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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Simplicity: Literature And Education

Before I begin, I wish to say that this post is not, and should not be viewed as, a finger point at any of my friends. This is solely my opinion.

With the release of movies like Lord of the Rings and the Chronicles of Narnia, reading has become popular. Personally, I think it's great that folks are moving back to reading books and away from the tv. Benjamin Franklin once said, "Reading feeds the brain. In our present day it is easy to see that most minds are starving to death." This was in response to the Industrial mindset, which was raising it's ugly head, "There isn't enough time to read! You can be doing this and this and this and all those are more important than reading because reading makes you think".

And thinkers will never be slaves.

Reading was very much encouraged in the agrarian culture of long ago. Our forefathers were so much more literate than we are because they read lots of books.

Therefore they thought.

Thinking, i.e. challenging the status quo, is what began America and founded it on Godly principles.

The center of education was the home and academic education consisted of reading books. While listening to the oft mentioned Reformation series by Pastor Morecraft, I marveled at the depth of learning the parents required of their children. Part of the children's curriculum was to learn the shorter catechism, one of the primary statements of faith for Presbyterians. Now, the Shorter Catechism consists of 107 questions and answers. Deep stuff. They were also required to read certain classics of Christian literature.

But their definition of classical literature and modern day's definition of classical literature is two different things. You see, they didn't have Tolkien or Lewis. Their classics included books like Calvin's Institutes, Augustine's City of God, The Letters of Samuel Rutherford. Lex Rex, another classic by Samuel Rutherford, is the hardest book I have attempted to read. One reason could be because the footnotes are in Latin! In Scotland during the Reformation, most household libraries would consist of the Bible and the Letters of Samuel Rutherford. Because books were so expensive, only the ones that were most beneficial to developing a Christian worldview were invested in. Shakespeare might have written great stuff but men, women, and children were being slaughtered!

The bottom line is only what's done for Christ will last. Although I am absolutely stunned by the brilliance of Tolkien, will reading about hobbits and orcs help me become a Godly husband and father? For me, that's what it boils down to. Although it's certainly no sin to read those books, or to read for entertainment, I think it's much more important to be able to defend your position on the Biblical role of government than to defend Tolkien's use of magic in LOTR.

Maybe there's something I'm missing and if there is, I hope one of my dear readers will straighten me out.

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Monday, October 27, 2008

Simplicity: The Family

(This post is rather closely related to my previous post on children. You could consider it as a second part.)


Here's a rather interesting picture I found in a book called Southern by the Grace of God, by Michael A. Grissom. This is the Crabtree family. At first glance, nothing unusual is noticed. To the casual observer this looks like an average family picture. But on second thought, perhaps this isn't so normal, because it's a picture of three generations of the Crabtree family. The couple seated in the middle are actually grandparents. Their son, standing on the back row, is the husband of the young woman standing beside him. The young woman is holding one of her babies and the other one is leaning on his grandfather's knee.

Now, is it just me? Or does that couple look like they're about 16 years old? Don't those grandparents look like they're in they're late thirties, early forties?

And here we see another principle of agrarian lifestyle: get married young and have lots of babies. My ancestors, on the Boyd side, were married at the average age of 20. And it shows, because since coming to this country, seven generations of Boyd's have averaged nine children per generation. I don't often say things this personal, but I'm glad I'm a member of a large family. I love each and every one of my eight siblings (even though it's rather difficult to see sometimes) and I thank God every morning for the blessing of growing up in a large family.

I believe when the bible says
: As arrows are in the hands of the strong man; so are the children of one's youth, it is adding further blessings to one that has children early. And yet studies show that pop culture is moving away from this. Voddie Baucham once said that the average age at which a male marries, is 28. Imagine how many more children would be born if the average marrying age was 20? Or even 25?

In the Industrial lifestyle of America, pop culture says "Aww, you don't need to get married young. You'll just be tied down. Sacrifice your children (literally) on the altar of convenience and continue on in your career of choice".

But once again, it seems our forefathers were smarter than we are. They learned the secret. Many hands make light work. In the average agrarian lifestyle, the children were a huge help around the farm. Now, of course, there was a huge investment by the parents in training the children to be responsible, etc.

But the parents simply had no greater joy than to see their children walk in truth. And the more the merrier.

