Where Does the West go Now?

For generations now, most Western nations have either tacitly or openly embraced some very significant ideological positions. Here are some of them:

1) “God is not in our thoughts.”

When law-makers reject the God of the Bible, there are always frightful consequences. Why? Because all law is religious. People write laws based upon their world-view, which in turn is based upon the religious presuppositions they hold to. Atheistic law-makers logically make laws in harmony with their atheism. Stalin, Hitler, Mao and Pol Pot were atheistic, and the outcome of their regimes was logical: the bloodshed of millions of innocents. “When God becomes irrelevant, carnage accelerates rapidly” (Gary North).

Thus the twentieth century witnessed the killing of more innocent people than in all other centuries combined.  But this has not been the West’s tradition. As Chilton noted,

The whole rise of Western Civilisation-science and technology, medicine, the arts, constitutionalism, the jury system, free enterprise, literacy, increasing productivity, a rising standard of living, the high status of women-is attributable to one major fact: the West has been transformed by Christianity.[1]

2) “Governments are responsible to educate children.”

Historically, parents have been responsible to raise and educate their children. According to the Bible, the family preceded the State. Immediately after birth (and even before), a baby begins to recognise the sight and sound of his mother, to respond to sounds and touch, the smell of her breast-milk and many other things. Within a few months he begins to learn his parents’ language, who have the ability to teach him all the necessary life skills.

Since time began, parents have home-educated their children for minimal cost. They have accepted the responsibility of communicating the values and skills necessary to prepare their child for adulthood. Sometimes they choose to delegate aspects of this responsibility, so they can draw on the skills of other people in the community to assist in this process, but the overall responsibility remains with them.

But when governments arrogate to themselves the responsibility for education, there is a whole bucket-load of consequences. Firstly, education becomes politicised, because where responsibility rests, authority lies. The responsible minister for education (if he’s interested) wants to see that educational material is used which is consistent with his beliefs, NOT necessarily the beliefs of families. Or, he delegates the task to a department.  But as Machen warned in 1926,

If liberty is not maintained with regard to education, there is no use trying to maintain it in any other sphere. If you give the bureaucrats the children, you might as well give them everything else.[2]

The outcome of this is inevitably monstrous. Hitler was perfectly consistent with modern western governments of today, when he declared in 1937 that

this new Reich will give its youth to no one, but will itself take youth and give to youth its own education and its own upbringing.[3]

Secondly, the cost of education skyrockets. Homeschoolers educate their children for next to nothing, but now (in 2012), the Australian public education system costs the taxpayer over $13,000 per child. Is that really good use of taxpayers’ money?

 3) “Deficit spending by government is legitimate.”

The common practice of chronic government deficit spending has led to the perilous economic state of the European nations, as they have borrowed extravagantly for generations, with little attempt made to service their loan. The United States must now borrow money to pay for the interest on previous borrowings, and there has been no political will amongst its leadership for a century now, to affect any kind of change. “Let’s just keep on borrowing!”

4) “Governments must provide for needy people.”                                                                 

This idea is always made to sound compassionate. But the fact is, that “you cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.” Money given to needy people must be confiscated from productive people. Governments, in attempting to “care” for the needy in the community, extract money at a higher rate from more wealthy people.

Furthermore,

when half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation. [4]

Nationwide (in the U.S) there are about 47 million on food stamps at a cost of $77 billion.[5] Why would anyone want to get off? Today, Social Security accounts for 20% of the budget.

5) “All nations need professional defence forces.”

Three hundred years ago, people viewed the maintenance of professional armies very suspiciously. Why? Armies can be used by governments to put down protests amongst the people. This has happened frequently in history. Also, they can be forcibly billeted amongst the people, which was one of the causes of the U.S. War of Independence.

Furthermore, the cost of maintaining a standing army can be enormous. The U.S. Defence budget is almost $850 billion, and this may blow out to 1 trillion once off-budget extras are accounted for. The U.S. hasn’t been attacked since 1941, but the nation spends 24% of its budget on Defence. Why spend money on something you never need? If nations used militias instead for national defence, there would be minimal cost to the taxpayer.

But there’s more. Since 1945, the U. S. has taken upon itself the responsibility to defend Japan, and since 1953, South Korea. So, the Japanese don’t have to bother with their national defence, courtesy of the U.S. taxpayer. That’s a decided economic advantage for the Japanese. No wonder the U.S. is broke.

6) “It’s legitimate to forcibly intervene in other nation’s affairs.”

First it was the Weapons of Mass Destruction hoax to justify the war with Iraq, then the bombing of Libya in 2011 by the U.S. and European nations showed that governments believe this is legitimate. Had they been bombed by Iraq or Libya? No.

Washington’s proxy drug war in Mexico has claimed more than 40,000 lives since 2006.[6] Now, the U.S. engages in sabre-rattling with Iran. Is it any wonder that so many Middle Eastern peoples detest the United States? When arms can be used by nations for non-defensive purposes, they will be.

Conclusion:

Ideas have consequences. What people believe is very important. These six beliefs listed above are contributing today to the decline of western civilisation. They will need to be utterly repudiated if we are to have a decent future.

The simple fact is we are at a turning point in civilization. The course of Western culture shifted slowly after 1660 from a Christian to a humanistic foundation. With the French Revolution that shift became open and explicit. Since World War I, the world has been seeing the triumph of humanism, and the suicide of civilization. We are at a turning-point in the history of the world…[7]

 

 



[1] Chilton, D., “Paradise Restored,” 1994, p.7.

[2] Gresham Machan, “Shall  We Have a Federal Department of Education?” p.98, 1926, quoted in North, G., “Theonomy,” 1991, p.94.

[3] Quoted in Shirer, W., “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich,” 1968, p.343.

[4] “How to Keep Young People from Becoming Socialists,” “Godfather Politics” website, 14/1/2012.

[5] Pat Buchanan, “Pat Buchanan on Ron Paul…” Lew Rockwell website, 16/1/2012.

[6] Will Grigg, “Santorum: State murder as a ‘Moral Enterprise,’ ” Rockwell website, 20/1/2012.

[7] Rushdoony, R., “The Roots of Reconstruction,” 1991, p.478.

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