Part I: Rand & Rushdoony a Match Made in Hell


ron_paul_tin_foil_hat-256x300“…The long-term goal of Christians in politics should be to gain exclusive control over the franchise. Those who refuse to submit publicly to the eternal sanctions of God by submitting to His Church’s public marks of the covenant–baptism and holy communion–must be denied citizenship, just as they were in ancient Israel….” Gary North, Political Polytheism: The Myth of Pluralism (Tyler, TX: Institute for Christian Economics, 1989), p. 87.

Gary North is a former Congressional staffer to Ron Paul.   Dennis Prager is one of those individuals who is part of the problem.  It is all about raising a conservative child.  To do so, the parent must control every part of a child’s life, keeping them from the real world.

“...In a nutshell, American parents who hold traditional American values — such as belief in small government as the basis of liberty, in a God-based moral code, that American military strength is the greatest contributor to world peace and stability, or in American exceptionalism, not to mention in the man-woman definition of marriage or in the worth of a human fetus — are at war with almost every influence on their children’s lives. This includes, most importantly, the media and the schools. Here, then are some suggestions for raising a child with American, i.e., conservative, values. First, parents who are not left-wing need to understand that if they do not articulate their values on a regular basis, there is a good chance that after one year, let alone four, at college, their child will adopt left-wing views and values. Do not think for a moment that values are automatically transmitted. One hundred years ago they may have been — because the outside world overwhelmingly reaffirmed parents’ traditional values — but no longer….”

Dennis Prager
Dennis Prager

The object is to so control one’s child that they will never be able to comprehend how to tell right from wrong, or know what is going on in the real world.  Is there any difference with this and a cult?  In order to control the country, they must control the family.  This is the Rushdoony method, that he learned from the John Birch Society – you grow from the ground up.  His devoted followers, like Ron Paul, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz understand how important this is.

“...His travels for such engagements time-and-again reify one point: that when Sen. Ted Cruz stands, he’s more than happy to stand alongside extremists and on behalf of their agendas–the breaking of immigrant families, a hatred of the so-called “gay agenda,” a willingness to limit women’s freedom of choice and the civil rights of nearly all who offend his sense of kith and kin. Last October, for example, Sen. Cruz took the stage at the Values Voter Summit, the yearly conference of the far-Right Christian organization the Family Research Council (FRC). FRC is widely recognized for its virulently anti-LGBTQ and anti-choice mission. FRC goes further, couching its bigotry in the rhetorical notion that gays, liberals, feminists, Muslims, et al evil-doers are waging a world war against the freedoms of Christians. Here in America, that amounts to clandestine attacks on the Constitution, a document FRC believes to be bequeathed by God himself. Tony Perkins, head of FRC, has come under past criticism for speaking before meetings of the white supremacist Council of Conservative Citizens, a pro-segregationist group that openly refers to Blacks and African-Americans as “a retrograde species of humanity.” Sen. Cruz is scheduled to speak at this year’s Values Voter Summit, as well….”

Get Along Home
Get Along Home

Gary North, the libertarian who is writing Ron Paul’s home school curriculum thinks that disobedient children should be stoned to death.  Anyone who believes in democracy and liberty is guilty of heresy and shall be put to death.  A woman who lies about her virginity will be stoned to death, and so forth and so on.

“…Everyone talks about religious liberty, but no one believes it. So let us be blunt about it: we must use the doctrine of religious liberty to gain independence for Christian schools until we train up a generation of people who know that there is no religious neutrality, no neutral law, no neutral education, and no neutral civil government. Then they will get busy in constructing a Bible-based social, political, and religious order which finally denies the religious liberty of the enemies of God….” Gary North, 1982

The far right, libertarian, tea party, Christian Reconstructionist, John Birch, debacle is based on a weird intellectual merging of Ayn Rand and R. J. Rushdoony.  In an amazing essay about Rand, Michael Prescott nailed her.

“...Prescott’€™s essay goes into further discussion of Any Rand’€™s actual comments found in her journals–comments that lead you inside a mind of dark shadows, impossible mazes, circuitous rationalizations, and, ultimately I ha€™ve come to the conclusion: the mind of an insane sociopath.  What does that tell us about her influence on the conservative/libertarian world view?…”

This is a world where the United States as we know it will cease to exist.  It will be replaced by a Ron Paul, Howard Phillips, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Constitution Party vision of Heaven on Earth, or rather Hell on Earth.  Liberty which is their buzzword will cease to exist.  It cannot exist in Rushdoony’s world, where God speaks to the anointed few, and then they tell everyone else what God wants them to do.

This is where the merging of the two horrible creatures begins – with libertarian Christianity.

“…A complex mix of Austrian economic theory, Van Til-inspired ethics, and acrid prose, North’s study of biblical economics laid the foundation for a series of failed predictions regarding the imminent collapse of the federal government. Most notoriously, North predicted that the Y2K computer glitch would lead to the total collapse of the global economy, leaving Christians in the United States to pick up the pieces.24 North’s pessimism, unrelenting literary output, and hardboiled rhetoric eventually earned him the nickname “Scary Gary.”

“Scary’s” track record of failed predictions belies a neglected aspect of his theology. North, unlike Rushdoony, believes that the eternal human social institution is the Christian church. In the event of the catastrophic collapse of such transient institutions as the federal government, churches will step into the void left by its implosion. While this view of the emergent, decentralized church is consistent with North’s unique fusion of libertarianism and postmillenarian eschatology, it is sharply at odds with Rushdoony’s view. Rushdoony envisioned the church and family as two separate, exclusive spheres. For Rushdoony the family is the primary social unit while the church represents a limited ecclesiastical organization of believers in Christ. Conversely, North believed men owed their allegiances to a church first and the family second.

Like all aspects of Reconstructionist theology, these two perspectives have real-world consequences. When translated into theology, North’s focus on the future role of the church led him to embrace a more active political agenda. Long before North and Rushdoony publicly parted ways, North had already aggressively sought out political influence. In 1976 he worked in Washington, D.C. as a staffer for Texas Representative Ron Paul. After Paul’s defeat, North wrote a testy screed warning Christians that Washington was a cesspool that can’t be changed overnight.25 He turned his back on national politics and began developing practical tactics for churches to deploy at the grassroots level.26 Unlike Rushdoony who focused most of his attention on ideas, North explicitly worked to pull together disparate church groups, most notably reaching out to charismatic and Pentecostal congregations in the South in an effort to fuse Reconstructionism’s grassroots activism with committed congregations. When American society collapses under the combined weight of massive foreign debt, military overstretch, and internal decadence, North hopes to have a network of churches ready to step into the breech. In preparation, he has written book after book aimed at educating Christians on how to live debt free, avoid electronic surveillance, and develop the skills necessary for surviving economic collapse.27 In short, North’s version of Reconstructionism blazed a path for the militia and Christian survivalist groups of the 1990s to follow.

For all their tension, North and Rushdoony did agree on one point: the Kingdom of God would emerge over time. They disagreed on the conditions of this emergence. Rushdoony’s perspective was patient. He argued that over the course of thousands of years God’s grace would regenerate enough people so that a Kingdom of reconstructed men would willingly submit to the strictures of God’s law. North on the other hand constantly warned of impending disaster. At the moment of cataclysmic collapse, Godly men could suddenly step forward and rule. God’s law was therefore a blueprint for reestablishing social order following the collapse of the current secular system. Both men agreed that the invisible hand of God’s grace and not the top-down imposition of authority would guide the process. In theory, men will submit to God’s law voluntarily, leaving no place for a ruling body of theocratic clerics….”

This is the first of five parts.  Part II continues tomorrow.