The last post generated some thoughtful commentary so I feel the need to elaborate upon it and share some further information. Many will completely misunderstand me but a few will get it and may feel a desire to press into these uncomfortable areas further. Please consider reading the following books and articles to help you figure my perspective out:
Adam Smith’s Mistake: How a Moral Philosopher Invented Economics and Ended Morality (The best book on Bible prophecy that you will ever buy even though it doesn’t refer to the Second Coming of Jesus. I promote it simply because it explains Matt. 24:12)
Liberty, the God That Failed: Policing the Sacred and Constructing the Myths of the Secular State, from Locke to Obama (I’m currently reading this one)
Debt: The First 5000 Years (My pick for best book of 2011)
It was through economics that our nation’s morality became steadily eroded from the inside out. It was a stealth operation that changed our views regarding “love thy neighbor” over many generations. I used to hold the Founders in high esteem but no longer. John Locke was our most influential founding father (even though he lived a generation before the revolution) and he was anti-Christian to the core. The USA was an Enlightenment Project from the beginning, demonstrated by the plaque on the Statue of Liberty, whose name is given as “Liberty Enlightens the World.” John Locke’s view and definition of “Liberty” is almost a polar opposite to the “Liberty” taught in the New Testament.
The USA was the first country to emerge from Christendom with a specific agenda to eliminate God from its laws in that “religion” was placed entirely in the private sphere. This was sold to us as “Freedom of Religion” but from the start the Masonic Enlightenment “founding fathers” understood this as a triumph of the State OVER AND AGAINST any form of “spiritual power” that might attempt to offer guidance for society from a moral pedestal higher than that of unaided human reason. This carnal scientific “reason” promoted Liberty as the new goddess worshiped by these Enlightenment deists. We took pride in our “Freedom of Religion” even as the deeply seeded enlightenment principles have worked themselves out AS INTENDED as “Freedom FROM Religion.”
Our views of the high morals and Christian “foundation” of America are essentially a bunch of propaganda meant to promote the worship of the secular State. Yes, there were good Christians in government at the time, but the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were, and will always remain, purely PAGAN in nature. If we can look at the history of those who have been most influential in designing the way we live today it goes in a line from Hobbes and Locke, to Mandeville and Adam Smith, and finally to Mises and Hayek, whose patently anti-Christian views on the purpose of government and the role of economics are today the foundation of mainstream American “conservatism.”
“And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold.” (Mat 24:11-12)
As I intend to demonstrate in the future, the rise of commerce over the past two hundred years has been directly connected to the parallel DECREASE of “love thy neighbor.” Recall that Jesus said that “Love God, and love thy neighbor” are the heart and essence of God’s law. I think it’s no coincidence that the USA was founded by anti-Christian Enlightenment deists on July 4, 1776, which is a date that fell on the 17th of Tammuz on the Jewish calendar, the very date on which Moses came down from Mt. Sinai and smashed the tablets of the Ten Commandments after seeing the abomination of the golden calf (a grown-up version of which now stands proudly on Wall Street). I daresay that the foundation of the USA on Masonic Enlightenment principles was seen from Heaven’s perspective as a direct repudiation of the role of Christianity in “public” affairs and marked the effective destruction of the role of God’s Law as the supreme authority over the people and throughout the land. The idol that took the Church’s place of influence was Liberty, and we suffer the consequences today.
So what does this have to do with Capitalism? Well, the purely market-based society that was promoted by John Locke, Bernard Mandeville and Adam Smith goes hand-in-hand with the Enlightenment idol of “Liberty.” Capitalism is a system of social relations created of the merchants, by the merchants, and for the merchants. Today’s New World Order could not have emerged without capitalism. In fact, Friedrich Hayek himself understood this:
“That interdependence of all men, which is now in everybody’s mouth and which tends to make all mankind One World, not only is the effect of the market order but could not have been brought about by any other means.” Friedrich Hayek –Law, Legislation and Liberty
The merchants and their clever promoters actually believe that marketplace transactions alone can bring human unity, prosperity, and fulfillment, even without LOVE. That’s because in the marketplace LOVE is completely unnecessary. That’s the magic of the marketplace! I get what I want and you get what you want; we exchange commodities, and we both walk away happier than we were before. We don’t even have to like each other for the marketplace to work, and we can enter and leave the scene as complete strangers!
Friedrich Hayek understood this, as did Ludwig Mises and of course Ayn Rand. All of them mocked Christianity and despised “altruism” as a completely unnecessary primitive social impulse.
“It may be asked how restraints on instinctual demands serve to coordinate the activities of larger numbers. As an example, continued obedience to the command to treat all men as neighbours would have prevented the growth of an extended order. For those now living within the extended order gain from not treating one another as neighbours, and by applying, in their interactions, rules of the extended order – such as those of several property and contract – instead of the rules of solidarity and altruism. An order in which everyone treated his neighbour as himself would be one where comparatively few could be fruitful and multiply.” Friedrich Hayek – The Fatal Conceit, p. 13
“Love Thy Neighbor” is the Golden Rule that is universally accepted by almost all world religions in some form or other. The ONLY worldwide “belief system” that casually dismisses it is Capitalism, as proven by the statements of capitalism’s false prophets from Mandeville, to Adam Smith, to Mises, Hayek, and Ayn Rand, right down to our beloved Ronald Reagan’s economic gurus: Milton Friedman and Alan Greenspan. Capitalism steadily and stealthily promotes a world without LOVE. This startling and unnerving fact is something that must be noticed and addressed by all who claim to be followers of Jesus Christ. (For more info on Mises and Hayek go to my work from 2003 here: http://www.redmoonrising.com/AmericanBabylon/Part5.htm)
I invite everyone, especially my friends who espouse the typical American form of “Conservatism,” to take a look at the teachings of Mises and Hayek and compare them with the teachings of Jesus Christ and the role and purpose of government and the economy as found in the Bible. For instance, look at this page that identifies books by Mises and Hayek as the top two volumes that led to the post-World War II “conservative renaissance.” These two false prophets have not only shaped American conservatism but are also the founders of the Neoliberal policies of the IMF, World Bank and WTO. The strange fact is that during their lives Mises and Hayek both refused to be labelled as “Conservatives” and claimed to be the last true “Liberals.” Hayek wrote a paper while at the University of Chicago entitled, “Why I am not a Conservative,” and Mises’ new biography is subtitled “The Last Knight of Liberalism.” In fact they proudly claimed to be banner carrriers for the anti-God, anti-State French Revolution bringing Enlightenment rationalism into the 20th Century. Both Mises and Hayek mocked Jesus Christ and wholeheartedly praised the truly DEVILISH views of Bernard Mandeville as the foundation of the modern order.
So what is the answer to the views of Mandeville, Hayek, Mises and the vulgar promoters of economic libertarianism, that the cultivation of all manner of vices is actually GOOD for society simply because it promotes commerce? One place it can be found is within the official motto of the State of Hawaii: Ua Mau Ke Ea O Ka Aina I Ka Pono, which means simply, “The Life of the Land is Perpetuated in Righteousness.”