Last night a lady asked me on Twitter, "What is an Anarcho-Christian?" (That's the word I used on my Twitter profile to describe myself.) I promised her I'd write an essay about it and get back to her with an answer. The question is important, because I believe the experience of history has proven that it takes an Anarcho-Christian culture to sustain a self-ownership-based social contract such as the U.S. Constitution. Otherwise, via the "slippery slope" doctrine, it inevitably morphs into police state tyranny — of which the United States has finally become a prime example. In the absence of an Anarcho-Christian culture, the so-called "noble experiment" that is human law and the U.S. Constitution are merely ignoble and tragic failures — even deceptions. This is why the Culture War for the soul of America is of such utmost importance.
Right off the bat, I would like to point out that neither theists (Intelligent Design) nor atheists (Random Conglomeration of Molecules) can "prove" diddley squat to satisfaction of the other side, so it's usually a waste of time to try. I like to just tell my atheist friends, let's pretend that theism (ID) and atheism (RCOM) are both unprovable fairy tales. What's in it for me to believe in the fairy tale with a sad ending? Nothing, as far as I can see, so I made a conscious choice to believe by faith in the fairy tale with the happy (life after death) ending because it makes my life happier.
Simply put, an Anarcho-Christian is a person who believes in Jesus of Nazareth and his teachings, but does NOT believe in the never-ending, inherently evil and inevitably corrupt stupid-human pecking order known as "politics1", the dominant members of which like to call themselves "government2".
To borrow the syntax of Thomas Paine: Jesus knew that if a man were impressed as fully and as strongly as he ought to be with a logic-based belief in a God, a fixed point of moral reference, an absolute moral order to the universe, his moral life and behavior would be regulated by the force and power of this belief, he would stand in awe of God and of himself (a creation/child of God), and would not do those things which could not be concealed from either. Jesus also understood that to give this belief/faith the full and fair opportunity of life-governing, life-changing force, it is necessary that the belief/faith acts alone in an atmosphere of free will/freedom/truth completely void of all external coercion. To me, that logically excludes the violence and terrorism inherent in the so-called "police powers" of human law/government. I have gone into more detail on the subject of atheism in my essays, "Stephan Molyneux — And the point on which I disagree with him." and "On the Atheism Display at the Mesa County Public Library" elsewhere on this website.
With Pierre-Joseph Proudhon3, I say, “My name, like yours, is truth-seeker. My mission is written in these words of the law: Speak without hatred and without fear; tell that which thou knowest!” With H.L. Mencken, “I believe that it is better to tell the truth than to lie. I believe that it is better to be free than to be a slave. And I believe that it is better to know than be ignorant." With Horace Mann, I say, "Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity" And with Auberon Herbert, I ask, “By what right do men exercise power over each other?”
The bottom-line answer to Herbert’s life-or-death (see De 30:19) question is: none. There is no moral right for men to exercise power over each other, whether the power is deception-based, physical-strength-based, or both. After sifting through all the immense tangled mass of pseudointellectual talking-point sophistry, so-called “right/conservative/theist” statist and the so-called “left/liberal/atheist” statist are equally incorrect in their anti-individual statism.
The theist tyrant-minded statist says, “God has ordained the existence of the State, and God wants that I should be king, that you should obey me, that all you have belongs to me, and that I have the absolute divine right of kings to take at whim whatever I want that belongs to you.”
The atheist tyrant-minded statist says, “Life is ‘solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short’ without the State, there is no god, therefore there is no moral or ethical code for human behavior which transcends the collective human (the herd) opinion or power, therefore the law is whatever I say it is, therefore I have the absolute divine right of kings to take at whim whatever I want that belongs to you.”
Although the "left" pretends otherwise, both “right” and “left” statists sincerely believe they have the absolute God-given divine right of kings to take at whim whatever they want that belongs to you, albeit with different talking points and slogans. This is true because, historically speaking, only every two hundred to five hundred years do the frightened huddled masses summon the courage to use self-defensive violence to overthrow the manipulative tyrants who enslave their minds. When they do, it’s called “revolution,” and because, as Jefferson said, men tend to suffer evils while those evils are sufferable, it is extremely rare.
