"Wherefore We must interrupt a silence which it would be criminal to prolong, that We may point out...as they really are, men who are badly disguised." Pope St. Pius X, September 8, 1907, Pascendi Dominici Gregis


Thursday, March 30, 2017

Catholicism and Actual Anarchy

Instead of reading Freedom and the Law by Bruno Leoni, it would be shorter to listen to this recent Tom Woods podcast

http://tomwoods.com/ep-878-anarchism-in-ireland-the-history-nobody-knows/
 
about the legal system that prevailed in Ireland in the middle ages. This is a discussion of an actual historical example of the type of legal norms we have been advocating.
 
Notably, the Catholic faith was at the height of its power during the time of this "anarchic" legal system, while with the rise of the modern nation-state we have seen the demise of the Church. This has much to do with the state seeing itself as absolute and with the rise of secular rationalism having the apparent ideological justification to undermine any institution that competes with it for allegiance.
 
When the interviewee mentions Anglo 'common law' as part of the downfall of the former Irish legal system, he is referring as far as we can tell to ossified version of common law we have today that came into being with the rise of the absolute monarchy in Britain. The origin of common law is almost parallel to the Irish system he discusses, and Bruno Leoni's book makes this clear.
 
Also, when the interviewee broadly attributes the demise of the Irish legal system to the Vatican, I think he likely does so without a full or proper understanding of the Church.
 
Many modern natural law theorist remain unjustifiably anti-clerical, while much of the political thought in the Church remains overly dedicated to the absolute Catholic monarchies the Church supported with the rise of the modern nation-state, which is understandable given the context of the mortal threat posed by enemies of the Church such as Napoleon. However, the Church does herself a disservice in the modern age ignoring the fact that, as with the noble Pagans such as Aristotle, much of modern natural law theory has been most effectively carried forward by secular Jews such as Mises and Rothbard. There are a few Catholics such as Tom Woods, Lew Rockwell, et al that recognize this. Also, it is notable that the very school that embodies the most cogent natural law tradition, the Austrian school, was born in one of the most resolute absolute Catholic monarchies. Too many traditional Catholic intellectuals I think are stuck anachronistically in this particular time period, and do not realize that the Universal Church was much more robust under a decentralized, non-nation state political regime. When the leaders of the Church finally get their collective act together again it almost certainly will involve a return to a politics based more soundly on natural law and a bringing back together of the Church with the most recent advancements in natural law theory.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Contra Stefan Molyneux: Jesus is God

I admire Stefan Molyneux tremendously. His intellectual presence of mind in his videos is one I can only strive to emulate. Obviously, Stefan has faith that his reason can lead him to the truth. Strangely though, I'm not sure he realizes the full implication of this prerequisite nature of faith to truth.

In this video Stefan makes some astounding claims against faith in Jesus. I present the counter-arguments below, starting with my comment on his YouTube video.

Stefan is completely wrong on this particular point: Our Lord indeed desired His own death. This is clear from the text of the Bible, as well as ipso facto because He let it happen. The idea that God demanded His sacrifice to atone for the sins of mankind is simply the epitome of the metaphysical truth that all excellence, all virtue requires effort and a particular form of self-denial. Philosophers such as Stephan realize the virtuous life is not actually self-denial but a higher form of self-fulfillment. 'The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.' Discipline is necessary for man, and it was necessary for God-as-man.

The 'why have you forsaken me' is analogous to my brief hesitation and complaint of 'why do I have to do this' before I go ahead rip off the bandage firmly attached to my hairy leg, which I do, even though I don't want to in certain sense, because I know it is the least bad of all possible outcomes. It also makes explicit a higher truth for intelligent, but not omniscient beings such as ourselves that even though God exists - and who is more aware of this than Our Lord? - we as men will sometimes feel as though He does not. We will in fact feel that He has abandoned us in the moment even though upon full reflection on the matter we know He has not.

