Prophetic Economics 06

We are the shepherd society. We operate on biblical feudal justice.

You are your brother’s keeper, but be aware of who your brother is and in what sense. In fundamental moral terms, you cannot call a brother someone who rejects the bonds of family. Your family is anyone who shares a heart-led orientation; your closest family are those who share your moral dominion. Stop accepting responsibility for people who won’t share your covering.

The world is not your family. You can be kind to anyone and give whatever God has placed in your hands for strangers in need. Do not give strangers your seed corn. It’s up to you to decide what those symbolic images cover in real terms, but don’t let anyone — especially people who aren’t heart-led — try to saddle you with guilt and false responsibility for people who don’t share your faith. If you don’t differentiate, you insult God.

People who refuse the conviction-led moral path to justice will reap the whirlwind. There is nothing you can do for them. You cannot force God to bless them, and you cannot force them to stand under His covering. Discern and distinguish; keep some distance from those on the road to hell. Call out to them when it’s appropriate, but don’t join them.

The globalists are already receiving God’s wrath. Their situation will get worse until their agenda is dead. God alone knows what will happen to the leftists they have been using as foot soldiers all these years. However, we should expect their false religion to reach a fever pitch before it comes crashing down. Don’t take any crap from them, even as you show the shepherd’s empathy for their sorrows. The wounds are self-inflicted.

The imperialists will fall sometime later. US military power is hollow from within as profit-taking has produced a mass of worthless weapons; training has been blunted by political correctness. It was never that good in the first place — I can assure you, as I was there twice. It worked well enough with people of decent morals and good sense, but that all belonged to a previous era. Military training philosophy is obsolete and no one that matters has noticed. God will allow our military to fail more and more in coming days.

Your greatest blessing is in decentralizing and reducing dependencies on anything that isn’t God or from God. He has promised to prosper us in the midst of chaos if we will just obey Him from the heart. Your starting point is to be utterly certain where He wants you to serve. A major element in His mission for us includes infiltration, so don’t hesitate to get involved in something you know will eventually fail. He calls us to places where we can glorify Him, where we can find His favor. It’s all about your personal victory over your own fallen nature, not how you succeed as humans measure such things.

In every situation, live the glory of God.

Prophetic Economics 05

The ultimate failure of the left was the insistence that everything about humans is mere conditioning; it’s all cultural artifact. So the solution to every moral evil is a matter of hammering on the culture until it changes. In other words, they start by denying the Fall. Their entire foundation denies God and substitutes a deity of their own imagining. Their moral perspective is a blasphemous delusion, and it cannot possibly work for very long. When you ignore reality, things will stretch only just so far before it all snaps back into place. That image of “snapping back into place” is one edge of the sword of God’s wrath on sin.

The only advantage on the right is that their worldview does embrace the Fall. Indeed, the right is shot through with varying degrees of belief that being self-centered is perfectly normal. Their major flaw is in rejecting the demands of redemption. In particular, they push such demands off into “personal religion” and allow precious little application of that religion to speak to their fundamental assumptions. People are generally bad, so get used to it and let’s make ourselves materially comfortable.

And this naturally means exploiting human moral weakness for profit. Not just taking advantage of it, but encouraging it. There is no such thing as “vice” except as a term of relative personal discomfort with natural human behavior. To the degree that this approach is somewhat closer to reality, it is more durable and effective. There is a Holy Cynicism, but this lesser cynicism is close enough to work well when few are aware of the difference. This is what calls for the other edge of God’s sword of wrath, where He gets more directly and assertively involved in punishing sin.

Meanwhile, the right-wing political spectrum is less easily united and controlled. Here in the US, it has coalesced into the mainstream who are easily steered, and there remains a very large group who think for themselves, giving rise to a wide variety of philosophical approaches that share the common theme of liberty, along with a presumption of nationalism, in which one’s idea of “nation” may vary from another’s. Given the massive noisy onslaught from the left, the differences among the nationalists isn’t enough to cause trouble. They have the fellowship of shared persecution.

The right-wing was quicker to adopt the Internet, and are more likely to get involved in the underlying protocols. Not so much to the degree of uber-geeks, but they have a good working knowledge of it. It’s a part of the DIY ethic burned into nationalism versus the leftist habit of hiring experts and giving them orders without dirtying their own hands. The political right has always been more technology savvy because it’s part of their willingness to get their hands dirty. Because of this the right has been more productive and profitable in ways that survive economic tough times. Thus, not is right-wing political activity generally cheaper, but typically pays its own way.