The “Divine Right of Kings” is a political theory, both “secular” and “religious,” of absolutism. It asserts that a monarch derives his right to rule from the will of God, and not from any temporal authority, including the will of his subjects, the aristocracy, or any other estate of the realm. The theist version of the doctrine implies that any attempt to depose the King or to restrict his powers runs contrary to the will of God. The atheist version of the doctrine implies that any attempt to eliminate the State or to restrict its powers runs contrary to the will of “the people.” As can be easily seen, the “theist/religious” version and the “atheist/secular” version are substantively identical. Ergo, the concept of “separation of church and state,” which, contrary to “leftist” propaganda is nowhere in the U.S. Constitution, is a blatant spiritual and intellectual fraud. The “church” and the “state” are both “political” entities, complete with the same deception-based “political” shamanism and rituals. See my essay, "The Role of Religion In Political Fraud".
I am what I like to call a REAL Christian. I also consider myself a REAL anti-state Jesus Jew — Jesus said I am his brother (Mt 12:50, Mk 3:35, see also Ro 8:14) — as contrasted with all the zillions of Caiaphas government Jews. More specifically, I consider myself a 1 Sa 8:5-20; Jg 8:22-23; Jg 9; Ps 118:8-9; Ps 146:3; Jer 17:5; Mt 17:24-27; Acts 5:29; Ga 5:1,14,18-23, Php 3:20, 2 Tim 3:5 (as those verses are generally ignored by government churches) kingship-of-God, disciple-of-Christ, anti-statist Christian, as spiritually/morally/intellectually distinguished from Pr 8:15; Ro 13:1; 1 Tim 2:1-2, Tit 3:1; Heb 13:17 (compare Amplified and King James); 1 Pe 2:13-14; 2 Pe 2:10 (as those verses are generally misinterpreted by government churches) kingship-of-man, consumer/client, nominal, so-called “Sunday”, 26USC501(c)(3) government-church statist Christians. Some folks might call me an “Anarcho-Christian.” I don’t consider myself exactly a "libertarian," per se, because the Libertarian Party seems to lack an articulable logic-based moral foundation I deem absolutely essential for the happiness of the human spirit. I do, however, greatly admire many of the so-called "classic liberal" ideas, as set forth by John Stuart Mill in his essay, "On Liberty."
I am a free speech absolutist. I believe in the causes of liberty, individualism, voluntarism, the free marketplace of ideas and the free market of commodities and services. I believe that every creature in the universe has the absolute indisputable inherent right to try to preserve its existence/life by defending itself from attacks by other creatures. I believe in the right of the individual to keep and bear arms, as set forth in the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
I believe humans have three main problems. The first I call “the Infinity Glitch.” We can’t comprehend infinity. Oh, we can recognize and draw the symbol, and we can even semi-grasp the idea, but we can't assimilate it, feel it, and thoroughly UNDERSTAND it and be at peace with it in our gut. The same brain that can’t accept the ideas of no beginning and no end, once it has put a neat white picket fence around the universe, is the first in line to want to know what’s on the other side of the fence that supposedly now marks the end of the universe. The Infinity Glitch can drive the human mind crazy if we let it. I like to believe that’s what happened to Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, a truly bright mind — but not bright enough to keep from driving itself crazy.
The second problem is the inherent unworkability of the "mind-of-A-controlling-the-body-of-B" paradigm, which I call the "Government Glitch." The reality-based definition of the word is: “Government” = person or group A coercing (via a “legal” monopoly on violence and terrorism) person or group B to obey the will of A on pain of loss of life, liberty, and property. "501(c)(3) Church" = political pecking order organized to brainwash individuals into believing the lies that the theivery and murder perpetrated by "government" are the "will of God." The reason “government” does not, indeed cannot, work is because when the mind of A is allowed to control the body (physical labor) of B, there is no end to the wants, demands, and expectations of A’s mind. If “in Power,” A’s wants, demands, and expectations are not restricted by the reality-based physical limitations of A’s body to produce all those wants, demands, and expectations for itself. If not “in Power,” then A’s wants, demands, and expectations are restricted by the reality-based physical limitations of A’s body to produce all those wants, demands, and expectations for itself. This fact is why self-sufficiency is vastly preferable to interdependency as both a virtue and a political theory. It is also the reason why, in the long run, no economy can function unless it is composed of willing buyers and willing sellers in a free market.
The third problem is economics-based. I call it the "Producer-Consumer Glitch." The way to identify and define a liar is if he disagrees with this absolute self-evident fact and statement: every single one of us, as an individual, wants to get paid as much as possible for his own labor and products, while simultaneously paying as little as possible (cheap is good, free is better) for the labor and products of “the other guy.” For some reason, we perceive the physical effort (aka “work”) required in the material plane to provide food, clothing and shelter for our robes of flesh (aka “bodies”) as pain to be avoided if possible.
