Why the French Lost North America and Why Washington Eventually Will Too

Why the French Lost North America and Why Washington Eventually Will Too

My kids aren’t in the State Indoctrination Camps, we homeschool. I teach world history to homeschoolers every Friday as part of a local tutorial. I love history and firmly believe that even though history doesn’t repeat, it certainly rhymes. Which brings me to my point. Today I was teaching the future leaders of the free world about The French and Indian War. The book I use as a guide doesn’t give the real reason why the French lost that war, and were driven from the continent. It wasn’t because they were bad soldiers or bad military tacticians. They lost because their leaders were out of touch with reality. Louis XIV was a hard-working, brilliant dictator. Even though he began to sow the seeds of France’s destruction with the construction of Versailles by the blood and wealth of his subjects, nevertheless, he was available and attentive to the state of his country. He may not have cared much about his people, but he at least knew of their suffering.

In contrast, Louis XV was a lazy man. His father did not care for him much. As the leader of France he was hated. He died fairly young, but not until he had squandered most of what his father had built in the New World. When he died of small pox, they covered him in lyme, and chucked him in a hole in the middle of the night. While alive, he was suppose to be leading his people in The French and Indian War. Instead, he was absent, aloof, and uncaring concerning the plight of his people. While William Pitt, the Prime Minister of England, with whom he was at war, was making sure his men had money, weapons, food, and supplies to fight the costly war, Louis was lying in the lap of luxury disconnected from the reality of the day to day existence of his citizenry and soldiers. French soldiers didn’t lose because they were cowards, but because they were cold and hungry. French citizens weren’t hungry because they were lazy, but because they were being legally plundered. The French lost North America in the end because of corrupt and aloof leadership

Does this situation sound familiar? While I am thinking of the broader political class, President Obama is a great modern example of this type of clueless, aloof leadership. Many have called him “Vacationer and Chief”. While our soldiers have shed their blood in unjust foreign wars, he appears regularly to be playing more golf than governing. And when he is governing he is busy catering to lobbyists for green energy, attempting to destroy coal power plants and vetoing oil pipelines knowing full well that in the end these actions will drive up the cost of energy for his citizens. Like Louis XV, he doesn’t really care.. Republican leaders are just as aloof and clueless, just on a whole host of different big business lobby driven issues. Republicans are at war with their own conservative and libertarian base, choosing rather to cozy up to the Wall Street and the Country Club wing of their party. Passing omnibus spending bills, fully funding Amnesty, refusing to audit the Federal Reserve, bailing out “to big to fail” banks and car companies, etc. The political class is aloof and out of touch. While food prices go up and wages go down, they publish phony jobs numbers, knowing full well that the jobs being created are either lower wage, or part time, or both. While companies like Hewlett Packard fire 50,000 employees in order to create reserve cash to buy back their own stocks, driving the stock price up, and amassing huge bonuses for their executives. Congress and the President turn a blind eye to such unethical practices because, of course, this pushes up the stock market and allows them to take credit for a fake “economic recovery” so they can get re-elected and continue plundering the American people. Meanwhile, the rich get richer, misguided youth join Occupy Wall Street. Mandatory Minimum Wage movements gain steam. Tea Parties erupt. Libertarians start having a moment. What do all these things have in common? They are all anti-elite-political class movements. Let’s go back to France and Louis XV for a moment.

What happened after his death? The Enlightenment, “The Bloody Revolution”, and the end of Aristocracy in France. What fills the void when elitist, corrupt leaders lose legitimacy in the eyes of their citizens? Before we answer that, we need to ask, “What causes elitist, corrupt leaders to lose legitimacy?” Economic disruption, brought on by the actions and policies of those leaders usually does the trick. When Marie Antoinette supposedly said, “Let them eat cake”, France was in the middle of a desperate economic disruption caused by the constant wars, taxation, and luxuries enjoyed by the Aristocracy. What fills the void left by elitist, corrupt political leaders? Usually populist movements that claim the noble goal of returning the nation to it’s former glory, and promising never to allow a corrupt elitists political class to rule again. Think of Germany pre-World War II. The Treaty of Versailles had stripped Germany of her former glory. Years of punitive damages inflicted by the victors of World War I stunted Germany’s ability to economically recover. An unjust peace left hundreds of thousands of hungry, unemployed, Germans. This major economic disruption toppled the Weidmar Democracy, and led to the rise of the Nazi Party.