But same as the left, the political leadership of the right isn’t really nationalist — it’s imperialist. The difference is not always that obvious since there is a lot overlap in practice. Politicians are typically some of both, and most of them are willing to take the money because there is no real pressure to squelch that self-indulgence. To all appearances, globalists outnumber the imperialists, but the imperialists get more done with their constituency. Meanwhile, the actual projects of both globalists and imperialists are often shared, but without the imperialists and right-wing productivity, the left would have been broke long ago. If the left were to ever succeed at their whole agenda, we would all starve. Their globalist leadership seems intent on that very thing, hoping they can somehow make us like being slaves. In this, they are allies to the imperialists.

The flaw in this plan was the Internet. There have always been nationalists who resented the secrecy and dominance of the imperialist leadership on the social right, but their rascally individualism prevented effective cooperation amongst themselves. That is, it was a hindrance until the Internet made it so very easy for them to find more common cause. There has been a subtle cultural shift; the prickly individualism of meat-space nationalism has given way to a more cooperative awareness that they were all in this together. They learned to make common cause for as the path to their individual liberties. It was not entirely conscious, which is why it caught everyone off guard when someone who spoke their language got elected as POTUS.

Prophetic Economics 04

The Internet connects humans across the world like nothing before. At the same time, it inserts itself as an alternate reality between everyone. People haven’t changed and the communication does enable us to recognize each other as real people, but it doesn’t require us to do so. Instead, it makes it all too easy to dehumanize each other for those so inclined. But it does rip away the past dehumanizing that allowed tyrants to ignore our unique differences. The Internet is a place where everyone is ostensibly equal in power, and only those who truly absorb it’s nature can gain any advantage.

But that advantage is an extra layer, as it were. Most Internet users simply fail to notice that extra layer because it does not demand their attention. The extra layer is that collection of protocols and conventions that make the system work rather transparently. Having a good acquaintance with the underlying system is the path to power on the Internet. It reduces Social Science to a much narrower field of study for those intent on taking advantage of the situation. The options for human interaction are divided between what actually comes across the Net on the one hand, and what the average users infer — accurately or not — on the other hand. Most people bring their meat space habits into the virtual world and fill in the blanks with their imaginations. Those who push that aside and study what actually comes through the wires aren’t distracted by such things.

While the Internet forces everyone to treat each other ostensibly as equals in some ways, so that unique individual demands are appropriate, the protocols also take away any hope of privacy. Most people by instinct tend to avoid taking advantage of the lack of privacy, but there’s almost nothing at all preventing a virtual Peeping Tom from seeing everything you send across the wires. The privacy instinct does not translate well into the habit of encryption. Encryption that works is cumbersome; encryption that is automatic seldom does much good. The arms race between encryption and code-cracking offers precious little advantage to those who don’t put serious effort into hiding. In very practical terms, it’s almost not worth the effort unless you actively keep abreast of the technology. Most people don’t and won’t. The majority of users leave themselves exposed, relying on social protocols from meat space.

This plays into the hands of marketers who have embraced the technology of networking. If the Internet is a vast population of unique individuals, then advertising means tracking as many of them as possible and turning them into individual algorithms to exploit. While it is entirely dehumanizing, it also happens to work well enough that advertising technology companies are forging ahead with their own technology advances.

On the one hand, the mainstream of government has been the last part of human society to embrace all of this shift into the networked world. On the other hand, certain select agencies within governments have pretty much kept pace and gained advantages thereby. Keep in mind that large government bureaucracies are collections of competing agencies, and each is always seeking its own survival advantage. Bureaucracy dehumanizes both the insiders and their victims. The Internet was created by a government bureaucracy, and those agencies that embraced the technology have gained a long term advantage, having become almost their own governments within a broader bureaucracy.

But the advantage is slipping because more and more of the rest of the government has become aware, if for no other reason than that major figures themselves have experience with using the technology commercially. They show up first in appointed positions, whereas elected officials are the last bastion of resistance to technology. Still, the bridge is there and government figures are crossing it. There is a further bridging as government agencies tend to use contracted corporations to supplement their networking activities, so that the barrier between public government and private commerce is almost gone. While the agencies born to the Internet are striving to keep their advantages, the rest of government is catching up quickly on one major area: merging marketing technology into political manipulation.

This is not being implemented cleanly and firmly, so the result is yet another horrible boondoggle, which is nothing new with bureaucratic government. Part of the problem is that those with the most hard driving partisan agenda rests with the elected officials who seldom have any real clue how it all works. We haven’t seen too many ambitious politicians who were also tech savvy. For now, those who are most tech savvy have avoided the spotlight, which means avoiding the kind of exposure that comes with getting elected. That is likely to change when the current Old Guard dies off.

