Posts Tagged: statism

De Tocqueville: “only those who do not know” speak ill of Localism
Jul 8, 2014
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I am about to begin a moderate project on Alexis de Tocqueville’s classic work Democracy in America (1835, 1840). You should find his insights into the damaging effects of centralized government and the advantages of decentralization for freedom inspiring. You will also find it enlightening to the degree he once observed the latter as a […]
Lutherans cry out against the state: too late?
Apr 8, 2014
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I was pleasantly surprised to see the President of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS), in his official capacity, publish an overt outcry against statism on his church’s blog. The article, “Tired of Hobby Lobby?,” warned Lutherans not to be weary of this important battle: our country was founded on inalienable rights, including freedom of […]
Wards of the state: comments on the Justina Pelletier affair
Feb 25, 2014
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The latest fashionable (and for good reason) outrage among conservatives is the state of Massachusetts’s kidnapping of 14- (now 15-) year-old Justina Pelletier from her parents in highly, if not obviously, dubious circumstances. After a year of wrangling with courts after an initial diagnostic coup by a young hot-shot med-school grad and the subsequent initial […]
The godless state and the road to serfdom (1 Samuel 8:9–22)
May 2, 2013
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“Now then, obey their voice; only you shall solemnly warn them and show them the ways of the king who shall reign over them” (1 Samuel 8: 9) We have covered the account of the Hebrew elders demanding a king of Samuel. We discussed the causes and tactics behind that demand which God Himself deemed a […]
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It’s time for radical long-run optimism
Nov 29, 2012
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On the heels of a defeat for Republicans and the re-election of one of the most radical, leftist presidents in American history, conservative columnists spewed mainly confusion and despair. One of the most insightful articles I’ve seen suggested that such hopelessness in itself has played a large part in the vicious cycle of creeping statism […]
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Russia and the Gospel: Challenging the Strong Man
Feb 22, 2012
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“I have conquered an empire but I haven’t been able to conquer myself.” Thus said shortly before his death Peter the Great, the ruler of the Russian Empire from 1682 till 1725. There were good reasons why he said that. The man who controlled the destinies of millions of people couldn’t control his own epileptic […]