required for natural welfare to function were eroded,
taxed heavily, or even made illegal. Today some claimants may be
lazy, but many others have little choice in lands which increasingly
suffocate opportunity. They cannot all be blamed and many have to
endure Nazi style interrogation and violations of privacy.
just building an outhouse for family or servants is often impossible
due to planning rules. Instead, property rights are abandoned and
in the UK, if unoccupied for six months, a house can be seized and
used for "social housing".
there is the level of taxation – with spending over 50% of the economy
in the UK and even higher in France and some other places. For many
people, after expenses, that leaves very little disposable income
available to help others with.
welfare state has been used by the central planners and elite establishment
to purchase – with stolen middle class money – the dependency and
therefore loyalty of the working class. Nobody is quick to bite
the hand that feeds them.
reason authoritarian government control has grown so quickly and
to such an unprecedented degree, while still maintaining some semblance
of democratic support, is that the graspers are so far still being
fed and dare not bite that hand. Even when the government overtly
steals from the poor to pay their elite banking or corporate allies,
they react with outrage – but will not do much beyond calling for
more "honor" amongst the thieves they elected.
process is now at its limit and a temporary, volatile equilibrium
is in place between tax graspers and tax payers, with both sides
angry and dissatisfied. The exact pivot point varies from country
to country but things are now at the point of destabilization everywhere.
rarely look to the long term – it takes a producer to have forward
vision. The idea is always to avoid consequences and live large
now. They never think: What if everyone else stole? What would life
be like for me? Well, anyone who has lived in the third world can
answer that question. Welfare state thievery cannot go on, if only
because the laws of economics will not allow it.
and the Social Realm
of economic freedom also need to consider freedom’s connection to
the social realm. Human action that is rational requires whole human
beings. Social desolation, isolation and damaged emotional development
do not foster the forward thinking, rational decision making and
bonds of trust that a free economy thrives on.
are certain given principles that govern life. There can for example,
be no legitimate free market in theft – although "fence"
operations do superficially function in that manner.
are two questions for those who seek a truly free society:
Is there any real proven alternative to the family as the unit of
authority, provision and welfare?
When faced with a breach of contract, is it correct to exempt marriage
and dismiss this as a matter of private liberty, despite the potentially
enormous third party consequences?
is more to lasting freedom than just fit, healthy men flitting around
the world on multiple passports, trading their gold online. Especially
when leaving behind them a trail of broken relationships, maybe
even broken homes – or abandoned women left to fend for themselves
with an unknown number of abandoned children, conceived in those
few minutes of exercising "personal" freedom. In that
"consent" process, other parties to social contracts were
oppressive straightjacket of state regulation and taxation is the
single biggest contributor to poverty, choking the opportunity for
even the able bodied to make progress. Nevertheless, even in a free
society there will always be some poor amongst us – if only because
of human nature.
the sense of personal and family duty that by and large prevailed
and mitigated earlier depression times has been seriously damaged.
But it can never be extinguished completely and for many it is a
case of genuine ignorance and not malice. In fact, despite human
failings and selfishness, most people still really want to help
others – it is instinctive and makes life meaningful to do so.
on the Ron Paul campaign are symptomatic of this battle for hearts
and minds. It challenges the usual base and short sighted motivations
of the ballot box, by awakening the instinctive human need for liberty
– not only in taking care of oneself, but in taking care of others
socialists like Piers Morgan, whose future advancement is bound
to the approval and fortunes of the upper elite power class, desperately
need the welfare system to continue. There can be no over-class
without an underclass; no pagan eye on the apex of the central banker’s
pyramid without a large base to support the burden.
also desperately need a pseudo-moral, religious sounding veneer,
both to massage their own consciences and for the esteem they need
and crave in the eyes of others – not to mention a place to retreat
when their economic arguments fail.
has been said that appealing to patriotism to justify the warfare
state is "the last refuge of scoundrels and tyrants." If so, then
appealing to "social justice" to justify the welfare state
is another hiding-hole.
the fire of liberty can smoke them out – not only by obviating the
need for so much welfare, but also by reawakening a true welfare
society in which neighbors, families, churches and natural social
institutions can function freely and rise to their rightful place.
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