Russia at the turn of the 20th century was in a similar state. Years of aloof, corrupt leadership led to constant foreign wars, high taxation, a virtual caste system that was impossible to break out of, and an extremely prejudicial justice system where the poor simply could not get justice. What filled this gap? A populist movement known as the Bolsheviks came to power through revolution, and every member of the aristocracy that didn’t run was summarily executed. This began 70 plus years of rule by communism, which featured millions of deaths, via starvation, execution, Gulags, etc. Russia today is in the middle of such a movement. What is Vladmir Putin trying to accomplish? He is trying to return Russia to its former glory. This Ukrainian business and the Crimean secession is exactly the type of movement I have been describing. Russia needed a leader. A strong, charismatic figure arises and wins the hearts and imaginations of many Russians. Especially older Russians that remember, with nostalgia, Russia’s former place on the world stage. Russia is currently eyeing their former Baltic states as “economic partners”. But the Baltic nations know this partnership is an “offer they can’t refuse”, to quote Vito Corleone.

The U.S. is now showing signs of this process as well. We’ve had one major economic disruption after another since the 1970’s. All caused by the policies of a corrupt and aloof leadership that promise more than they can deliver and then print more money to cover their spending habits. Because we are the reserve currency holder in the world, we are able to print up a fresh batch of cash and infuse it into our economy. But all we are doing is kicking the can down the road a bit. Debt does not build wealth. The debtor is always a slave to the lender. The piper will be paid. Economic disruption is coming in the near future. With interest rates at zero and quantitative easing not working anymore, what’s the plan this time around? We have painted ourselves into a corner with no way out. These populist movements will gain strength. Eventually, Washington, because of aloof, corrupt leadership will lose it’s legitimacy. It is the way of history. Sure as rain, as we say in the south. What kind of movement will fill the void? This question remains unanswered. I just hope the Libertarian moment, becomes a Libertarian day. Of course, as the Evangelical Libertarian, I know that, “the king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; he turns it wherever he will.” (Proverbs 21:1) My prayer is that the people of this wonderful land will peacefully return to the God of their fathers, not through government coercion, but because of the great love that He has shown to us in sending His own Son to die in our place. It is only the Gospel that can bring real peace. It must start between God and man. But when internal peace takes hold in the hearts of men, and the Holy Spirit permeates our homes and hearths, national peace will soon follow. That’s a populist movement to get excited about!

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The Death of America: Its Real Cause, and How We Can Stop It from Happening

Why do the political, and economic structures seem to be hurdling towards death in America?  The answer, in a nut shell is, “we have a theft problem”, and God has said, “You shall not steal.”  We allow the government (through income tax manipulation), corporations (through bank and business bailouts), and the poor (through entitlements) to plunder and parasitically exist off the produce of others.  The more we allow and encourage this behavior through public policies, the more we contribute to the death of our economy, and our way of life.  The protection of the rights, and property of the individual is the only way we can live together peacefully, justly, and fairly as a nation.  As long as theft is enshrined in our political structures, lasting prosperity will elude us.  Liberty is the key to prosperity. God made men free. God tasked us to till the ground, to work, and to be productive. When we force others to take care of us, and to bare the burdens of our mistakes, we violate the natural law that God established in creation. Murray Rothbard explains it this way in his book, “The Ethics of Liberty”,

 

“Now the man who seizes another’s property is living in basic contradiction to his own nature as a man… he lives parasitically off the labor of others… he is a parasite who feeds unilaterally by exploiting the labor and energy of other men… he fails to add to the social total of goods and services, he depends completely on the production of the host body. And yet, any increase in the coercive parasitism decreases ipso facto the quantity and the output of the producers, until finally, if the producers die out, the parasites will quickly follow suit.

