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“Christian Libertarian” Excerpt #7: Ayn Rand and Christian Morality   Leave a comment

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Introduction

In this particular excerpt from the Christian Libertarian paper I wrote earlier this year, I discuss the notions of the late Ayn Rand an outspoken atheist author and capitalist political philosopher. She has written both fiction and non-fiction books, most notably the fictitious novels called The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. Yet she has also written philosophical books concerning the good that comes out of Capitalism, Selfishness, and the “lie” that is Altruism. In this post I will be offering commentary to what I have written about her in my paper as well as discuss points of agreement and disagreement that I have with her. I will confess now however, that my ideological relationship to this philosopher is at best wanting and at worst conflicting. To start this post off I share with you the introductory paragraph to the Ayn Rand and Objectivism section of my paper, Read the rest of this entry »

Posted December 10, 2011 by jimbo9889 in Social Issues, The Objectives

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On George Carlin: Grumpy Old Cynic or Truth-Teller   Leave a comment

Introduction

In my many interactions with some people in my social network, I see videos of the late George Carlin being as always provocative and controversial in his jokes. George Carlin’s comedic style was always multi-faceted but it was largely Dark, Insulting and Sarcastic even Satirical geared toward predominantly toward 2 topics that in America is often socially unacceptable to talk about: Religion and Politics. When I was a child I was exposed to him from the childhood TV Show Thomas the Tank Engine and again in my teenage years in my own spiritual search and by my personal, local and smaller social network. I will confess that when it comes to his Religion jokes I can find some humor in them, although he paints a broad stroke on ALL religion, I like to think that he mocks the popular understandings of religion (aka the various manifestations of Fundamentalism) that most people have rather than the deeper realities and wisdom of Religion itself. I find a high degree of agreement with George Carlin however, when it comes to his choice of political philosophy. In this post I will be writing about my views on George Carlin in more detail, only after that to tie George Carlin’s Cynical sense of humor back over to Christ for I believe that reconciliation must be had between 2 forces that seem irreconcilable. Following this I will discuss my own personal battle with Cynicism, Despair and Frustration in life. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted December 3, 2011 by jimbo9889 in Social Issues, The Objectives

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The Chaos That Is Black Friday: What It Represents and The Meaning of the Holiday Season   Leave a comment

Introduction

Its that time of the year again folks! The Turkey is eaten and hopefully you’ll have the strength to overcome that Post-Thanksgiving Lethargy in order to wake up early to shop in America’s Most Chaotic Shopping Season. On second thought, I’d rather see you sleeping restfully at home than waking up at absurd hours in the morning to buy things in a store at reduced prices. Black Friday is a day that really shows how morally bankrupt our culture has become, its the best day to examine the psycho-spiritual state of the nation. I know that its the holiday season and we want to buy things for our loved ones and I intend to offer some practical advice on that as well, but we really need to re-examine the meaning of the Holidays. Read the rest of this entry »

“Christian Libertarian” Excerpt #6: Allegory of Castle Defense, God, and The Deeper Tradition   Leave a comment

Introduction

In this part of the paper I give my reasons for why Christians should change there outlook in light of the previous excerpts that I posted earlier. This particular reason was called “Castle Defense,” and it had to do largely with experience and wisdom needed in defending a castle, which was analogous to the ideas and perspectives one is called to defend. There are reasons I give, and I am only giving my fourth and final reason for why I believe it is important for Christians to change the way they think. I have done this because, I just felt that my other reasons might have come off to brash, and this one is the most creative analogy I could come up with. Read the rest of this entry »

On The Distribution of Power and Wealth: A Christian Perspective [2/2]   Leave a comment

Introduction

How does a Christian respond to the world when it comes to Power? Power as we know comes from 3 areas of living, but they are all intertwined. The first is social power, or influence. The second is economic power, or property and wealth. The third is political power, which is usually determined by the aggregate of the previous two aspects. Politics, at its root is, “the study of distribution of power.” Indirectly, when we speak about where power is distributed we speak also of freedom. In this essay I want to write about the purpose of hierarchy and centralization and the purpose of decentralization and common ownership. To do this however, I am going to need to write about my own personal political transition from Right-Libertarianism into a hybrid of Distributism with Libertarian Tendencies. Read the rest of this entry »

On The Distribution of Power and Wealth: A Christian Perspective [1/2]   Leave a comment

Introduction

How does a Christian respond to the world when it comes to Power? Power as we know comes from 3 areas of living, but they are all intertwined. The first is social power, or influence. The second is economic power, or property and wealth. The third is political power, which is usually determined by the aggregate of the previous two aspects. Politics, at its root is, “the study of distribution of power.” Indirectly, when we speak about where power is distributed we speak also of freedom. In this essay I want to write about the purpose of hierarchy and centralization and the purpose of decentralization and common ownership. To do this however, I am going to need to write about my own personal political transition from Right-Libertarianism into a hybrid of Distributism with Libertarian Tendencies. Read the rest of this entry »

On Wealth and Riches: What Is The Christian Position?   Leave a comment

Introduction

Many people say that possessing wealth is a bad thing. In light of both intentional socio-political movements throughout more recent times and even theological misunderstandings that have occurred earlier then our more recent times, we feel guilty if we succeed. The problem is such thinking would only hold true if Christianity thought that creation was evil or bad, that having plenty is an evil, but I argue in this post that having plenty is not evil, wealth [like everything else] only has the propensity to become an evil. It is the purpose of the post to describe the proper relationship between Man and Wealth, in light of Christian Revelation as well as to point out the spiritual dangers in ones life for giving wealth too much emphasis. Read the rest of this entry »