The virtual certainty of major upheaval will accelerate the process, though. What we see coming toward us is nothing less than the end of one civilization as another rises. This change won’t offer a clear line of departure, and it’s already in progress. However, the radical degree of change will come in relatively short time simply because the kind of mass human perceptual shift that causes such a thing is now facilitated by global instantaneous communications. That has never existed until the past few years; it’s a totally new factor in human existence on the planet.

For once, the end of a civilization will not be the direct result of war. Instead, it will spawn conflicts all over the world, but they will be more a symptom than a cause of this civilizational shift. This is part of why the economy will not simply halt and require starting from scratch. The global economic exchange of goods and services has been under way for quite some time, despite national borders, and has been routing around the global credit system already.

The primary failure of the globalist agenda is that it grew out of older technology and refused to adapt to the new. The Internet is global and borderless, but globalism as a political agenda blindly chugs along on its dead end track that assumes the necessity of physical force to unite humanity under an oppressive smother-mother government. All that love, peace and flowers is a facade. And globalism has maintained a stranglehold on leftist politics and the Democratic Party in the US. This is why we should look for that whole Progressive thing to break down before our eyes. Maybe not right away, and it’s just possible someone or some small group can rescue it in the final hours, but this seems increasingly improbable. The wound is fatal.

What’s left is some select elements of the Progressive identity that have already been adopted by the first networked generation. The classical “left” is done.

Prophetic Economics 03

We can already see the bleeding of profits from major entertainment and broadcast corporations. Part of that is simply the turnover in technology, and how the new is embraced by the newer generations of consumers. Print is nearly dead, TV is dying (cable in particular), and Hollywood is barely hanging on. They aren’t going away, but are simply not that profitable any more. Meanwhile, the technology to provide entertainment on-demand to individuals is all the rage. Further, we see that decentralized production of the content is taking a strong hold, and the old centralized dinosaurs are stumbling. We are already in the age of the Indie entertainer.

You would naturally expect the political left to seek their previous advantage by infiltrating this new Internet driven entertainment. To some degree it has worked, most notably in the larger technology companies. However, it’s not hard to see that, in America at least, advertising revenues in that sector of the economy are declining because they are too much a part of the old broadcast technology. Have you noticed that Facebook has already taken membership losses in the US? So far, a few giants have proven nimble in finding ways to stay relevant and profitable in the market. However, many are at risk and a few are already gone and forgotten.

On the one hand, it seems that there is no way to assert the left-leaning message without alienating users. It’s way too easy for some disgruntled executive or entrepreneur to fire up a competing service that simply doesn’t respond to leftist pressure. This siphons off a major portion of the most active users from the older, bigger services. While this may make the remaining community of left-leaning users happy, how can the political leadership keep up the leftward pressure on the rest of society if their targets move off the services they control?

This is something that politicians still don’t get: The Internet is not like meat space. Even Biblical Law is not the same for the Internet. Man remains a fallen creature, but virtual space has its own different reality, and the basic assumptions behind Biblical Law forcefully manifest themselves because Western social mythology fails on the Net. It is not possible to overwhelm the public discussion on the Net as with public broadcast in meat space. And people on the Net manifest their tribal and nationalist wiring more forcefully than ever.

So not only is the political left running out of financial support, but their whole game of influence is undermined by the way social discourse now takes place in virtual space. But marketing is where it showed up first, and that has radically changed. The Internet thrives on offering a million minor tweaks in the product simply because it is now possible. Consumers have always wanted it, but could never so much as request it in a mass-produced world. The Internet gives everyone an equal voice in stating their desires. It showed up first in entertainment content, making Indie artists possible — writing (including news and commentary), film and visual arts, as well as music and gaming. Any homeless waif who gets his hands on a decent used laptop can find the software and work out how to offer fairly advanced content for an untapped niche market. Technology has also increasingly democratized and commoditized production in ways that make catering to every imaginable taste in physical objects possible. That business of 3D printing is just getting started. (I’ve been trying to do that with religion, as well.)

This is a case where technology, and then economics, leads the cultural shift. We have just begun seeing how this will affect politics. The tolerance for business-as-usual is long gone. Give the Networked Generation a little more time and they will come up with their own radically new ways of doing government. Despite the many desperate efforts to tap into social media for the old political stuff, the vast majority of those now having grown up on the Internet are scarcely paying attention any more. The new political rally is the come-n-go affair on forums and chat services. I am convinced that we are on the verge of explosive changes in how this plays out in meat space.