Stefan may claim that Our Lord, if He was God, must have been absolutely correct when He said He was abandoned. Yes, this accords with the reality long defended by Catholic tradition of Our Lord as both fully man and fully God. As a man, that is to say mere flesh, His mere flesh was abandoned; His body, His lower nature was abandoned to an ignominious death. As God, or spirit, or an entity that can and does perceive absolute truth, and is committed to living out that metaphysical truth regardless of the physical price He was not abandoned. Certainly, Our Lord also said 'I thirst' but this does not invalidate His divinity or indicate that God-qua-God can be thirsty (which He can't), just that God-qua-man can be.

Clearly, Stefan can understand this distinction. At 19:48 Stefan even points out that 'if we are dealing with a divine being, there is no difference between description and proscription.' Certainly true. Our Lord though spent His entire life dealing with non-divine beings, and even if it were possible for Him to take the infinite amount of time needed to describe and proscribe the entire universe in every little detail and situation, this was not something his audience would've been able to receive. God-as-God possesses all truth. God-as-man communicated it strategically and within limits.

To Stefan's second point, if Jesus was not God, yes it would be strange for Him to ask others to disassociate with everyone who disagrees with Him. As the Word Made Flesh, however, He is precisely the absolute moral standard which Stefan claims Our Lord did not provide as justification for such disassociation. I am almost surprised that Stefan wouldn't be aware that believers in God do indeed have a precise moral standard that we would judge others' behavior against before disassociating with them.

Thirdly, although the Bible is not a science textbook as Stefan seems to want and God may have many infinitely good reasons for not revealing certain advanced scientific truths at the time the Bible was written if necessary for man to progress according to God's plan, the Bible does indeed include references to advanced technological developments that while they seemed perhaps mythical to men of less technological days, seem entirely plausible today. The mark of the beast, mentioned in the Apocalypse, in which every man is required by a worldwide Satanic government to obtain a mark to buy or sell is not only scientifically possible with the advent of RFID and microchips, but there are actually Satanic politicians working to put in place such a system right now! What more evidence could Stefan want???

...to be continued.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The Oppressed, Their Oppressors, and Their Champions

In sorting through the piles of sociopolitical analyses these days, it can be difficult to pinpoint exactly which groups have the greatest claim on being oppressed. Not to worry, ActualAnarchy does the work for you, bringing your dialectical materialist analysis into the paradigm of reality.

WORKERS 

 

Yes, labor ranks among the most exploited groups today. Whether it's a tax system that, as arch-capitalist Robert Kiyosaki points out, favors all other types of activity over working from 9 to 5 for a salary with benefits or our monetary system that leaves employees high-and-dry, making it almost impossible to own anything affordably, it seems the laboring masses are destined in our freemasonic state-capitalist system never to rise out of their current predicament. Of course, it doesn't help that the media is working overdrive to ensure the Trump administration fails in lowering taxes on labor and increasing incentives to create jobs in the United States.

WOMEN

 

We now know that the feminist and other social movements of the 1960's were actually covert operations by the CIA to coax a little more than half the population that had until that time not done anything economically productive (that is, served the capitalist class) - gasp! - into becoming a productive arm of the freemasonic state-capitalist system. With their ultimate goal of replacing the working human population with a robot army and then killing off mankind, the introduction and popularization of abortion, non-monogamy and birth control had the simultaneous effects of limiting the size of and stunting the emotional growth of the human population (women no longer used their maternal instincts, their highest calling; children are now raised by uncaring third parties or even the state!) while simultaneously harnessing the power of women into the creation of the robot apparatus they will eventually be replaced with.

HOMOSEXUALS

 

The next step was to turn human sexuality, a natural God-given creative power, into the very means of social control. With women now functioning primarily as productive assets for the freemasonic state-capitalist masters, human sexuality could no longer be expressed as it always was between a man and women for the raising of children. The media depicts homosexuality as the new freedom, but it is actually the new slavery. A new outlet for man's sexual proclivities had to be opened since the normal one now threatened the social power structure. The media bombards us with images that reinforce the idea that sterile, abusive, and unnatural relations between members of the same sex is somehow our highest calling.