Thanks to the suicidally stupid, inherently evil, inevitably corrupting, seemingly never-ending pecking order struggle of the human species, we seem to have the nasty collective habit of complicating, organizing, manipulating, institutionalizing and “culturizing” these three simple, self-evident, empirically observable phenomena/”glitches” into an unimaginably tangled and huge globalized mass of wars, genocides, famines, deprivation, pain, suffering, sorrow, and general amorphous evil.
I believe words such as “religion” and “secular” are deliberately unspecific spiritual and intellectual frauds. I believe “religion” = “world view” = how you think the universe around us in fact actually functions. I believe “truth” = all existence, all reality, past, present and future. I believe truth is not something humans speak. I believe words — which, if properly created and used with specificity, are units of measurement for human ideas, useful for acquiring and sharing knowledge of existence/reality — are what humans speak.
I believe Jesus of Nazareth was an — what the evil legal profession culture has long referred to with the deception-based euphemism — "anarchist." I agree 100% with the 1887 words of Princeton Professor A.A. Hodge, who said in effect: The deception-based State “is the most appalling enginery for the propagation of anti-Christian and atheistic unbelief, and of anti-social nihilistic ethics, individual, social and political, which this sin-rent world has ever seen.” I believe the deception-based State engages in more theft, murder, and kidnapping than any other group of humans, including the stupid so-called “blue-collar” criminals from which the State promises to protect us. I believe the deception-based State is, without remotely close competition, the greatest con artist, thief, terrorist and mass murderer on Earth. I believe the bureaucratic violence of the State depersonalizes all of our lives and fatally stunts the spiritual and intellectual potential of every individual who believes in it and trusts it. I believe REAL Christian “Golden Rule” living becomes all but impossible in the face of "the banality of evil" (a phrase credited to Hannah Arendt) which any State by definition creates and promotes.
I believe that there is no such real, material, corporeal thing as “government” or “the State.” I believe that “government” and “state” are nothing more or less than ancient consciously strategic deception-based euphemisms for the dominant members (aka “leaders”) of the suicidally stupid, inherently evil, inevitably corrupting, seemingly never-ending human pecking order struggle. I believe the deception-based euphemisms, “government” and “state” were specifically designed as engines to allow clever amoral elitist (pro-defacto-aristocracy) parasitic individuals to steal the labor and products of simple salt-of-the-earth individuals by means of a collectivist redistributionist system of institutionalized and “culturized” deception so complex and subtle that the working class proletarian, plebian hoi polloi, indeed, even most of the bourgeoisie and petit bourgeoisie are not motivated to put forth the intellectual effort to fully understand it. All that most people know, "left" and "right" alike, "religious" and "secular" alike, is that they sense something is radically wrong (there is a huge disturbance in the Force), and that 75% of the people despise the dinosaur "establishment" media, politicians, and the legal profession culture. Oh yes, and about the same percentage believe that the bullet which killed JFK came from the front, per the Zapruder film, not from above and behind out of the lone rifle of Lee Harvey Oswald, per the Warren Commission's lying propaganda.
“There is clearly a lot of dirty bath water surrounding the reality of God. Holy wars. Inquisitions. Animal sacrifice. Human sacrifice. Superstition. Dogmatism. Ignorance. Hypocrisy. Self-righteousness. Rigidity. Cruelty. Book-burning. Witch-burning. Inhibition. Fear. Conformity. Morbid guilt. Insanity. The list is almost endless. But is all this what God has done to humans or what humans have done to God? It is abundantly evident that belief in God is often destructively dogmatic. Is the problem, then, that humans tend to believe in God, or is the problem that humans tend to be dogmatic (aka coercive)? Anyone who has known a died [sic]-in-the wool atheist will know that such an individual can be as dogmatic about unbelief as any believer can be about belief. Is it belief in God we need to get rid of, or is it dogmatism?”