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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Simplicity: The Blessing Of Children

This is a picture of the family of Alfred Baucom Tarleton, my gr-gr-great grandfather. Although several of my ancestors had larger families, I think this picture says alot about the status quo of the "good old days" in an agrarian culture.

God has placed a very high value on life. Our ancestors understood this and children were universally considered to be blessings, in the spirit of Psalm 127:3-5:

Behold, children are the inheritance of the Lord, and the fruit of the womb is His reward. As arrows are in the hands of the strong man; so are the children of one's youth. Blessed is the man that hath his quiver full of them: for they shall not be ashamed, when they speak with their enemies in the gate.

This is a trademark of Christian culture. I often wondered, why didn't our founding fathers put something in the Constitution against abortion? Then it struck me, they knew how absolutely stupid, besides morally wrong, it is to kill one's children. If America is to make a long term impact on the world for Christ we need arrows to send out. Lots of arrows. Unfortunately, over 40,000,000 arrows have been murdered, and we wonder why times are so bad? Hmmmm....perhaps our fathers weren't as dumb as we thought they were.

It's always a big encouragement to me to meet other folks with large families. I know most of the folks that read this blog come from a larger than average size family.

No matter where you come from, the people with the most kids will rule the world eventually. That's one reason, I believe, when God blessed Adam and Noah, He said "be fruitful and multiply". In other words, take over the world for Christ!

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Pic Of The Day

We were working around the house the other day and noticed that a lot of cars were going very slow in front of our house.

When we stepped back and looked at the "big picture", we found out why!



That "wee, humble, cottage" is the abode of yours truly. Turns out, the hunting club behind our house was doing a "controlled burn".
Before you begin to panic, allow me to inform you that the fire is now out, although we are about to suffocate from smoke inhalation!

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Simplicity

In God's economy, simplicity is the key.....obey God and receive blessing, disobey God and receive cursing. It's that...well....simple!

The agrarian lifestyle is a great example of this. Now, when I say agrarian, many people think about the Amish or some other "live off the land" group of people. This is not necessarily true. The Dominion Mandate, I believe, applies to every area of life, including electronics and other just plain cool gadgets that have extremely practical uses. The agrarian model can be applied to this also. When I say agrarian, I mean a culture where the father is the responsible head of the home. The home is the center of entrepreneurship and industry. The family works together under the leadership of the father to the honor and glory of God.
Now the industrial lifestyle is the exact opposite. The family is dis-jointed and divided. The father rarely, if ever, works from the house and he's far to busy to fulfil his God-ordained role as the head of his household. The mother may work outside of the home, also. These are the trademarks of an industrial culture. The greatest illustration of this is the Industrial Revolution, which did more to undermine the traditional Christian family than any other event in History.

Due to all the various taxes and government programs, it's difficult or impossible to provide for a family, much less a large family, by the fruit of the land in our day. Most people are forced to provide for their families by the industrial system. In the days of our forefathers, a man could easily provide for his family with just "forty acres and a mule".

How far we have come! I often find myself wishing that we had that same farm economy of yesteryear. Imagine how much simpler life would be. No cell phones, no computers, no CDs....Ok, sorry. One thing's certain, we'd have very few health problems and wouldn't have any issues with obesity because everyone would have to do manual labor in order to survive.
Back then, they were only worried about if it was going to rain tomorrow, not things like if they would have a decent wireless internet connection half the day.

Even though technology progression has caused many issues connected with traditional agrarianism to become irrelevant, there are some basic presuppositions that our ancestors believed which we can adopt to modern day USA, as we seek to take dominion.
In the next several posts, I will seek to address several issues that are contrary to popular culture, which were fundamental, universally accepted truths and are applicable to our lives today.

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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Fall!

Fall is in the air and I am very excited!
This is probably going against my environment as a Southerner, but I am a cold weather person. It's my Scottish blood. I always have preferred weather down in the 30s-40s and I'm even happy with the 20s.

The leaves haven't turned yet, but here are a couple of pics from around our place.
"Cold, Frosty Morning..."

Things I like about the Fall:

-Harvest time
-Watching my breath
-Shooting guns
-Dancing
-Late nights
-"Treasonous" talk and good fellowship
-Pretty leaves
- "Fog" on the lake
- Fire in the wood burning stove
- Holiday atmosphere

Ok, I know. Some of these things can be done in the summer too, but, for some reason, they're just more fun in the fall!