 

Any way that it may be considered, parasitic predation and robbery violate not only the nature of the victim whose self and product are violated, but also the nature of the aggressor himself, who abandons the natural way of production- of using his mind to transform nature (natural resources) and exchange (his products) with other producers- for the way of parasitic expropriation of the work and product of others. In the deepest sense, the aggressor injures himself as well as his unfortunate victim.” (pg 50)

 

The death of the American State, Corporate System, and Entitlement programs will come from their own parasitic nature that embraces theft. Like the physical laws of God such as gravity, so the Moral Law of God is immutable. While the rich do get richer for a time, and the poor do get to reap some benefits using the dogma of “income equality” for a season. Parasitic theft will destroy them both, as well as the middle class with them. The poor soul that works hard, saves, invests, and does the right thing day in and day out is being bled dry by government, corporations, and the poor. Together they are sucking the economic life-blood out of hard working American people. They are killing this great nation.  They are destroying the economic engine that has brought unprecedented prosperity and innovation to the world.  They are stealing, and that theft is destroying us all together, as a parasite does its host.

 

It is imperative then that we consider taking deliberate peaceful action to end this evil being perpetrated against the American people.  If I may, I would like to suggest the following actions be taken. First and foremost, we need to respect the rights and property of our neighbors personally, and take responsibility for our lives and families. Second, we need to elect officials in our local communities that believe in voluntary association, and will abandon political theft as a viable form of government policy. Third, we need to elect officials in our state and federal institutions that respect and honor our founding documents in their historical-grammatical context. Fourth, we need to educate our children in the beauty of true Religion, liberty, logic, economics, and history. Which means a wholesale abandonment of the public education system. Home education, online learning, and un-schooling are important tools in the reclamation of our nation. Ron Paul is producing a great home school education curriculum that is free up to the 5th grade. Tom Woods’ “Liberty Classroom” is an extremely cheap way to get high school level, and above education options for history, economics, and other subjects.   The Mises Institue is also a treasure trove of knowledge.  The Libertarian Homeschooler is also a great facebook resource as well. Never in history has there been so much information available for free, or nearly free. Fifth, we need to shape our language in order to become better able to explain why others, outside of our movement, should embrace liberty rather than to live under the tyranny of State benefactors. Sixth, we need to reach out to paleo-conservatives, sometimes called classic liberals, in order to build a broader coalition so that we might move liberty forward in the significant amount of areas in which we agree.  Publications like the American Conservative, and pundits like Charles Hugh Smith, and Pat Buchanan, often have brilliant insights on current events. Seventh, we should abandon all political parties so that we might become a unifying grassroots movement from within the American people rather than from within a Washington power structure.  Stay decentralized, embrace multiple leaders, defy labels and false media narratives, bewildering the government and media elites in the process. Eighth, embrace black swans. There are all kinds of events that the government and media just don’t see coming, that we in the Liberty Movement often predict. Monetary problems, stock market bubbles, and war are their creations, yet they rarely see how these things come about. We need to share and share alike, using Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Google+, and every other social media site that exists or comes into existence. If we take these steps, and work together, I feel confident, by the grace of God, that we will succeed in our efforts to save our great nation from the hands of parasitic men; men that deny their own nature and are intent on destroying us all, even if accidentally.

Peaceful Resistance Is Fruitful

There are many Americans today wondering, “How can we stop the endless state and federal intrusions into our lives?” There has been at least one event in the media recently that I believe proves very instructive for us liberty-minded folks as we seek an answer to this important question. The short answer is, “Peaceful resistance and/or Non-compliance. But before we delve into a modern American example of peaceful resistance and non-compliance, I think there are some important historical examples for us to consider first.

 

Jesus Christ

Jesus was instructed by the state to not heal on the Sabbath day. Yet, what did He do?

Mark 3:1-6 ESV

[1] Again he entered the synagogue, and a man was there with a withered hand. [2] And they watched Jesus, to see whether he would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse him. [3] And he said to the man with the withered hand, “Come here.” [4] And he said to them, “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save life or to kill?” But they were silent. [5] And he looked around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, and said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was restored. [6] The Pharisees went out and immediately held counsel with the Herodians against him, how to destroy him.

Jesus peacefully and morally resisted the legitimate authorities because their legal requirements were immoral. Men are only required to honor the legal claims of the State so far as the claim is moral. When the State exceeds the bounds of the Law of God (or natural law), it possesses only brute force, but no moral obligation exists for the citizen.

