The idea of eliminating all political systems is met with alarm, even by "tax-protesting" "Christian Patriots." In their crusade against "commerce," they have demonized the Lex Mercatoria, or Law Merchant.
The Law Merchant was a system of non-political, voluntary arbitration of commercial disputes which existed in the Middle Ages. It is evidence that a global obedience to I Corinthians 6 is possible. This book examines the history of commerce before the rise of nation-states and shows that decentralized, patriarchal societies can more efficiently and peacefully carry out the Dominion Mandate (Genesis 1:26-28) than a world dominated by "archist" structures such as the State.
Date: August 09, 2000 12:13 AM
Author: Anarcho-Kev (Kevin4VFT@vftonline.org)
Subject: Medieval Anarcho-Capitalism
This post answers questions about non-lethal sanctions. It suggests that sanctions such as restitution in commercial settings can be imposed fairly without "the State."
I wrote this paper in 1985. I've thrown in a few new links. I plagiarized the whole concept from a chapter called "Voluntary Justice," in a small book published by Arlington House, William C. Wooldridge, Uncle Sam the Monopoly Man, 1970. I padded the basic structure with a few law review articles. Later, the whole concept was picked up by Bruce Benson, and an entire book was written on "Justice without the State" -- The Enterprise of Law, Pacific Research Institute, 1990. This is a tremendous book.
The Law Merchant and The Ministry of Reconciliation
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5. See the essay, "Unlucky 13, &c.," which follows the outline mentioned in note 4.
6. ". . . as well as our own." Westminster Larger Catechism, Q. 141.
7. Number One best-seller by Robert J. Ringer, New York: Fawcett Crest Books, 1977.
8. Subtitled , "A New Concept of Egoism," by Ayn Rand, New York: Signet Books, 1964.
9. See Volume V of the PATRIARCHY series, as well as the Vine & Fig Tree Studyletter, THE DEBT PAPERS.
10. Powell, Raphael, "Good Faith in Contracts," 9 Current Legal Problems 16 (1956); Holmes, Eric M., "A Contextual Study of Commercial Good Faith: Good Faith Disclosure in Contract Formation," 39 University of Pittsburgh Law Review 381 (1978).
11. Ours is a Theonomic defintion of "faith": "By this faith, a Christian believeth to be true whatsoever is revealed in the Word, for the authority of God Himself speaking therein; and acteth differently upon that which each particular passage thereof containeth; yielding obedience to the commands, trembling at the threatenings, and embracing the promises of God for this life, and that which is to come." (Westminster Confession of Faith, "Of Saving Faith," XIV:ii.
12. Matthew 5:39-42.
13. WLC Qq. 131-132; Philp. 2:3-4; Romans 12:10; Eph. 5:21.
14. "By it (repentance), a sinner . . . so grieves for, and hates his sins, as to turn from them all unto God, purposing and endeavoring to walk with Him in all the ways of his Commandments." WCF, "Of Repentance Unto Life," XV:ii.
15. Exodus 22:1-17; Luke 19:8-9.
16. See our essay, "The Legal Pimp," attached to this proposal.
17. See the exposition of the Eighth Commandment in The Larger Catechism, Q.141.
18. Jethro K. Lieberman, New York: Basic Books, (1981).
19. Deuteronomy 28:1-14; see Ray R. Sutton, That You May Prosper: Dominion By Covenant, Tyler, TX: Institute for Christian Economics, (1987).
20. Gary North, Unconditional Surrender, Tyler, TX: Geneva Press, (1981), p. 130.
21. Genesis 18:19; 26:5; Proverbs 1:3; Jeremiah 22:15-16.
22. 2 Corinthians 5:18-19; Matthew 23:23; John 16:7-11.
23. Romans 12:17-21; I Samuel 8:7; 10:19; 12:17; Deut. 28:15-68; Matt. 26:52.
24. See the extract from the essay, "Angels and God's Throne of Government," attached to this proposal.
25. Hundreds of similar cases are recorded in the publications of the Seldon Society, Select Cases Concerning the Law Merchant, 3 vols., 1908, 1930, 1932.
26. S. Todd Lowry, "Lord Mansfield and the Law Merchant: Law and Economics in the Eighteenth Century," 7 Journal of Economic Issues 605 (1973). Bernardo M. Cremades and Steven L. Plehn add, "As the modern nation-state developed during the sixteenth century, rulers of sovereign states began to regard the autonomous Lex Mercatoria as an external threat to internal cohesiveness." ("The New Lex Mercatoria and the Harmonization of the Laws of International Commercial Transactions," 2 Boston University International Law Journal 317, 319 (1984).
27. William C. Wooldridge, "Voluntary Justice," in Uncle Sam the Monopoly Man, 1970, p. 99.
28. See Samuel Rosenbaum's note in A Report on Commercial Arbitration, (American Judicature Society, Oct. 1916).
29. Wooldridge, p. 101.
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