Every part of the old order is on the chopping block.

Prophetic Economics 02

The impending failure of the credit system will hit without warning. That is, the folks who are in control of this are doing their best to protect their own assets. They won’t shed a tear for you and I. What complicates matters is that there is a good bit of competition among plutocrats; no one party controls the whole thing. But a significant portion of them are forced to work together on something like this or they all go down together. It’s possible a maverick will attempt to beat the system, but it strikes me as unlikely. The system has too many ways to track these things.

Instead, about the only way this can be deflected in any measure at all is if someone leaks it before the system moves to seize assets and close the trade window. I know that this sounds like a “bank holiday” when the banks close to prevent anyone taking out their money while the banks strip it all away and declare themselves insolvent. From where we sit, it will be about the same kind of thing, since what happens up there in the higher levels could well result in consumer banks — the ones most of us use — shutting down, as well. It will be a surprise and I doubt any human can estimate reliably the moment when the plutocrat bankers and financiers will feel like it’s time. It’s possible outside events could precipitate a major disruption in their system and force their hands.

There’s nothing any of us can do except embrace it when it comes instead of panicking. Countless “little people” will get hurt. If you can see it coming, you have time to prepare. For those of us focused on clinging to Biblical Law, things will be about as good as it gets. But there are some issues that won’t be obvious — not so much for us as for the world around us.

Has it ever occurred to you that a certain segment of the American market is largely unproductive in the first place? Granted, when people are in a good mood about their personal wealth, they are more willing to spend money on non-essentials, but make them nervous and they start squeezing that wallet. One of the most vulnerable markets is entertainment. That sweeps in a lot of territory in the US economy: movies, TV, music, sports, and tourism are commonly accepted categories. Something I’ll mention in passing is that most churches operate like entertainment with a charity function.

What kind of socio-political orientation dominates entertainment? Yep, it’s the left. The reasons are complex, and you shouldn’t try to dismiss it with simplistic slogans. But part of the reason is that those who use the left as their political base have been able to capture the entertainment industry to a great degree. Notice what I’m saying here: The folks who run the politically left organizations are not actually leftists most of the time. (It’s the same on the right.) But part of the reason they have pushed their way into the entertainment field is that they are generally outnumbered on the ground. By controlling the noise coming from TV, radio, newspapers, etc., they are able to steer political money their way.

Keep in mind that most people are conditioned to lean left on a collection of issues even when they have right-wing instincts. This is the effect of controlling the social debate via entertainment; there is no right-wing TV, for example (Fox is not what it seems). Certain answers are excluded so that the arguments are limited to a narrow range of center-left to moderate-socialist. And what is acceptable within that range drifts slowly as time goes on. This does have a distinct affect on the economy. It creates a powerful leftist drag on what folks perceive is socially acceptable in market choices and pricing. It’s pervasive and crops up all over the place.

In particular, it favors centralization, and justifies certain monopolies regardless of actual economic efficiency. That’s because a primary element in that leftward drag is to make centralized controls seem good, right and normal. It makes us desire and expect federal controls over whether something should be allowed on the market, and what constitutes acceptable quality. All a prospective monopolist needs is to purchase the political favor of certain “left” politicians and the public message will be tweaked so that consumers build up a preference for whatever the monopolist is selling. Whole industries exist today for that very reason. Should competitors arise, they’ll either have to raise the ante (buy their own access) or be driven out of the market by various means, including quite frankly violence in some cases.

When the central credit systems starts to stumble, this leftist control of public awareness will collapse. Their whole operation rests on centralized credit and market controls. Whole sections of the current consumer marketplace depends entirely on the availability of large credit operations. Centralizing is pervasive; it’s the norm. And when those big players collapse and close up their businesses, a great deal of money that supports the political left goes away at the same time. That thin veneer of leftist social drag will blow away, and people are going to start operating more like conservatives, never mind what they say. That’s because, here in the US at least, the vast majority of the people are instinctively right-wing. It doesn’t matter what they believe their political persuasion is; when money gets tight, everyone acts like a conservative. Suddenly, entertainment won’t be very important to very many people.

So what kind of political policy is actually behind the socio-political left on the streets? It’s globalism. At it’s core, this is the “we are all one human family” thing that justifies a one-world government. That’s directly contrary to Biblical Law. Never mind all the crazy End Times prophetic nonsense popular with the American Christian Right, globalism is flatly contrary to the reality. In particular, it is contrary to our wiring as humans. It always fails on its own because it never works. That’s the warning inherent in the story about the Tower of Babel; God has wired us to disperse and live in tribal differentiation.