In his magnificent book The Divine Conspiracy: Rediscovering Our Hidden Life In God, (ISBN 0-06-069333-9 [cloth] ISBN 0-06-069332-0 [pbk]), Dallas Willard wrote that “Jesus is not just nice, he’s brilliant.” Jesus knew the statist (1Sa 8:1-20) ecclesiastical establishment of his day had become so blinded by the gravitational effects of corruption inherent in power over others that there remained no chance that the Jewish prelates (aka “scribes and Pharisees) could lead the people closer to God and self-fulfillment. There should be no real conflict between Jew and Christian. Jesus was a Jew, supremely educated in God’s law of the Torah, and in Judaic traditions. "The Jews" did not kill Jesus. Jewish ecclesiastical politicians manipulated the local "law enforcement" (aka coercion/ violence) arm of the Roman Empire (state) into murdering Jesus for daring to take an effective standing against the evil they represented and served. Big difference. Life and death difference (De 30:19).
Willard begins Conspiracy with a parable I absolutely love:
"Recently a pilot was practicing high-speed maneuvers in a jet fighter. She turned the controls for what she thought was a steep ascent — and flew straight into the ground. She was unaware that she had been flying upside down.”
Willard made this comment about his parable: “This is a parable of human existence in our times — not exactly that everyone is crashing, though there is enough of that — but most of us as individuals, and world society as a whole, live at high-speed, of often with no clue to whether we are flying upside down or right-side up. Indeed, we are haunted by a strong suspicion that there may be no difference — or at least that it is unknown or irrelevant.”
I believe the main reason so many people are flying their spiritual and intellectual airplanes upside down, is the huge number of lemming-like sheeple (human sheep) who insist on believing in, following, and obeying inherently evil and inevitably corrupting One-Ring (Power Over the Other) "government". I believe that is so because they do not understand, and cannot seem to see, the self-evident OPPOSITE ways in which the mechanics of God's laws and man's laws work.
God's voluntary-compliance cause-and-effect laws are love-based, free-will based, individualism-based and protect all individuals (1) equally, (2) separately, and (3) simultaneously, in other words, the so-called “Golden Rule” which has been wisely paraphrased as “don’t do to anyone else that which you wouldn’t want done to you.” Even atheists should be able to live with that concept, since the mathematics of the equation are pragmatically the same for atheist and Christian alike, regardless of the nomenclature.
In direct polar contrast, humankind's deception-based, fear-based, and coercion-based laws by definition and necessity inevitably pit the "legal" rights of one individual or group against the "legal" rights of another individual or group in the following dialectic perfectly exemplified by the abortion "issue": the child's right to life (thesis) versus the mother's right to privacy (antithesis). Under this paradigm, after spending huge amounts of money on lawyers for going into their courts, fraudulently called "the people's courts", a phony illusion (e.g. Roe v. Wade) of genuine resolution and harmony is arrived at (synthesis). This subtle and complex scam is known as the Hegelian dialectic, a means by which clever psychopathic individuals create and manage social crises for the purpose of gaining power and money to benefit themselves.
I believe lawyers are the real spiritual and intellectual "anarchists", or Jesus wouldn't have said to them what he did at Luke 11:52: "Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered." See also what Jesus said to the 501(c)(3) government clergymen (aka Pharisees) of his day in the 23rd chapter of Matthew. See also my essay, "Bible truth about money is being hidden from Christians by America’s 501c3 Pharisees posing as godly pastors" elsewhere on this website.
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1. Always remember, "politics" = person or group A trying to persuade person or group B to obey the will of A, most frequently for the personal financial benefit of A and to the personal financial detriment (higher taxes) of B. That is why deception = the so-called "art" of politics. That is also why "politician" = professional deceiver, and why "political" = deception-based, or having to do with deception. Everybody is competing for political power to steal labor and money out of the "other guy's" pocket and put it in their own. Politicians get votes by promising to be all things to all people. Because that is a physical impossibility, most of their promises of necessity get broken. Because they know this in advance, they are ALL liars to one degree or another. The king is always the most corrupt person in the kingdom. (The first two kings of ancient Israel, Saul and David, were murderers.) In my opinion, any person who sincerely wants to be the king is criminally insane and an implacable deadly enemy to the inalienable Creator-endowed rights of individual freedom and self-ownership.
2. In reality, there is no such real thing as "government". It is not a rock, a tree, a river, or even a cloud. It is mere behavior, an established social order, a dominance-based pecking order. With other animal species, it is often called "dominance hierarchy". In the case of humans, the term "social hierarchy" is more often used. As Frédéric Bastiat said, "Government is the great fiction through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else." As H.L. Mencken said, "Every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods." As General Smedley Butler has written, "War Is A Racket". In reality, "government" is merely the dominant individuals in the inherently evil and inevitably corrupting stupid-human pecking order struggle known as "politics"1. These disordered-by-definition dominant individuals merely call themselves "government" so the hoi polloi masses will view them as being intelligent enough and moral enough to follow and obey.
