We aren't winning - we are losing; and we never will start winning - so long as we expect change via participation in the instruments of our bureaucratic-totalitarian oppression; all that demonic-Democratic System of votes and committees...
Votes and committees are anti-Romantic, anti-Christian and intrinsically evil. Of course, Goodness comes only from people - not from systems - and Good people may be able to work-around and manipulate votes and committees in order to do Good* - but as soon as they start to assume that votes and committee decisions are, by their nature. authoritative over the individual - they will be doomed.
Once a system of Vs and Cs is in-place - then the individual is rendered structurally helpless; and can only change The System by participating in The System, which then strengthens The System.
If genuine and positive change is to come in The West; it will come from people rejecting the authority of votes and committees; and of recognising the individual as the only possible source of discernment and judgement - and authority.
No impersonal System can save us, all Systems will kill us - kill if not totally, then system will kill a part of us.
We see around us an actual collapse of the Goodness of Systems; the triumph of totalitarian bureaucracy; and we see this advocated, pushed and celebrated - more and bigger bureaucracy is wanted, a single all-pervasive Global bureaucracy - as the only possible way of attaining universal (hence inescapable) justice, equality, democracy, flourishing, health, education, freedom...!
All of this is rooted-in and flows-from impersonal System, in votes and committees. If you want to do something about stopping it, if you are serious about stopping it - you must, minimally, cease participating in votes and committees.
That's only a Start, of course - but it is the necessary beginning.
*To clarify: Voting and committees are also an evil within churches - evil both in effect and tendency. This evil may be compensated and overcome in the short-term by Good individuals; but the evil of V&C in churches (and elsewhere) can be seen to be long-term cumulative, by the bureaucratic attitude that they implicitly inculcate.
I couldn't agree more. Anyone who thinks they can change the system from within the system is deluding themselves. They will just become part of the system.
I completely agree. You cannot serve two masters. Everyone who looks to government to solve their problems inevitably neglects the real spiritual and physical solutions. I didn't vote in the recent U.S. election cycle.
What is key (and which refusing to participate in the decision process makes easier), is that we declare boldly the essential illegitimacy of the System.
To drop out quietly is nothing more than the apathy which the ruling elite really desire for the masses.
Silence is consent.
Don't give it to them.
@CCL - I don't agree - in the sense that reality is not silent; and public discourse does not define reality. What is vital is what we think and do, our true motivations. Good acts will be misrepresented, or excluded from public discourse - and that cannot be helped. But Good cannot be excluded from universal reality. We can ignore 'making statements', making a noise - If we just *Do* Good, it will count, is eternal and ineradicable.
The legal principle (phrased variously) does not apply where the ability to speak is clearly absent, especially when it is apparently suppressed by the actions of those whose actions would require consent.
But no alternative legal principle is generally possible in actual practice.
Then let us repent of our whirligig fancies and rest on utter Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and him crucified – even if it means us with him. Only such faith bears God's sovereign authority.
"And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, 'All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.'"
– Matthew 28:18
(That's, "ALL authority…")
See also Galatians 5:24; 1 Corinthians 1:20-25
Dr. Charlton, have you ever read anything by Albert Nock? He's called a libertarian today, but as things are that is probably slander. His book Our Enemy, the State has a similar message to your post, although rather than claiming the individual must reclaim sovereignty, he identifies the human community as the thing which has been enfeebled by our ongoing subjugation.
No, I haven't come across him.
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