And speaking of harvest time...

Our hay was just cut for the last time this year.

As a side note, here's an interesting article I found the other day.

I say if things get really bad, we move to Switzerland!

Fair fa' ye.

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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Buddy Greene Plays The Harmonica

I discovered this video the other day and just had to post it!




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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Wrath, Ruin, And The Red Dawn

Approximately 13 battles or skirmishes occurred on this day in history from 1066 to 1962. I will commemorate a couple of them and "chase a rabbit trail" at the end of the post.

- 1066: Battle of Hastings: This battle determined who the King of England would be and had an enormous impact on English culture, as well as Scottish. The battle was fought on Senlac hill, with the Normans, under William the Conqueror, attacking. A later trademark of English tactics, William relied on his archers to "soften" the enemy before the main charge. This strategy did not work completely at first, as the English deflected most of the arrows with their shields and successfully repelled the first attack. After about an hour of fighting, the Norman left flank broke and some of their less disciplined opponents charged the gap. The Normans were able to reform their line, however, and after a couple of counter attacks against the weakening English line, William ordered his archers to shoot over the shield wall into the mass of knights beyond. This discharge was so effective that King Harold ll was killed outright. At this point the battle became a slaughter as the disheartened English ran for their lives.

- 1322: Battle of Old Byland: This battle was not as decisive from a political standpoint, but is nonetheless interesting. It was fought between King Robert the Bruce and John De Bretagne, 1st Earl of Richmond.
After the Battle of Bannockburn, conflict between the English and the Scots continued. This was during a time of Scottish dominance and the northern English towns were often raided. These raids were usually led by "The Black Douglas", one of the Bruce's greatest knights. Douglas began a large scale raid into England in January of 1322 and plundered at his leisure because the English king, Edward ll, was involved in a civil war and had ordered that his army should concentrate on the rebellious nobles and not the Scots. After he had quelled the uprising, however, he led a massive invasion of Scotland. King Robert employed the tactics of Wallace, as he scorched the ground in front of the army, making it difficult for the English to live off the land as they had done in past invasions. Edward ll finally realized the futility of his campaign and ordered a retreat back to England. As they retreated, he left the army in command of John, Earl of Richmond, and joined his wife at a place called Rievaulx Abbey. As the English retreated, Bruce swooped down upon them at Scawton Moor, where John had taken up a seemingly invincible position. Using the same tactics he had in a earlier battle, Bruce divided his army, sending one portion around to hit the rear of the English. Both detachments attacked simultaneously the front and rear of the English line, causing panic among the English and sending them running for London.

Ok, here's the rabbit trail: The mountain range separating England and Scotland is called the Cheviot Hills. These were the hills that the Black Douglas raided over time and time again. The English became so scared of him, that they refused to resist him. The raids of the Black Douglas were often referred to as the "Chevy Chase", Chevy from the Cheviot Hills and chase comparing the raid to a fox hunt or chase. Chevy Chase later became the name of a popular dance tune from this area. It was brought to America in the early 1700's by the Scottish settlers. At one time Patrick Henry himself, an accomplished fiddler, played this tune through one hundred times.

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Monday, October 13, 2008

Defiance


I recently finished a secular account of the Jewish resistance fighters during WWII. The Bielski Partisans were the largest Jewish partisan force during that war and they are the main subject of the book. This story appealed to me for these reasons:
1. The main characters were Jewish.
2. They were three brothers.
3. Their actions saved the lives of women and children, as well as men.
4. And finally, they were Sheepdogs!
The name of the book is Defiance and it was a very interesting read, considering the current economical situation. Although I'm not sure any of the individuals were Christians, and each of the men had personal issues, some very interesting principles were brought to light. Here are some of my favorite portions:

(The brothers determined to resist the Germans after the Bielski parents were killed) They knew that to succeed they needed weapons. Arms would reduce danger and increase independence. But the Germans had strict laws against the possession of arms- ownership of weapons was illegal and all civilians caught with a gun were committing crimes punishable by death.
Principle: weapons are an invaluable tool to survival, freedom, and self-defense.

