Tom Woods wrote in Nullification: How To Resist Federal Tyranny In The 21st Century that the reason nullification as a doctrine is not embraced by the population at large is because, “The answer, I am convinced, lies in the widespread and deeply held preconceptions we have absorbed from our earliest years in school.”1 Woods is spot on. This issue is education. This means that in order to understand how to fix our legacy moving forward, we must radically change our lifestyles. We cannot help our brothers and sisters until we get ourselves and our homes in order. I have written about the burden of this radical change in a previous article.
The schools themselves are almost entirely the problem. I don’t say that lightly. Public Schools have completely homogenized our local communities into little centers that train future statists. What greatly shocks me is how readily Christians unconsciously place their children into the care of complete strangers to teach them a worldview completely contrary than their own. It shocks me that Christians think nothing of the fact that their children are daily made to chant a nationalistic creed that lies about the nature of our Republic (mainly, that we should give the Republic our undying loyalty and that this same Republic is impossible to divide). It changes them over the course of years. That’s purposefully done as well. Entire books have been written about how Public Schools are designed to sap all creative license and individuality from your children, to make education as horrifyingly boring as possible, to divorce the children from their true educators (their parents), and to instill in the children a culture of statism completely foreign to anything they would have learned organically in their own homes (see here, here, and here, for example, among others!). In short schools are built completely to destabilize localism and solidify centralized power, and they begin with the smallest and most impressionable in society: children. Your children.
Most Christians have been led to believe that even something as damaging as public schooling is left to the “liberty” they have in Christ. That’s a debate for another day. I’m here to simply testify to what most of us already know: the schools have created the culture in which we find ourselves living, and the Christians, wholesale, went along with the transition from family education to state education. They did this largely to substitute one income—only dad working—with two incomes.
A culture of Permit Pattys and BBQ Beckys is the fruit of citizens who are raised to ask their teachers if they can be excused to the bathroom: always needing permission (a permit) to do anything and making sure everyone has permission as well from some authority figure. If this describes you, maybe you would make a good neighborhood snoop, euphemistically being called a “Code Ranger.” Local authorities are looking for them.
Our culture also has deep-seated tribalism that finds its roots in the barbaric social order nurtured from Grade School, Middle Schools, and High Schools. This kind of hyper-tribalism only develops when children are forced into collectivist groups with no way to leave or opt out. Lord of the Flies comes to mind, but I might argue that schools are more dangerous than the original setting of Golding’s book. Suicide is skyrocketing in Schools, and it’s so bad that even my local school district is having to create a suicide task force made up of entirely students who can be deployed at a moment’s notice to help those attempting it.
Tribalism: Jocks, Goths, Skaters, Punks, Preps, and so forth. You know the drill: where you are laughed at for the way you dress, and that’s if you even had a school that didn’t homogenize your clothing. Those that have uniformity in clothing reminds me of the military or prison. Or a cult—where you are shamed for intelligence or original thought. This guarantees that your children will reject anything about them that is unique and different, and instead, in a desperate effort to conform to the norms around them as if survival depended on it, they will begin to embrace a collectivist mentality and in turn themselves shame anyone unique or different. This is the acorn of “Identity Politics.” I was the kid who made fun of the geeks and freaks. I was also on Adderall (Ritalin) from Kindergarten until I was 16. I’m the child you read about in studies about the drug epidemic among children. I am a prime example of why I don’t put my children into the public system. All of this tribalism in our “adult” culture is little more than blowback from the hyper-tribalism we had to survive through as kids. Identity Politics started in those buildings, and apparently makes up a core of how people relate as adults even in later life. It is not just a problem of the extreme left and the “snowflakes,” it is the sin nature of human beings magnified in a corrupt environment and system.
While we may be tempted look to our neighbors for help, we have to start in our own home. Most aren’t even interested in having their own children in the home. You have to change that. Now. Get your children back into the home and away from the State. In fact, your children should have little to no interaction whatsoever with the state as it pertains to education. You, by God’s own decree (Deut. 6; Eph. 6), are the educator, and in today’s modern world you have no excuses for why you are not capable to educate your child. If you need financial help or assistance, go to your church and plead for their help. It’s time the Church begins openly campaigning that it will help any and all parents who choose to pull their children out of the schools, including financially. If your church is not already aiding private and home education, let it hear an outcry of demand from the people. Let the carpet in the building go if it means children in the congregation get the protection they so desperately need. If parents even hope to stand a chance to create a beautiful family culture, they cannot allow another culture to hinder them. The public schools make no bones about it: they will not mingle their Secular Evolutionary Worldview with that of Christianity. They have greater convictions about their false worldview than most Christians do about the Truth. Remember, no one is neutral to Christ.