THE OPPRESSORS

 

SATAN

 

Don't believe in Lucifer? Hillary Clinton and Lady Gaga do. And they intend to channel his power until you've worked your entire adult life paying taxes to them and their tax-payer subsidized lifestyles, while you die miserably in convalescent home in your mid-50s from pancreatic cancer with the family you never raised surrounding you and not having enough capital accumulated to retire even if you were to recover.

FREEMASONS

 

Yes, they depict themselves as bearers of light and brotherhood, even fronting with charitable institutions such as the Shriner's hospitals. But as the French Revolution demonstrates, the only light they bear is the false light of the creature they worship, Satan.

"MAINSTREAM" MEDIA

 

If you gave your enemies free-reign over your mind to do with it whatever they please, you would end up with the working-class person who tired from their over-burdensome 9 to 5 comes home and opens their mind to the influence of the state-capitalists propaganda for the remained of their waking hours. You thought you could trust a media apparatus funded entirely by the state-capitalists that tax you, took your wife and children, and don't want you to be a capitalist?


THE CHAMPIONS OF THE OPPRESSED

 

JESUS CHRIST

 

"I am the way, the truth and the life. No man cometh to the Father, but by me." The true faith held by Western civilization for millennia and not any modern conception of Christianity is the philosophy of truth, able to liberate the oppressed from their oppressors. How do we know Jesus can be believed? He paid the highest price for his truth.


CATHOLIC CHURCH

 

There is no way to escape the fact that Christ founded the Catholic Church. No human institution is without corruption, but no human institution has done more for the oppressed against the oppressors than the Catholic Church. Founding the modern sciences, opening the first universities and hospitals, caring for the sick and dying during the worst pandemic in human history, speaking to the Stockholm syndrome-suffering oppressed who defend their oppressors, keeping rabid Wahabism out of Europe, being the only source of intellectual thought in a world overrun by barbarians, attempting to assassinate Hitler, creating the very notion of a living wage, ending child-sacrifice in Meso-America, these are only a few symptoms of Catholic culture. All the things you think the modern freemasonic state-capitalist gave us actually originated from the charity of the Catholic Church.

AUSTRIAN ECONOMISTS

 

Yes, even the modern, materialist, capitalist west, insofar as it provides us any good, finds its roots in the philosophical thought of the Spanish Scholastics (not Adam Smith!), who established the inner-workings of economics and how to maintain social justice among all classes of men. Instead of being trapped as a permanent member of the working-class, our fiat-credit system should be abolished enabling workers themselves to purchase their own entrance into the leisured class through capital accumulation.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Even In This Fallen World, Conservatives Rule


In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him: and without him was made nothing that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
Our Lord Jesus Christ, master of the universe, is the very logic, or natural law, or operating system of the created world. Indeed, as Thomas Aquinas demonstrates, it would be impossible for us to exist even in this present moment without God willing it so.

Because He is the way, the truth and the life, all order originates in Him. This order, or natural law as it is conceptualized, is the ultimate governing principle or government of the universe. All order is based on this natural law. Indeed, as philosophers such as Hans Hermann Hoppe point out, it is impossible even to speak or act without implicitly recognizing the natural order that allows one to do so.

Fundamental to this order though is free will. Thus, human beings can cooperate with God's plan for salvation and order, or, they have the radical option of rejecting it. Because God is true government, all those that cooperate with God and work to restore the order which others disrupt are conservative by their very nature.

It is true that free will allows for the possibility of a fallen world, such as ours. But this does not change the fundamental nature of God and His order. Just because certain souls have chosen to rebel against that order, the purpose of that order is not invalidated.
And God called the dry land, Earth; and the gathering together of the waters, he called Seas. And God saw that it was good.
 