 

The Apostles

After Jesus’ resurrection the Apostles are instructed to, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20) They almost immediately began to do as He commanded. After healing a lame beggar in Acts 3, and delivering a Gospel sermon to the crowd that gathered because of the miracle, Peter and John were imprisoned for a day, and then called in to give an account of their actions by the very state that participated in Jesus’ crucifixion. After being forbidden to preach Jesus as Savior by their legitimate rulers, they responded, “whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you (the State) rather than God (and His Law), you must judge. (Acts 4:19) The obvious answer is that we are to obey God rather than men when we are either, commanded by the State to do something immoral, or forbidden by the State from doing something moral.

 

The Early Church

The first eight persecutions of the church by the Roman State occurred for various reasons. Some persecutions happened because of weather phenomenon or battle losses that the Romans blamed on Christians because they wouldn’t sacrifice to their gods. One persecution happened because the head of the Roman State, Nero, blamed the burning of a large portion of Rome on the Christian people. He set the blaze course. One persecution came upon the Christian people because of their reluctance to utter a simple phrase, “Caesar is Lord”. They believed that to call Caesar Lord would be cosmic treason against Jesus Christ, and so they refused. Because of that refusal they were fed to lions, publicly executed, and in some cases their children were executed before their eyes in order to try and get them to obey the State and participate in Roman idolatry. Many a godly saint’s last vision on the earth was the eradication of his earthly seed at the hands of the State. It was this courage of conviction, this commitment to peaceful resistance, that many point to as the down-fall of one of the mightiest, if not the mightiest empire to every rule on the earth. In fact a phrase was developed out of this period that many still know today, “The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church.” It was the blood of non-complying martyrs that not only caused the ranks of the church to swell, it caused support for the State to diminish. In the end Christianity destroyed Rome, not with violence, but with peace resistance.

 

Other More Modern Examples

Who could forget Ben Kingsly’s masterful portrayal of Mahatma Ghandi. If you know nothing of Ghandi, then know this, he brought the British Empire to it’s knees and practically ended colonialism in India. How did he do this? The answer is, peaceful resistance and non-compliance. What about Martin Luther King? How did King lead the Civil Rights Movement? What was his tactic for ending segregation and racism in the South? It wasn’t through the force of law (as our Public Schools teach us through the Civil Rights Act). No, it was through peaceful resistance and non-compliance. Television screens were filled with young, well dressed African Americans being beaten, and water hosed, while offering no violence in return. They repaid “no one evil for evil” (Romans 12:17). What about the Vietnam war? How was it finally brought to an end? Peaceful resistance and protest, combined with media outlets showing young American men being brought home in flag draped coffins for reasons no one could comprehend, but those in the halls of State. Peaceful protest, non-compliance, iphones, and youtube accounts should be the preferred tools of Christians, indeed all Americans, to push back the tide of federal and state intrusion into the lives, and homes of ordinary law abiding citizens. Which brings us to the recent story I alluded to in the beginning of this article.

 

Recent Peaceful Resistance

The story comes to us out of Connecticut (Blue State Resistance), where thousands of law-abiding gun owners have refused to register either their weapons, or their magazines, that exceed what the State has recently made illegal. Only about 15% of gun owners there have complied, making 85% of the lawful gun owners in Connecticut felons. Indeed this is one of the largest peaceful resistance and non-compliance cases we have seen in the U.S. in many years.

 

The Evangelical Libertarian hopes that this is indeed the wave of the future. I hope that Christians as a whole, will wake up from the slumber we have lazed under for far too long, as the liberties secured by our forefathers, through an unwanted and costly war with England, are being taken away by a new group, claiming Divine Right, and absolute obedience to them. I am speaking of both Republicans and Democrats here. While our ruling masters in Washington spend like drunken sailors, fettering our children, and grand children with massive debt, and regulations, they are also printing money and manipulating interests rates that destroy, and de-incentivize savings as well. If peaceful resistance, and non-compliance do not begin to mount now, not only will our nation be economically destroyed by a feckless, uncaring, distant ruling class, but it will become more likely that Americans will die in the future resisting power with violence. Which is unnecessary since, “We the people” have “the right…peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” (1st Amendment) And if those grievances are not properly addressed, “it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it (the government), and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.” (Declaration of Independence)

 

So arm yourselves with the truth, and a camera, and begin to peacefully resist, or non-comply with immoral power whenever you get the chance. May the Lord richly bless you all in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen

The Evangelical Libertarian