The Gospel Lived Out
We cannot help another person, family or community until we first have the solution for what ails them. Here is where we get into the meat. Yes, our culture needs Christ. Every culture needs Christ at a personal, family, church, and state level. All of these places need Christ as Lord. They must renew their minds according to His Word, then they must implement what they have read.
Changing our culture from ground zero will not come overnight, will not be easy, and will take sacrifice all around. We who are repairing our culture have even more work to do to reverse what the previous culture implemented via laziness. It’s easier for us to sit still and continue the damage than to get up and bleed and sweat against the mainstream for a productive future. Tyrants, especially in Republics, love a lazy and hopeless populace. They are easy to control and stomp on.
So now you must grow. Everyday. Every second you are awake you must be challenging yourself physically, mentally and spiritually. You must read. You must write. You must engage. You must be present in your home. You have to begin teaching your children strong individualism. We must teach our children that their individualism is not tied to their race or nation. Instead we are co-heirs with Christ and our individualism is one that is tied to our responsibilities to God, ourselves, our families, our communities, our churches, as well as our government. The state schools teach only loyalty to the State; we must actively teach the opposite of that. Heck, make a family creed if you like, and have your children recite that as their “Pledge,” if you must. Have a family crest made. Bring back loyalty to family, and the faith first and foremost. Either way, Christians must now actively create unique cultures in their homes that when their children grow into adults they will yearn to create that same environment for our grandchildren. We must create something that doesn’t merely survive but something that others are envious to create themselves. Then imagine yourself coming along and how you, coupled with your children, will raise your grandchildren in a whole new culture with multi-family, multi-generational roots. And so on. You see how this gets better.
Start with yourself, you then move to the family. Then from your family and its culture, invite others into the fold and make yourself and your culture vulnerable to their scrutiny without compromising. Christianity is cultural, and when practiced in its full capacity it is superior to all other cultures. The sad thing is seeing Christians so devoid of their own cultural power that the only way they could get the world to follow is to implement it via force through the state. This is not Christianity at all, but a humanistic power philosophy masquerading as Christianity. It’s a counterfeit and smells of desperation. It’s playing according to a fallen idea of success—mainly, that success comes via force and coercion. This only goes to show that most Christians have been discipled well by their Socialist teachers in a Socialist system. This ensures that even if Christians can put “the right people” into office, they will have done nothing to limit the power of that office, and eventually their opponents will come full circle and regain the power that the Christians should have destroyed when they had the chance. Think of Frodo in Mount Doom. It’s time to throw the ring into the fire.
The lust for power in the hyper-tribalism known as public education has completely morphed our culture. It started when children were locked in rooms for eight hours a day with only one adult—a carefully trained adult with a particular agenda. From there, the children begin to replicate that top-down culture for themselves, apart from their parent’s supervision. That childish culture has bled into all areas of life.
Education is where we begin. We can’t begin the process of restoring sanity to our culture until this is fixed almost universally among Christians. This could take 200 years, or 18 months if God gives revival. It is my goal to see, one day, that Christians in general—not just a minority of homeschoolers among them—are known as the odd religious types, as a whole, who refuse to put their children in Public Schools. From there our culture will not be syncretized with Socialist sympathies that further embed the Socialism we claim to hate, not to mention our children abandoning the faith altogether because of the eight hours of indoctrination to which their parents subjected them. Instead, we will be a fresh new community—one that is a striking difference from the world’s, one that is not reliant upon an authority figure for every decision we make. We just may become an organic community of Christians who constantly move to action, who bring the Gospel into conflict with the culture, who show compassion and boldly lead the charge in the intellectual realm as opposed to riding the coattails of pagans. When this happens, I believe the true persecution will begin, as Christians will be deemed extremely dangerous to the stability of the socialistic state.
Ours is a full-orbed worldview. We need to stop just saying it and start believing it, and demand other Christians believe it, too. You will know you believe it when it moves you to action instead of mere words. Our Christian culture is dead because our faith is dead. This is our Ezekiel moment in the dry desert:
The hand of the Lord was upon me, and he brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of the valley; it was full of bones. And he led me around among them, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley, and behold, they were very dry. And he said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord God, you know.” Then he said to me, “Prophesy over these bones, and say to them, O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord God to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. And I will lay sinews upon you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live, and you shall know that I am the Lord” (Ezek. 37:1–6).
- Nullification: How To Resist Federal Tyranny In The 21st Century, 115.(↩)