Indeed, this world was made for the conservatives. Since now it is fallen, it is made for those who wish to prove their credentials to God. God's order has been violated. He respects our free will in doing so. Those who choose to remain faithful to God's order despite the costs of doing so, in turn justify the love of God who allows to continue in existence a world that has turned against Him.
Again the devil took him up into a very high mountain, and shewed him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them, And said to him: All these will I give thee, if falling down thou wilt adore me.
God's natural law has been violated, originally in the Garden of Eden by Eve, and then Adam, and now by millions daily. Man in his fallen nature fools himself believing that his government is greater than God's. Men are not wise enough to govern the things they set out to govern and are deluded by their own disordered lusts. The Austrian Economist Frederick Hayek has explained this in great detail as it applies to economics. This Fatal Conceit as he called it is no different than and finds its origin in Original Sin.

And so, as men overturn God's natural order, which is the order best suited for their self-actualization, men instead find themselves serving Satan, whose goal is the destruction of the human race.
And I saw a new heaven and a new earth. For the first heaven and the first earth was gone, and the sea is now no more.
But God's justice runs deeper. God can work His enemies best efforts into their own defeat. This fallen world will no longer do, but those conservatives who struggle to bring God's truth back into existence are helping secure their place in the New Jerusalem where God's natural order will not be violated and men will live to adore God's perfect order forever.

If that last phrase is meaningless to you, I encourage you to go to the middle of nowhere and look at the stars, or get lost pondering the beauty of the spontaneous social order God created as it is described in Human Action, or whatever activity in which you find it possible to seize a glimpse of the mind of God.

The truth is that the perfection of God's original order will one day be revealed to us, but we must live lives that open us to this possibility.
Behold I send you as sheep in the midst of wolves. Be ye therefore wise as serpents and simple as doves. 

Don't let the arrogance of the leftists get you down for even a second. That eternal optimism that was always the linchpin of true American culture is no less valid today. Americans must just realize that their optimism may not always be fulfilled in this life. Even if, as we see in the current occupant of the White House, sometimes it will be. And there is no optimism without God.
But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his justice, and all these things shall be added unto you.

In fact, if we live truly conservative lives, the worst thing the leftist thinks they can do to us is actually the best, killing us or making us suffer. Because in our persistence to do what is just even in the face of persecution, we become like our Lord.

There is nothing the leftists do that can change any of this.

This world belongs to you, conservative. Live in it, as Christ did, as if it does.
Go and reveal yourselves to be my cherished children. I am at your side and within you, provided that your faith is the light which shines upon you in these unhappy days. May your zeal make you famished for the glory and the honour of Jesus Christ. Fight, children of light, you, the few who can see. For now is the time of all times, the end of all ends.   - Our Lady of La Sallette

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

A Season of Reparation Begins

When the United States emerged as the lone superpower at the end of the Cold War, the powerful governmental apparatus built up to defeat the Soviet Union was hijacked. Politicians were not prepared to cede back to local institutions the excess power they had hastily relegated to themselves since the end of the Second World War. Our peace dividend was never fully paid.

No longer constrained by an equalizing force on the world stage and all too ready to use power to justify retaining it, US politicians fell prey to all sorts of special interests. Power remained concentrated in Washington. Eventually, well-connected think-tanks like the Project For A New American Century schemed a little too far, evening hastening "some catastrophic and catalyzing event – like a new Pearl Harbor."

Hopefully we can recall our recent history. The American people were distracted with two illusory economic booms, first in internet stocks and then in housing. Meanwhile, with criticism held at bay by 9-11, US politicians began the longest and most expensive military effort ever, surpassing in many ways even Vietnam and World War II. Concurrently, we experienced an explosion in growth of the surveillance state at home and with the end of the housing bubble, welfare dependency metrics hit unsustainable highs.

What ensued was the hideous cultural agenda of the Obama administration and wild assertions by the same that US institutions were now to play second fiddle to their international counterparts. Only the dimmest mind refused to recognize that we were headed on the road to a Satanic New World Order, long a dream of psychopathic leftists and ruthless financiers.