Further, when an economy starts getting sick, globalism is the first thing to die. It’s a very expensive luxury. God is crushing the American political left, first by cutting off the funding for globalists. As the global credit system starts getting more shaky, the globalists are going to suffer first. Keep your eye on that.

Prophetic Economics 01

The Social Sciences are the study of human nature. It includes things like history, archeology, geography, sociology, government and political theory, psychology and so forth. But they are based on Western assumptions, so it all rests on the pretense of reasoned analysis and objectivity. While these sciences recognize that human nature is flawed, they assume it could be better and the whole point is to study how to make it better.

In particular, economics pretends to objectivity even as it manifests wildly conflicting forecasts based on the competing theories. People who study economics take their science too seriously, pretending that if they could just fix some basic theoretical disputes and come up with a unified model of human economic behavior, they could solve humanity’s problems.

Obviously I disagree, but it comes after having studied economics for a long time. You see, I studied it from the cynical point of view that comes from rejecting Western assumptions in the first place. My rejection wasn’t wholly conscious at first, but I was far down that road before I took those college courses. I understood what the professors and books were trying to get across and made some of the highest grades in each class, but I didn’t swallow most of it.

So I neither recommend such education, nor will I attempt to summarize it for you. Rather, I’ll give you a contextual digest of what I believe matters most right now. Those who have studied economics will recognize some of this.

You can grow an economy without credit, but it takes longer. Without debt, wealth grows much more slowly and requires far more work. Biblical Law says you should avoid greed in the first place and realize the shepherd’s call in trying to benefit everyone, because that is your own best interest long term. To put it bluntly: If you can’t embrace that moral necessity, then you’ll always be tormented on some level in this life, and you’ll likely end up in Hell after you die. What you do in this world must serve genuine human need, and Biblical Law sums up that need in the term “moral social stability” — a manifestation of shalom. So the goal is not some imaginary economic efficiency, as if the economy was just a machine. The economy is a living thing that must be nurtured according to its needs, or it will not help you make the most of this life. So don’t juice it up with large doses of credit steroids or it will sicken and die before its time. Treat it with respect.

Economies all die sooner or later, but it can be done gracefully and cooperatively (and they usually give birth to new economies). If you don’t place the image in your mind of an economy as a living being with sentience and its own will, you will never understand it. They belong to the civilization in which they stand, and they are only so healthy as the moral climate of the civilization itself.

Ours is hollow and nearly dead. It’s a science fiction horror monster. Still subject to the moral fabric of the universe as expressed in Biblical Law, even as our global economy dies, we can still harvest what little good is available.

So the starting point for you individually is to remind your flesh that it will not get everything that it wants. It’s not supposed to. You have to understand that there is a permanent disconnect between your instinctive wishes and what God says is in your best interest. No matter how much we grant to the flesh, it cannot be satisfied. Annoyances are the norm; navigate your best path between them. Find a peaceful place so you can learn to live with them and be grateful. The power of joy is inside of you, not in the things you have.

You won’t get that from the academic study of economics. What it will tell you is that the debt system is what is most at risk of collapse. There is a tremendous mass of notional debt with nothing of value behind it. At some point, the sheer volume of debt will drag big finance to a halt as the debt servicing falls too far behind. What keeps the system alive is the perception that the debts are being paid back at some profitable level. Perception at the upper levels does lag reality; most of the big money pushers don’t know when to back off because it appears too profitable. Even the factor of inflation that lowers the value of a particular debt doesn’t change the very real loss of the consumers’ power to repay. Their income doesn’t keep pace with the inflation because of a systemic cultural bias among financiers that pressures employers to hold wages down. Having an MBA degree means you see things only from the financiers point of view.

As previously noted, this is a bad time to be in debt. Resolve those obligations as best you can, because each one represents a dependency and vulnerability to the ravages of plutocrats scrambling to save their vulnerable wealth when this system breaks. Do what you can to shield your assets and resources from repossession, because that’s coming. However, always bear in mind that the one thing no one can take from you is what’s inside of you. Things may get so ugly as to result in a literal form of slavery; the laws can change without notice because the plutocrats are the government. On top of that, most laws have loopholes that allow all kinds of new tricks not yet declared illegal. Prepare your mind for the worst in those terms. Nobody can predict how debt obligations will be shifted to new owners and how financiers will attempt to squeeze the last bit of value from them. It will likely be chaotic.