It was extremely difficult to get the people to leave the comfort of the ghetto. Tuvia Bielski knew that they would all eventually be killed but the predominate thought was: There is no other alternative, we'll have to go into the ghetto. It's not too bad, somehow we'll survive. Let's not be smarter than the others. We will live just like the rest will.
Principle: security with slavery is more desirable to most people than freedom with danger.

The main foundation of the Bielski partisans was: Don't rush to fight and die. So few of us are left, we have to save lives. To save a Jew is more important than to kill a German.
Principle: a true sheepdog realizes that it is more important to save life, than to kill. Even if it means running away. Preservation of life is the ultimate goal, not revenge.

I must say that the book does include graphic accounts of a mature nature so, beware.

I'm looking forward to the release of an upcoming movie on the subject of this book, also called Defiance. It will be interesting to see how Hollywood portrays these men.

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Friday, October 10, 2008

Fewer Posts

A quick note to all my loyal readers:

Due to an acceleration of academics and other projects, I am going to be unable to post with the frequency I have been wont to do. I will, however, post at least twice a week.

Fair fa' ye

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Thursday, October 9, 2008

Lawful Resistance To Tyranny

Here is a fantastic lecture we recently listened to on the subject of lawful resistance to tyranny. Pastor Morecraft speaks about the Biblical criteria for resisting tyranny and uses the historical example of John Knox.

When a civil government becomes tyrannical, it must be resisted.

Every time.

But not necessarily by taking up arms. There are basically two levels of tyranny. The first occurs when the tyrant begins to command you to do relatively minor things that are not in accordance with God's law. An example of this is certain taxes. Although property tax and inheritance tax are unbiblical and the magistrate is wrong to make you pay those taxes, you will not be in sin to obey those requirements, though you should strive to have them abolished. I think a good Biblical parallel would be in the book of Exodus when the Israelites become enslaved to the Egyptians. Notice that in the beginning (chapt. 1:10-11), when the Pharaoh originally enslaves them, even though he has no right to and is obviously a tyrant, the Israelites submit to him.

The second level of tyranny occurs when the leader begins to actively persecute the church, through killings and laws that prohibit worship. Think of the persecution of the early church or the persecution of the Reformers. As tyranny grows worse, more drastic measures are needed. Taking up arms should be the absolute last resort. If tyranny grows worse all peaceful means should be exhausted, through petitions to the magistrate and interposition. Moses is a good example of this, as he went to Pharoah multiple times with the petition, "let my people go". Moses also serves as the lesser civil magistrate who had authority over the people of Israel. The lesser civil magistrate plays a very important role in resistance to tyranny. Romans 13:1 says: Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers: for there is no power but of God: and the powers that be are ordained of God.
We must always be under authority. It is obviously best if all the elected officials and the commander in chief are seeking to glorify God through their actions as they "take vengeance on him that doeth evil". But if the commander in chief falls into tyranny, we are to resist him under the control of the lesser civil magistrates.

Can we use armed resistance against tyranny without the authority of the lesser magistrates? No. I believe, because of the verse cited above, that any armed resistance not under the authority of the lesser magistrates leads to anarchy. A historical example of this is the French Revolution.

Now, we still have basic rights of self-defense (I Timothy 5:8) but we can not take up arms against a tyrant unless we have a lesser civil magistrate leading us.

That's why it's so important to elect Godly men to office.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

The Biblical Qualifications For Civil Office

What are the Biblical qualifications for Civil Office?

I was asked this question also this past weekend, while debating various political issues with a few friends.

The long and short is, I don't know.

But I do have some general ideas.

In this post, I said I believed that the Biblical qualifications for elder applied to civil magistrates also. That is my personal opinion, but the Bible does not specifically mention at that place the qualifications for a civil ruler. In fact, I have yet to find those specific qualifications anywhere in the Bible. Maybe one of my well-informed readers can help me with that.

But a general principle, I think can be used here. Ecclesiastes 12:13 says:

Let us hear the end of all: fear God and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

Here everyone is commanded to fear God and keep His commandments. Now, there is no way to do this perfectly, but the over all trend of one's life should be to this end. History is replete with examples of civil magistrates who thought themselves above the Law (a.k.a., God's commandments).
Let me just say, good things did not happen to them or to their people.

Which of the political candidates "fear God and keep his commandments"?