3. Somehow I have always been fascinated by what Proudhon, called by some the father of anarchism, had to say about Jesus of Nazareth. It was by reading Proudhon that I came to the understanding that reality was the same, whether I tried to articulate it in "religious" language or "secular" language. For me, that was a huge intellectual breakthrough. Quoting from "What Is Property?":
"Eighteen hundred years ago, the world, under the rule of the Caesars, exhausted itself in slavery, superstition, and voluptuousness. The people — intoxicated and , as it were, stupefied by their long-continued orgies — had lost the very notion of right and duty: war and dissipation by turns swept them away; usury and the labor of machines (that is of slaves), by depriving them of the means of subsistence, hindered them from continuing the species. Barbarism sprang up again, in a hideous from, from this mass of corruption, and spread like a devouring leprosy over the depopulated provinces. The wise foresaw the downfall of the empire, but could devise no remedy. What could they think indeed? To save this old society it would have been necessary to change the objects of public esteem and veneration, and to abolish the rights affirmed by a justice purely secular; they said: 'Rome has conquered through her politics and her gods; any change in theology and public opinion would be folly and sacrilege. Rome, merciful toward conquered nations, though binding them in chains, spared their lives; slaves are the most fertile source of her wealth; freedom of the nations would be the negation of her rights and the ruin of her finances. Rome, in fact, enveloped in the pleasures and gorged with the spoils of the universe, is kept alive by victory and government; her luxury and her pleasures are the price of her conquests: she can neither abdicate nor dispossess herself.' Thus Rome had the facts and the law on her side. Her pretensions were justified by universal custom and the law of nations. Her institutions were based upon idolatry in religion, slavery in the State, and epicurism in private life; to touch those was to shake society to its foundations, and, to use our modern expression, to open the abyss of revolutions. So the idea occurred to no one; and yet humanity was dying in blood and luxury."
"All at once a man appeared, calling himself The Word of God. It is not known to this day who he was, whence he came, nor what suggested to him his ideas. He went about proclaiming everywhere that the end of the existing society was at hand, that the world was about to experience a new birth; that the priests were vipers, the lawyers ignoramuses, and the philosophers hypocrites and liars; that master and slave were equals, that usury and every thing akin to it was robbery, that proprietors and idlers would one day burn, while the poor and pure in heart would find a haven of peace."
"This man — The Word of God — was denounced and arrested as a public enemy by the priests and the lawyers, who well understood how to induce the people to demand his death. But this judicial murder, though it put the finishing stroke to their crimes, did not destroy the doctrinal seeds which The Word of God had sown. After his death, his original disciples travelled about in all directions, preaching what they called the good news, creating in their turn millions of missionaries; and, when their task seemed to be accomplished, dying by the sword of Roman justice. This persistent agitation, the war of the executioners and martyrs, lasted nearly three centuries, ending in the conversion of the world. Idolatry was destroyed, slavery abolished, dissolution made room for a more austere morality, and the contempt for wealth was sometimes pushed almost to privation. Society was saved by the negation of its own principles, by a revolution in its religion, and by violation of its most sacred rights. In this revolution, the idea of justice spread to an extent that had not before been dreamed of, never to return to its original limits. Heretofore justice had existed only for the masters; it then commenced to exist for the slaves."
"Nevertheless, the new religion at that time had borne by no means all its fruits. There was a perceptible improvement of the public morals, and a partial release from oppression; but, other than that, the seeds sown by the Son of Man, having fallen into idolatrous hearts, had produced nothings save innumerable discords and a quasi-poetical mythology. Instead of developing into their practical consequences the principles of morality and government taught by The Word of God, his followers busied themselves in speculations as to his birth, his origin, his person, and his actions; they discussed his parables, and from the conflict of the most extravagant opinions upon unanswerable questions and texts which no one understood, was born theology, — which may be defined as the science of the infinitely absurd."
"The truth of Christianity did not survive the age of the apostles; the Gospel, commented upon and symbolized by the Greeks and Latins, loaded with pagan fables, became literally a mass of contradictions; and to this day the reign of the infallible Church has been a long era of darkness. It is said that the gates of hell will not always prevail, that The Word of God will return, and that one day men will know truth and justice; but that will be the death of Greek and Roman Catholicism, just as in the light of science disappeared the caprices of opinion."ShareThis