Beyond that remains the exchange of things that don’t require debt. I find it improbable that our economy will be reduced to barter. There are simply too many options that even local governments can take to keep things moving. This lower economy will take on a life of its own. Individual actors will have a stronger influence at this smaller scale. This is where you and I can exploit the power of Biblical Law, using its power to harvest something better than mere survival. By preparing beforehand to operate without the cushion of borrowing, your instincts take a different path entirely. The whole system of running a household or business means the terminology takes on a wholly different definition.

You are likely to perceive two ways in which a Biblical Law approach will benefit you. First, this is how God operates, so He’s going to steer reality in your favor. All of those things nobody can possibly understand and control will fall your way. Of course, God also retains His inscrutable purpose and your individual hassles will reflect His plan for you, but you can’t do better than doing this God’s way. Second, your attitude will influence others. So if your landlord sees your determination not to push the burden off unfairly onto him, perhaps he will seek ways to keep your rent within your budget. When the ultimate ownership on paper starts jumping around, the managers on the ground will often have a freer hand to deal. But you’ll notice that both of these two ways of benefit are linked, because staying in God’s favor means He moves in the hearts of others to favor you, as well.

That’s it for now. Ask questions if you have any.

Divine Amplification

We can never accurately predict actual outcomes.

I am acquainted with the Social Sciences and the reasons they exist. It’s an attempt to analyze human behavior at large and quantify what goes in and what comes out. There is a broadly recognized imprecision, with constant effort to account for data that might have been missed. Meanwhile, we are acutely aware that some data is forever lost. These days, most of the effort is wasted on chasing new models to structure existing data. It symbolizes the frantic band-aids attempting to save the rotting structure of Western Civilization.

Fans of the classical Enlightenment view of Western Civilization — the true believers — lament the current trendy hostility to Western culture. You can find endless examples of people frankly agitating to kill it. For example, we see all the defiant political leaders forcing their subjects to absorb culturally hostile immigrants. It constitutes an invasion in effect. While those who promote this de facto invasion blather endlessly about diversity and enriching human culture, some of them know for a fact that’s a lie. Some of the folks pressing this trend have confessed that peaceful coexistence is not important in the long run. They’ll pay any price to destroy what they can’t control and reshape to their satisfaction.

You don’t have to be a member of the choir here at Kiln of the Soul parish to understand the moral blindness behind all of this crap. I’m hardly the only writer who presses the biblical teaching that we humans are hard-wired for tribal existence. Cosmopolitan is okay in the marketplace, but God Himself has warned us not to bring it home. We say that, not because we believe that there is one pure tribal culture, but because humans are inherently tribal regardless of the which flavor of culture you embrace. Pick one, but if you want to harvest God’s shalom, you must create a rather closed social enclave or you’ll waste time with all sorts of things that you cannot and should not pursue.

Nobody said you can’t mix diverse folk into a genuine covenant household of faith, but they do have to unify like a family. They do have to become their own unique social enclave; this must be the core your moral existence in this world. You can’t afford any competing claims on your loyalty. It’s a lie of Satan that clannish social barriers always result in hostility. The lie (in America, at least) arises from having only the one culture — Anglo-Saxon — as the model for tribal existence. Isn’t it funny how the agitators are buying into the same fundamental lie, presuming that Anglo-Saxon mythology is the sole/best inherent model of humanity? They keep designing solutions that presume the myth is true.

We could characterize something very fundamental to our faith: Arguing with God is the definition of sin. Granted, there can be problems with that if you rely on English Bible translations too much as accurate representations of God’s revelation. Rejecting a bad translation is not arguing with God. We will never completely understand the Bible. That’s not to say it’s an impossible task, but that we can never rest; we can thorough if not complete. The most important factor is not your intellectual acumen on the Scripture, but whether the Word within the words of Scripture holds your attention. God chose this means to reveal Himself in support of the long history of humans who knew Him and passed His truth one-on-one. The objective of Scripture isn’t factual knowledge, but personal acquaintance.

In my Bible study notes on Jeremiah, I wrote in reference to 1:11-12:

Two things were important for Jeremiah’s service. First was to understand the power of God’s Word as something alive, which the Lord stood behind and made it happen. So he gave Jeremiah a vision of an almond sapling (shaqed) to symbolize how God kept track of things. That God stood guard over His word (shoqed) was a play on words, but also we note the almond was the first plant to betray spring, by sprouting before any other.

Jesus taught His disciples a paradox of divine logic that is directly connected to this:

Also He said to them, “Is a lamp brought to be put under a basket or under a bed? Is it not to be set on a lampstand? For there is nothing hidden which will not be revealed, nor has anything been kept secret but that it should come to light. If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.”