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Monday, October 6, 2008

Multiply And Subdue It: The Dominion Mandate

Thus God created the man in his image: in the image of God created he him: he created them male and female. And God blessed them, and God said to them, Bring forth fruit and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it, and rule over the fish of the sea and over the fowl of the heaven, and over every beast that moveth upon the earth.
Genesis 1:27-8

The oft quoted Dominion Mandate. This is the first of several times throughout scripture where God commands man to take physical dominion over the world and bring it under the lordship of Christ.

Many times I hear the question, why should we take on a culture that's already heading downhill? God has already fore-ordained what will come to pass, so there's really nothing we can do about it. This argument was posed to me this past weekend in regard to the upcoming election. We were discussing the proper candidate to support. It all boils down to, should we support McCain because he is better than Obama or should we support a third party candidate because he meets the biblical qualifications for office (more on that in another post). Although McCain will still take the US downhill, it will be at a slower rate than Obama would, supposedly. Perhaps if McCain is elected we can barely make it for the next four years and possibly put up a better candidate for election next time. Besides, God has already decreed that McCain or Obama will be president, so why should we even consider anyone but them?

God has predestined from before the beginning of time who would be elected in 2008. It will probably be McCain or Obama. But that does not negate our duty as Christians to bring everything under the dominion of Christ. Neither McCain nor Obama has shown by their fruit that they will lead this nation according to God's Law and because neither man recognizes God as the Source of everything, Christians have no right to support him. We should in fact oppose both men.

Back to the Dominon Mandate, though. The question was then posed to me, since the Dominion Mandate was issued before the Fall, don't you think the Fall changed the Mandate?

The Fall changed everything. But there are two main reasons why I believe the Mandate is still relevant. First of all, when God cursed Adam after the Fall, the ground is cursed. This leads me to believe that since Adam would be tilling the ground, the Dominion Mandate was presupposed. Secondly, the first Mandate is reiterated in God's covenant with Noah, when He says:

....Bring forth fruit, and multiply, and replenish the earth. Also the fear of you, and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the heaven, upon all that moveth on the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea: into your hand are they delivered.
Gen. 9:1b-2

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Friday, October 3, 2008

Let Us Honor Great Men...

In 1991 Somalia was torn with civil unrest and conflict. Because of the warring factions, the people of Somalia were starving to death on a massive scale. By the end of 1991 severe fighting had broken out in Mogadishu which aggravated the situation even more. The UN sent food but most of it was stolen by the warring clans. After a cease fire in July of 1992, the UN sent some military observers to oversee the distribution of food. In August of '92 President George H. W. Bush announced that the US military would be assisting the UN workers with security. But the whole mission purposed changed when the tyrant and pervert Bill Clinton was elected to office and changed the military objectives from support to nation building. After several treaty meetings, which had favorable outcomes, it became clear that one of the Somalian warlords, Mohamed Farrah Aidid, was not cooperating. He was the most powerful of the warlords and had the support of the local populace.

On this day in 1993, Task Force Ranger, along with some Airborne and Delta Force units were deployed into the city of Mogadishu to capture two of Aidid's top advisers. The resistance they met was completely unexpected as what was supposed to be a two hour operation dragged on until the next morning. Due to a series of errors and mishaps, beginning with the fall of PFC. Todd Blackburn as he lost his grip while fast roping into the city, the operation became a nightmare. Then two Black hawk helicopters were shot down. As the 160 American soldiers battled the 3,000+ Somalis, heroism was rampant. One of the greatest stories of sacrifice to come from this conflict, which was to be later known as the Battle of Mogadishu, was the heroism of SFC Randy Shughart and MSG Gary Gordon, two Delta Force snipers. They watched from another Black hawk as the helicopter piloted by CW3 Mike Durant (Super Six-Four) was shot down. They assisted from the air as best they could in holding back the Somali mob from overunning the downed helicopter and killing all aboard. When they realized that there was nothing else they could do from the air, they asked to be inserted close to the crash site to assist Durant with his defense. As Shughart and Gordon reached the helicopter they realized that it would only be a matter of time until the position was overrun, so they determined to sell their lives as dearly as possible, killing an unknown number of the enemy before they were finally killed. Durant was captured alive and was later released.

The battle officially ended on October 4th at 6:30 A.M., when the last soldiers were evacuated to the Pakistani compound. American casualties were 18 killed and 73 wounded and they had inflicted 500-2,000 casualties on their adversaries. But the worst of it was that at least two dead US servicemen were dragged through the streets of Somalia. Footage of this was played in the US over the next several weeks.

