It is not enough to say, with Jesus (Mark 10:42-45), that we should not be "archists." Jesus does more than prohibit us from being like the Gentile kings. He gives us a positive command as well. The command to be "servants" is the well-spring of social order.
Many who hear a proposal to eliminate zillions of "government programs" are rightfully and properly shocked, because they have been trained to feel this is a disregard of important social duties, such as education, care of the poor and elderly, and checking crime. Our criticism of the State is not a disregard of these or any other "civil" functions, but a belief that the State is creating disorder in each area where it intervenes in an attempt to create or maintain these civil functions.
Our goal is to encourage greater personal responsibility for the functions of "civil government" and ensure that these functions are carried out efficiently and humanely.
Social order is neither created nor maintained by the coercive apparatus of "organized government." Social order is not the result of threats and negative sanctions. Social order begins in the Family. Social order never leaves the home to take up residence on Capitol Hill. Such social order creates, nurtures, and permeates society, and expands spontaneously. Washington D.C. is a force for disorder.
- Abraham our Model
- "Civil Government" begins at home; "Patriarchy," not Politics
- Who Counts the Most Important Things of All?
- Not Washington, D.C.
- Trusting God rather than the State
- "Vengeance is Mine," saith the LORD; so is social order
- How Should We Then Live?
- Long-forgotten paths which generate social order
- Voluntary Associations
- A more potent source for social order than coerced action
- Gary North on "social overhead capital"
- Significant expenses not always found on the ledger books
- America's Founding Fathers recognized this
- Statism: The Idolatry of our Age
- Religion and Morality, not government agencies
- The Founders' vision for America
- Obedience in Life
- pleases God more than Ritual and Sacrifices in Church
- Virtue in a State-free society
- Morality, not coercion, creates social order
- Morality in a Church-free society
- Education must be religious