Unlike Islam, where the Caliph is the head of the Umma and all theology follows, or Hinduism, where the ruling caste are appointed for that turn in the cycle, Christianity is remarkably pragmatic when it comes to political systems.
We are told that God has appointed our rulers. And we should listen to their laws, apart for when they demand that we worship them. We should never worship emperors, or ideologies, or republics. It is sufficient to be loyal to your nation. And thus, libertarianism is fundamentally flawed, as is socialism, or fascism. All are too simple an explanation.
In my view the only reasonable answer to this question is: “Not possible and not for more than about 3 generations, on average”.
The first part of that answer has to do with the fundamental incompatibility between the libertarian ethic of individual as sovereign and the Christian ethic of God as sovereign. The second part of that answer has to do with the evidence on hand, which shows that every attempt to setup a Christian republic where people are left more or less free to live their lives in peace, has always ended quite badly, because of the fact that we are a flawed and broken creation.
The more “freethinking” takes on this question tend to be astonishingly inept and ignorant of what the Bible actually says. As usual, the Christian takes on the subject are far more educated, enlightened, and cogent – a society under Christian law, under the new and eternal Covenant sealed between Man and God by the perfect blood of Jesus Christ, would be more free than virtually any libertarian society imaginable.
That’s true – because ultimate sovereignty rests with God, not Man.
Didact’s Reach, edited.
Expect changes. Expect rapid changes, for the sense of legitimacy for governments is going. Voting is seen my many as a waste of time, because the people who count the votes cheat. If we can’t vote, there will be other methods used, and don’t think it cannot happen here. It has, and it could.
In the beginning I gave governments the benefit of the doubt, but no more. Apart from some notable exceptions, they were lethargic to act and then draconian when they finally did so. They did this in order to be seen to be doing something; to make up for their preceding poor performance; and under pressure from the usual mix of professional advocates, agitators, and karens.
Their lethargy in acting when the virus first became a threat pales into insignificance in comparison with their lethargy to roll back their own lockdown measures which have seen most nations on the planet reduced to a state that most likely gives Kim Phats pause for thought.
In four months’ time this virus will not even be mentioned on the news. Hopefully it will have been replaced by something more worthwhile. Such as multiple uprisings around the world to end the ongoing farce that is democracy.
What could happen? Firstly, the Karen is incomparable with the republic. I am not discussing democracy: the Romans knew untrammeled democracy ends with people voting monies for themselves. You need to have qualified voters for a sustainable society, where the members of the state contribute.
The Karen is an Anglo-Saxon creature. It does not exist in other cultures. I never met a single native Karen in the decade that I lived in Italy. Nor in the three years that I have resided in the Netherlands. These countries certainly boast women that sport short and unattractive haircuts. But the corresponding attitude, the unquenched thirst to speak to the manager, is entirely absent.
The ubiquity of the Karen in countries like Australia is prime evidence of why women need to be disenfranchised. Anglo-Saxon women are not able to handle any sort of power for the simple reason that Anglo-Saxon men do not have the skills to keep their women in check. It is not in their nature. Their cultural upbringing does not allow it in a manner that is acceptable in any social milieu.
There is also a lack of balance between the sexes in regards to what constitutes traditional roles. For example, the larger Italian family unit is still very much intact, which was a critical reason behind why the Chinese pox hit that nation so hard. In Italy to all appearances the men rule the roost. The reality is that the women rule the roost but it is behind the scenes. Thus the men enjoy the social allusion that they rule the roost.
This creates balance and a certain degree of harmony. The two sexes are able to get along with each other because the social rules are clearly defined for them from birth. The Karen is a creature that exists outside of any behavioral rules. That their behavior is not only entirely unmoderated but that they are rewarded for their anti-social practices is why Karens are so destructive. Left unchecked they will destroy everything around them as they desperately search for any type of boundary.
We need to bring back boundaries for women, and by we I mean men. A curtailing of their supposed rights in favor of their very real responsibilities is what is needed. Those that are still not able to function in a reasonable manner should be sent to convents or camps where they cannot do any more damage. The ludicrous notion that women should have the right to vote, let alone lead, must be abolished. Only thus may your precious democracy be saved.
This may seem harsh but the rise of the Karen Frankenstein has left us with no other option. The monster is only going to get worse and more numerous. The lockdown efforts have been nationwide examples of a Karen mentality in action. As are the rush of people to report on their neighbors for ‘breaking the rules’.
The other alternative is some form of autocracy. Either a King, or dictator, or cadre. You can have a monarchial republic, and you can have show elections, but in effect you have an aristocracy that have been appointed. The older monarchies noted that your King had your loyalty, and it was nothing to do with his qualities as a person: he had been drafted into that position. It was the role of the wise to advise him.
For those of Christ, either work. We want to be left alone, and allowed to preach the gospel and do good. Over regulation gets in the way. We can and will keep the laws, but we will warn when they are unwise.
For the Leviathan needs a nervous system, and that is not the enforcement regimen. Otherwise, it goes reptilian, and stupid.