Clinton did nothing.

Author's note: I have read the book Blackhawk Down and I heartily recommend it to all you men. I think would probably be too graphic for the ladies, though. Also, here is the clip from the movie that tells the story of Shughart and Gordon. It is rather graphic.

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Thursday, October 2, 2008

Father Abraham

Here are some interesting articles dealing with whether or not Abraham Lincoln was a Christian. This one is written by Richard Freeman, of the Circa History Guild. The response is written by Bill Potter, also of the Circa Hisotory Guild. Both men bring up some interesting points.

Personally, I do not believe that Abraham Lincoln was a Christian. I hope he is, but I don't think he is.

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Political Miscellaneous

So here we have Obama and McCain as the mainline candidates.....with four other third party candidates.

It seems that there are really two parties within the Republican party. There's hardcore Republicans who are voting the straight ticket no matter what. I would also put people who are voting for McCain, not because they agree with him but because they don't want Obama in office, in this category. The other category of the Republican party is more dedicated to principle and is willing to vote for a third party candidate. The only problem is, the Republican party candidate needs the vote of both sides in order to beat the Democrat.

This situation reminds me a lot of the election of 1860. There was a party split and although John C. Breckenridge won the official nomination, John Bell and Stephen Douglas still ran. The Democrats needed to be united in order to beat the Republican opposition, Abraham Lincoln, but because they were divided, Lincoln walked in.

What exciting times we live in! Throughout these scary times we should all remember that God is in control and His decree will be accomplished.

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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

This Frenchman Got It Right!


It's rare to find anything that's Biblically sound by the French. We often forget the Christian heritage of the Huguenots. I finished The Law by Frederic Bastiat (1801-1850)a couple of months ago and I was simply blown away by it! He does an excellent job of simplifying and eloquently defining the elementary aspects of Biblical economics.

One of the most interesting ideas I learned was the difference between legal plunder and illegal plunder. When a person breaks in your house and steals, that is illegal plunder. An example of legal plunder would be property tax, inheritance tax, etc. If you read this book, take out the word "law" and put "constitution" in its place. You'll be surprised how relevant it is. That's what I did with this next section from the very beginning of the book.

The Constitution perverted! And the police powers of the state perverted along with it! The Constitution, I say, not only turned from its proper purpose but made to follow an entirely contrary purpose! The Constitution become (sic) the weapon of every kind of greed! Instead of checking crime, the Constitution itself guilty of the evils it is supposed to punish!

Here are a few of my favorite portions.

We hold from God the gift which includes all others. This gift is life- physical, intellectual, and moral life... Life, faculties, production- in other words, individuality, liberty, property- this is man. And in spite of the cunning of artful political leaders, these three gifts from God precede all human legislation, and are superior to it.

Each of us has a natural right- from God- to defend his person, his liberty, and his property. These are the three basic requirements of life, and the preservation of any one of them is dependent upon the preservation of the other two.

Force has been given to us to defend our own individual rights. Who will dare say that force has been given to us to destroy the equal rights of our brothers?

Now since man is naturally inclined to avoid pain- and since labor is pain in and of itself- it follows that men will resort to plunder whenever plunder is easier than work. History shows this quite clearly...When, then, does plunder stop? It stops when it becomes more painful and dangerous than labor.

Can the law- which necessarily requires the use of force- rationally be used for anything except protecting the rights of everyone? I defy anyone to extend it beyond this purpose without perverting it and, consequently, turning might against right.

Since law necessarily requires the support of force, its lawful domain is only in the areas where the use of force is necessary. This is justice.

Look at the entire world. Which countries contain the most peaceful, the most moral, the happiest people? Those people are found in the countries where the law least interferes with private affairs; where government is least felt; where the individual has the greatest scope, and free opinion the greatest influence; where administrative powers are fewest and simplest; where taxes are lightest and most nearly equal.....Where the inventions of man are most nearly in harmony with the Word of God; in short, the happiest, most moral, and most peaceful people are those who most nearly follow this principle.

And now that the legislators and do-gooders have so futilely inflicted so many systems upon society, may they finally end where they should have begun: May they reject all systems, and try liberty; for liberty is an acknowledgment of faith in God and His works.

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