I'm hoping to create a dialog between a Christian anarchist and a defender of liberalism. I simply can't imagine any good arguments in favor of liberalism, so if you can think of some, please email me. I have numbered the conversation so you can tell me which line you wish to contribute.
Christian Anarchism is the belief that we are to love our neighbors -- and even our enemies -- as Christ loved us. Christian Anarchists believe that Christ is the one True King, and all earthly kings are usurpers. God nowhere commanded men to form "the State." Everything the State does is a violation of God's Law.
Liberalism -- a.k.a "the Welfare State" -- is built on the foundation of taxation, that is, the forcible redistribution of income from those who are not liberals to those the liberals think should have more money. If there were no such program of taxation, there could be no liberal welfare state. It should be enough to show that a Christian cannot be a liberal by showing that taxation is a sin.
Everybody understands that if I came up to you and demanded your money, and threatened to lock you up in my basement for an extended period of time if you refused to give me what I wanted, I would be guilty of violating the Eighth Commandment ("Thou shalt not steal") and threatening to violate the Sixth Commandment (depriving you of your life or liberty if you don't cough up). Thus, everything the State does is financed by extortion.
Even if Jesus counseled you to pay up, turn the other cheek, or go the second mile, that would not change the character of my action. I would still be doing evil, even if Jesus said "Resist not evil" (Matthew 5:39). "Thou shalt not steal" means "taxation is theft" -- unless there is some extraordinary dispensation from God which allows men to call themselves "the State" and proceed to steal with impunity.
Christian anarchists believe there is no such divine dispensation.
|Anarchism from Genesis to Revelation|
The Christian Anarchist writes in this font
The Defender of Liberalism writes in this font.
|[Pay your taxes]||
|[People are sinners Politicians are not.]||
|[Knowing how to help]||
|[Liberalism undercuts Personal Responsibility]||
More Here: http://www.ncpa.org/studies/s187/s187.html Highlights:
Everyone from Ronald Reagan to Bill Clinton seems to agree. Our welfare system is a disaster. It's in desperate need of reform.
Currently, we are spending more than $350 billion a year on 79 means-tested federal welfare programs. That's more than we spend on national defense. Theoretically, we could take that money and give $8,939 to every poor person in America, or $35,756 to a family of four.
Since 1965 we have spent $5 trillion on the War on Poverty, measured in 1992 constant dollars. Yet the poverty rate is higher today than it was the year the War on Poverty began. How can we spend so much and achieve so little?
Why should we send our money to Washington, let bureaucrats suck off their cut, and delude ourselves into thinking that we are being "charitable" or "compassionate" when someone in poverty receives an impersonal, faceless welfare check?
Compassion comes from two Latin words meaning "to suffer with." Yet liberalism does not encourage taxpayers to be "with" the poor in any meaningful way.
The purpose of taxation is
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