Revisiting the Christian and State Relationship.

Michael S. Rozeff observes—rightly—that “A non-coercive government can be reformed. People only need to stop using its services. It then either shapes up and responds to people’s needs or it loses out to alternative means of governance . . . . government based on coercion cannot be tamed. Coercive governments can and do commit suicide.” Rozeff indicates that the United State government is in the process of self-destructing. See here:

http://www.lewrockwell.com/rozeff/rozeff288.html

Of course, this has been true for a long time. Rozeff points out, however, how far advanced the process now is.

One is left to ask just how moral is a government that strips its citizens of wealth and knowingly drives a bus filled some 306 million riders off a cliff. Each new administration patches the broken cart together with more duct tape and bailing-wire so that it will last another four years. Eventually the time arrives when no means can forestall the collapse.

Hans-Herman Hoppe pointed out this problem in his masterwork Democracy—The God That Failed. Hoppe claims that the state is a territorial monopolist that systematically violates property rights. The agents of the state will, inevitably, use its monopoly to expropriate wealth to itself. In particular, a democracy like the United State will drive its population into a situation of minimal long-term decision-making and as it centralizes power to itself and grows it will bring about an increasingly serious process of decivilization. If the progress is not arrested, the end result will be civilizational catastrophy (Democracy, pp. 70, 102).

So there we are. The state has bent its energies to leading millions of people to be dependent on it. But a time is approaching when, mathematically, the whole game must implode and leave behind catastrophic societal upheaval. The experiment of limited government, powers checked by other parts of government, a supposedly representative democracy, is on the point of demonstrating itself a failed experiment. Because so few are prepared to think outside the box and envision a non-state solution, they will remain unprepared for the approaching collapse. One is reminded of the divine warning:

Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help and rely on horses, who trust in chariots because they are many and in horsemen because they are very strong, but do not look to the Holy One of Israel or consult the Lord! And yet he is wise and brings disaster; he does not call back his words, but will arise against the house of the evildoers and against the helpers of those who work iniquity. The Egyptians are man, and not God, and their horses are flesh, and not spirit. When the Lord stretches out his hand, the helper will stumble, and he who is helped will fall, and they will all perish together. For thus the Lord said to me, “As a lion or a young lion growls over his prey, and when a band of shepherds is called out against him is not terrified by their shouting or daunted at their noise, so the Lord of hosts will come down to fight on Mount Zion and on its hill (Isaiah 31:1-4 ESV).

Those who trust in the despoiling system will not be helped by it when it falls. Those who recognize that the powers of the world operate under only usurped power (Luke 4:5-7; Ephesians 6:12; 1 John 4:19) will trust in the Lord and reestablish themselves under His authority. He will watch over them.

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