Every year, I start with the goal of reading at least 52 books, and this year I made it—54 and counting as I publish this—even though one of them was Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables, which seemed like it would never end—not that that bothered me at all. I’d have a hard time coming up with a novel this good that is both thouroughly Christian and thoroughly libertarian.
And though we’re told that we should trust the president (or the king, or the prime minister, or the high priest, or whomever) because that’s the pragmatic way to ensure security, war always makes things worse, and it always breeds more war.
Church and state should not mix, but faith and politics must; indeed, a faith without politics denies one of the essential claims of Jesus—that he is sovereign—and blocks us from experiencing the abundance of a life following him.
Guest post contributed by Scott Cosenza, Policy Director for One Generation Away
Gary Johnson wasn’t in the first presidential debate of 2016, and, as a libertarian, I’m happy about that.
It makes me happy because every day Gary Johnson is out there being listened to, he damages the chances for liberty to take hold in the minds and hearts of Americans. He is either ignorant, as I suspect, about the principles that animate support for Libertarians™ amongst those of us who are libertarians, and why those are important, or he just doesn’t care. In either case his candidacy is unacceptable.
Making a Murderer caused many who saw it to seriously question, if not abandon, one of the convenient fictions that most Americans believe—that, in the unlikely event we get arrested for a crime we didn’t commit, all we have to do is explain ourselves and the system will quickly realize that it made a mistake. After all, only guilty people hire lawyers.
Writers like Frédéric Bastiat, Albert Jay Nock, Murray Rothbard, and Franz Oppenheimer have made the invaluable distinction between the state and society, and between the political means and the economic means.
But there is a more subtle distinction that needs to be made, especially in the American context.
Americans usually refer to the thing properly called “the state” as “the government.” It’s unfortunate for clear thinking about politics that these two terms have, through long use, become interchangeable.