Then He said to them, “Take heed what you hear. With the same measure you use, it will be measured to you; and to you who hear, more will be given. For whoever has, to him more will be given; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.” (Mark 4:21-25 NKJV)

If you can listen to your heart and embrace His revelation, He will draw you closer to Himself for a stronger commitment. Your best viewpoint on Creation is standing as close to God as you can get. If you reject His Word, you will be driven out of His Presence. If you walk in His moral character, He will amplify the effects to pour out His blessings on you, to the point you are overwhelmed. If you pull away from His divine justice, He will pile up the curses to ensure you get more than you asked for.

Another element in this is divine polarization (Matthew 10:34-39). Holiness is based on the image of separation from confusion and sin. What we see subjectively, and what others could see in our lives, will gain moral clarity by the sheer force of distance. God drives us one way or another, based on our choices.

If all you know about history is what men can report from the evidence they find, you know very little, indeed. Having already written much on it, I could write more books on what I understand intellectually about the current decline of Western Civilization. I could post an endless stream of articles explaining how the economic and social chaos, much of which is still not accurately reported (or reported at all) in the mainstream media, will progress in some specifics. Still, that kind of analysis won’t do you much good in preparing for the actual effects you might experience. Even the critical analysis of leaked information and connecting the dots of information already hidden in plain sight won’t provide the full picture on any specific tragic event. (For example, the FBI introduced the Orlando shooter to their paid informants who act as handlers for patsies; they told his ex-wife not to publicize his gay tendencies.)

The facts won’t matter without a proper moral discernment. If people wanted to walk away from the lies, God would lead them farther than they could ever dream. The truth is there in plain sight if folks will just catch a glimmer of revelation. Yes, it’s a ton of work that won’t be finished by the time God takes us Home, but it’s better to go Home to Him with something to offer to His glory. The doom on America (or any other country) is because some minimum tipping point of the folks here never accepted their divine call to take the path anyone can take out of their moral blindness. You’d be amazed at how small the portion would have to be for God to offer mercy (Genesis 18:22-33). It varies with the context, but God is no bean-counter. And what a poor representative Lot was of God’s revelation, yet the Lord saved him from the worst of the disaster.

He has a plan to deliver us, too, if we cling to His truth. That’s all we need to really know as the Western world crumbles.

A Bit of Cultural Mythology

Brother Ed is a dirt-grubbing peasant.

That’s my social background. Not blue-collar, but brown-collar, at best. Yes, I managed to get a really great education, because I went to college back in the days when state and federal government was passing out big grants. All you had to do was make the grade, and I didn’t suffer from any goofball sense of entitlement.

America doesn’t have a genuine upper class. We have some insufferably snotty rich folks with massive educations, but they remain some version of cultural bourgeois. We do have a strong element of DIY cowboy ethic in there, but most of the wealthy and powerful remain elitist petty snobs. They like to imagine themselves as upper class. And maybe the European upper class is no cultural marvel today, but it takes a special blindness to ignore the difference between upper class culture and that of the merely wealthy.

The current massive SJW whining about micro-aggression is hardly mainstream. However, it is also little more than a caricature of how most “respectable Americans” tend to think. In other words, the whining is over-the-top, but essentially the same culture. Americans have a very poor tolerance for sarcasm directed at them personally. If you can find acceptance into some in-group, you’ll get away with it more, but whining about offense is simply the essence of what we are.

And it’s just crazy how easy it is to get over that. Most people who become aware of the virtues of social resilience — not taking yourself too seriously — have little trouble moving down that path. It’s too obvious. But it seems increasingly rare that you’ll find someone with the good sense to simply laugh when another party says something preposterous about him.

Sometimes you just wanna growl at someone: “Grow a pair!”

Calm Down

This is your elder/pastor writing, the shepherd who loves you because God taught him how to love: You need to calm down.

Okay, some of you need to calm down, or maybe you can try to help folks who aren’t in on this virtual parish. Let’s offer a gift of love that doesn’t really require our religion to understand. Honestly, it’s already been explained, but we live in a culture that values moral outrage as a distraction from moral living. The Spirit of God brings peace, not tumult.

Once more: I’m citing Glennon from his book, National Security and Double Government. Not his words, but the contextual awareness that our society is under the thumb of some broad collective consensus so that we cannot blame any one person for the insanity of our government. It’s intentional — create an atmosphere that dehumanizes and instills a petty fear in just that one sphere of human activity of people in the workplace as bureaucrats in government service. I have served in this atmosphere; I did so after getting a very good education in psychology and other social sciences. Not only was I morally aware of the serious danger, but I could trace the very structure of this thing from several angles. Glennon’s book simply added a refreshing explanation that helped crystallize what I already knew.