Actually, our President does a fine job of summarizing what came next in yesterday's address to Congress.
We've defended the borders of other nations, while leaving our own borders wide open, for anyone to cross -- and for drugs to pour in at a now unprecedented rate.
And we've spent trillions of dollars overseas, while our infrastructure at home has so badly crumbled.
Then, in 2016, the earth shifted beneath our feet. The rebellion started as a quiet protest, spoken by families of all colors and creeds --- families who just wanted a fair shot for their children, and a fair hearing for their concerns.
But then the quiet voices became a loud chorus -- as thousands of citizens now spoke out together, from cities small and large, all across our country.
Finally, the chorus became an earthquake -- and the people turned out by the tens of millions, and they were all united by one very simple, but crucial demand, that America must put its own citizens first ... because only then, can we truly MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN.
As above so below. The liturgical seasons of the Catholic Church are themselves a fractal representation of the larger eons of human existence. Today March 1, 2017 is Ash Wednesday, starting the Catholic season of reparation, an exact similitude of the immediate need for America and European nations to repair the damage of the previous decades and a God-given opportunity to do so.

Catholic theologians do not attribute to evil any power that it does not have. In fact, all that sin consists of is a lack, an absence of some due good. Something that should be there but is missing, this is sin. We are all painfully aware of the social consequences of sin. The good news is that God gives us the ability to share in His creative powers; we are able to make up in some way for our own faults and even in a limited way for the faults of others.

Giving something up for lent is not just some trite ritual. Austrian economics explains that capital, and properly allocated capital, is a necessity for human growth and flourishing. By giving up something unnecessary, we make room for the things that are necessary. And by giving up resources used for a lesser need, we free up resources to be used for a higher need.

Instead of wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, we should have built new ports, municipal water systems, and highways at home. Instead of eating meat and full meals today, we can use the money to buy a new book or spend the extra time praying. From Fisheaters.com:
We meditate on "The Four Last Things": Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell, and we also practice mortifications by "giving up something" that would be a sacrifice to do without. The sacrifice could be anything from desserts to television to the marital embrace, and it can entail, too, taking on something unpleasant that we'd normally avoid, for example, going out of one's way to do another's chores, performing "random acts of kindness," etc. A practice that might help some, especially small children, to think sacrificially is to make use of "Sacrifice Beads" in the same way that St. Thérèse of Lisieux did as a child.

Because of the focus on penance and reparation, it is traditional to make sure we go to Confession at least once during this Season to fulfill the precept of the Church that we go to Confession at least once a year, and receive the Eucharist at least once a year during Eastertide. A beautiful old custom associated with Lenten Confession is to, before going to see the priest, bow before each member of your household and to any you've sinned against, and say, "In the Name of Christ, forgive me if I've offended you." One responds with "God will forgive you." Done with an extensive examination of conscience and a sincere heart, this practice can be quite healing (also note that confessing sins to a priest is a Sacrament which remits mortal and venial sins; confessing sins to those you've offended is a sacramental which, like all sacramentals one piously takes advantage of, remits venial sins. Both are quite good for the soul!)

In addition to mortification and charity, seeing and living Lent as a forty day spiritual retreat is a good thing to do. Spiritual reading should be engaged in (over and above one's regular Lectio Divina). Maria von Trapp recommended "the Book of Jeremias and the works of Saints, such as The Ascent of Mount Carmel, by St. John of the Cross; The Introduction to a Devout Life, by St. Francis de Sales; The Story of a Soul, by St. Thérèse of Lisieux; The Spiritual Castle, by St. Teresa of Avila; the Soul of the Apostolate, by Abbot Chautard; the books of Abbot Marmion, and similar works."

As to prayer, praying the beautiful Seven Penitential Psalms (Psalms 6, 31, 37, 50, 101, 129, and 142) is a traditional practice. It is most traditional to pray all of these each day of Lent, but if time is an issue, you can pray them all on just the Fridays of Lent, or, because there are seven of them, and seven Fridays in Lent, you might want to consider praying one on each Friday. These Psalms, which include the Psalms "Miserére" and "De Profundis," are perfect expressions of contrition and prayers for mercy. So apt are these Psalms at expressing contrition that, as he lay dying in A.D. 430, St. Augustine asked that a monk write them in large letters near his bed so he could easily read them.