Mitchell’s laws: Reduced money growth never stimulates economic growth. To survive long term, a monetarily non-sovereign government must have a positive balance of payments. Austerity breeds austerity and leads to civil disorder. Those, who do not understand the differences between Monetary Sovereignty and monetary non-sovereignty, do not understand economics.
Lest you believe that the Tea Party Patriots and the Republicans are purely political groups, who preach patriotism, fiscal responsibility, the Constitution and the free market, think again. While they use those words, many of them believe in a religious fundamentalism, completely at odds with what you may think those words mean.
Their “patriotism” does not mean love of our nation, for they wish to minimize or eliminate the very government that makes our nation possible. Their “fiscal responsibility” is a fiscal cruelty that would deny help for the needy. The “Constitution” is the antithesis of their beliefs, since they do not accept the dominance of civil law. And their “free market” is free only for the very wealthiest among us. The oil, coal and railroad barons of yesteryear believed in that version of a “free market.”
Background: In every group, the extremists define the agenda and the words to describe it. They are the loudest, most assured, most demanding sect, and view themselves as the “true” believers, with all others being lesser versions or even infidels. Thus, for conservatives, Christian Reconstructionism sets the agenda. It believes civil law must conform to their interpretations of biblical law. They preach a Calvinist, austere, hardhearted America.
Christian conservatives are akin to those Muslims who believe civil law must conform to Sharia law. Both tend to theocratic ideals, with the civil government being reduced or eliminated altogether, in favor of religious interpretations and religious administration of all law. The common claim, “America is a Christian country,” merely is a way to say, “If you’re not Christian (my kind of Christian), you aren’t American and don’t deserve to be treated like an American.”
The Tea Party’s call for less taxing and smaller government is a direct result of this theocratic fervor.
Applying ancient interpretations of religious law to modern life leads to a cruel, austere, arbitrary, pitiless world, in which human needs and desires are suppressed by a dictatorial priesthood, often harsher than the most evil, civil dictatorships. The extreme right believes there should be a Christian theonomy, where God is the source of ethics, as interpreted by the priests, not by civil law, similar to the Taliban teaching and enforcing of Sharia.
Under Christian Reconstructionism, the death sentence would be applied to adultery, homosexuality, incest, bestiality, pretending to be a virgin, idolatry, witchcraft, blasphemy, false accusations, false prophesying, kidnapping, and rape. Because the vast majority of humankind, including most religious leaders, has engaged in a least one of these “crimes,” the priesthood would have wide latitude to punish by death anyone they choose.
The natural result of the belief that God’s law supercedes civil law, is the belief that governments are immoral, so civil laws are immoral, and obeying civil law is optional. From this evolved the evangelical, home schooling movement, which is related to the notion that man’s science is immoral.
All the above has a powerful political outcome. For example, the vitriol against using embryonic stem cells for research that can save lives, is based on “God above man,” “God above science” beliefs. Though there is no scientific (or even biblical) basis for claiming that an embryonic stem cell is a human being, and that killing this invisible-to-the-naked-eye cell is murder, religious extremists interpret everything according to their vision of their bible, including the belief theirs is “the one true religion.”
The result: Many thousands of unfortunate women forced to carry babies they neither want nor can care for; many thousands of unwanted children born into poverty, crime and disease; many thousands of sick people not cured – a great mountain of misfortune and misery, none of which concerns those of the extreme right, for theirs is not a human morality, but a religious one.
Which is why they so willingly preach harsh austerity, for their neighbors and for their nation (their claims of “patriotism” notwithstanding).
The anti-government preaching of the right has dire consequences for America. It is consistent with the anti-science teaching of creationism, leading to acceptance of other anti-science such as vaccine conspiracies and naturopathy. Once you doubt science on the basis of religion, you can use the same religion to disbelieve all science, and a return to the dark ages is a small step away.
The cold, lack of concern for human misery and misfortune has other political repercussions:
Under the guise of employment and resource scarcity, a harsh immigration policy, allowing difficult immigration laws and no amnesty.
And, under the guise of “fiscal responsibility”:
An end to, or greatly reduced, Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid
Reduced unemployment coverage
Smaller government and reduced benefits of government
And under the guise of morality:
Intolerance of any abortion for any reason
Intolerance of gays
Mixing of church and state
For a much deeper understanding of the right-wing extremism that has begun to take over our nation, I recommend reading: An interview with Frank Schaeffer
Today’s politics in not left vs. right. It is human empathy vs. cruel biblicality. The most important law forgotten by the right wing religionists is the Golden Rule.
Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
No nation can tax itself into prosperity, nor grow without money growth. Monetary Sovereignty: Cutting federal deficits to grow the economy is like applying leeches to cure anemia. Two key equations in economics:
Federal Deficits – Net Imports = Net Private Savings
b>Gross Domestic Product = Federal Spending + Private Investment + Private Consumption + Net exports