Example: Over the past few years, we have seen stories where public education officials have called police on parents who had the gall to approach the school facility as pedestrians. The parent(s) notified us all via news stories and social media of this utterly senseless act. When someone managed to get the school officials to explain, it comes out that it is a security policy: You are required to approach the building in a motor vehicle, even if you live across the street. You may not exit this vehicle while in the proximity of the school facility, but must wait for school employees to direct your child(ren) to your vehicle. You are considered a threat in this environment.

I understand this. That doesn’t make it sensible.

Please, try to understand that these officials belong to that Trumanite bureaucratic culture. They exist in an alien environment detached from the reality almost everyone else experiences. The bureaucrats do not realize just how freaking insane it is, and will flatly argue that you are the one who is nuts. The world of bureaucratic consciousness is an alien place, rather like Hell. I mean that literally in some ways — Hell. This beastly state of mind is precisely what Satan wanted and he loves it. Bureaucrats are the true Church of Satan. Everyone who worships at that shrine — every bureaucrat — does not realize that their lord is Satan. They are convinced it’s all impersonal, that it’s just “common sense.” They cannot imagine why in the world you would object to their policies, but they sure as Hell don’t mind punishing you for it.

Here in the US, we are particularly devoted to this peculiar insane religion. Think of the worst horror stories of government oppression in, say most European countries, and that is our routine. This is why I often say nasty things about child welfare policies in the US. On average, even by state policy definitions, the handling of children while in direct custody of the government is often worse than whatever “abuse” they are trying to resolve. In other words, social workers are some of the most horrific bureaucrats in the world, utterly lacking in anything that resembles a conscience. The process for vetting foster parents guarantees that hard-core child abusers are often the first ones approved for the program. Again, this is by the state’s own definition of what constitutes “abuse.” People with a functioning conscience find the child welfare programs abominable. Good moral people cannot tolerate the system, and only the low-level psychopaths will tolerate the bureaucracy.

You want to change this? Make sure you understand what Glennon says: You would have to slaughter at least 100,000 bureaucrats just to get their attention in one state. Want to reform the federal government? I estimate that it would require the public execution of roughly 2 million bureaucrats. That means every single armed, badge-bearing federal enforcement officer, and the vast majority of those who rely on their armed presence to force us to obey their edicts. If you somehow managed to isolate any particular individual from the herd for a long enough time, they might be saved from this insanity. Do you have the resources to do that to some 2 million all at once? Because it’s worse than any drug addiction you’ve ever seen. From personal experience, I’m telling you with all seriousness it is just that bad.

Now, take a deep breath and think: This is the “normal” for our world. It might be less of an issue in other Western countries, but still bad enough in their own way. And our God says in His Word that He is in charge and we are not to attempt changing this situation until He gives us a calling and authority to carry it out. Are you willing and able to slaughter a few million folks? That’s the only way you can change things in this fallen world. If you believe God has called you to that, don’t say it publicly because you’ll be a target for all kinds of awful. God has not called me to that, I can assure you.

God has called me to help my fellow believers learn to live with this. Part of learning to live with this is that you stop reacting with shock and froth. Yes, it’s crazy, but we can do without that “Ain’t It Awful” game. That distracts from the work of mercy in our lives. Instead, get used the idea that it will get steadily worse. The bureaucratic hive-mind cannot turn around; it can only run farther down the slope into Hell. Bureaucrats are increasingly out of touch with the folks they rule. And while the bureaucratic hive-mind is aware in the sense of making intelligent preparations for resistance, their discernment is limited. They simply do not realize that there is a breaking point. Their calculus excludes the very notion that this could all come to a screeching halt. Their bureaucracy is sacred; they aren’t allowed to imagine it ending. They will all be utterly shocked when the society they rule erupts and starts destroying the system.

The only question left is just how discerning the revolt will be, and thus the accuracy of their targeting and tactics. I predict that the populace at large is no smarter than the bureaucracy, so it will be long, ugly and painful. In fact, most folks will not discern when it starts or when it ends, nor much of what it really meant.

Now, one more complication: Bureaucrats will fight with each other. That is, once a bureaucrat is outside his/her official domain, they tend to become rather ordinary victims of the other bureaucrats in other domains. So the shit-head principal at school who had you arrested for walking up to get your children will complain and threaten to raise hell when the county raises his property taxes to give a pay boost to some other bureaucratic office. Now that is really insane.