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A Christian Defense of Capitalism? Or Just Freedom?

I posted a column this morning at the Cypress Times explaining why I so often come down on the side of ‘capitalism.’

In this essay, I’d like discuss what I really believe the relationship between capitalism and Christianity is, and if anyone likes what I have to say, you can make up for my loss of friends on Facebook by becoming my new friends.  🙂

In truth, I am not interested at all in ‘capitalism.’ I am interested in freedom. I know that economists and dictionaries describe capitalism as an ‘economic system’ that can be set against socialism, communism, … continue reading...

Chicago Trib Author takes Issue with Hidden Taxes: Says Hide them Even Better

The headline I read today was “New charge on dinner tab is in bad taste.”  The opening paragraphs seemed to set the stage for the article:

Nothing succeeds in the travel industry like a bad idea. The latest hidden mandatory add-on is a “health” charge added to restaurant bills. As far as I know, this scam cropped up first in San Francisco, but you can count on it to spread.

The rationale for this one is to cover the employers’ mandatory contribution to the City’s “Healthy San Francisco” health-coverage system. The charge actually is levied on employers, but at … continue reading...

Health Care Solutions from a Conservative

It may seem that something like health care is well out of bounds of a Christian apologetics ministry but it is not true.  The divorce made between faith and politics, often made by Christians themselves, is usually wrong headed.  That is not to say that I advocate a ‘theocracy.’  It is to say that there is a clear connection between beliefs and actions, and ideologies and consequences.  The current health care debate illustrates this very well in that a person’s preferred solution often depends on one’s overall ideology.

Not all ideologies are created equal.  Some result in increased freedom for … continue reading...

Christians Should Take Freedom Into Account

Recently, I wrote a post calling on Christians to step up to their own obligations and not delegate them to others, in particular to the government.  A couple of months ago I wrote a post drawing the connection between taxation and freedom. The first post and today’s are directed ONLY to Christians and should be read in that context.  I submit that the two posts above be read in conjunction with this one in order to better grasp my points.

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For Christians who take the Bible as the authority, one must accept that the government has a certain, God-ordained, … continue reading...

Russians Right that America Is Nearly Marxist?

I saw this article from Pravda posted on the Drudge Report.

I am linking to it because I think there is a fair bit of truth in it, actually.   I doubt it will wake anyone up.  While I know a great deal of people who are not happy with the current trends and are not the ‘sheeple’ referenced by the editorialist, I can think of a fair number who scoff at the notion that fascism or socialism could happen here… when in fact it isn’t a question of whether or not it could happen, it is happening.

By the time … continue reading...

Economy and Ideology and Taxes and Freedom

I once got into a disagreement with someone about the nature of communism.  My sin apparently had been that I had issued a series like this… “Freedom and Democracy, Tyranny and Communism…”  The objection was that the three preceding terms have to do with polity and governance while communism was merely an economic system.  As such, it was said it did not belong in the series.

Frankly, given the course of history and its clear testimony linking communism with tyranny and piles of dead, I find the notion that communism is ‘only’ an economic system to be absurd.  Similarly, with … continue reading...

Rand’s Atlas Shrugged as Template for Today’s Liberal Lunacy

This morning’s post is inspired by this Wall Street Journal article.   Essentially, Moore argues that the government is currently engaged in exactly the kind of behavior witnessed in the book.

It is uncouth these days to say anything even slightly critical about the president-elect, excuse me, the Messiah.  No one wants to hear it.  The mass opinion seems to be that we should all at least swallow our partisan tongues for a little while and “Wish Obama a Successful Presidency.”

We are not permitted to ask exactly what would constitute a ‘success’ in Obama’s eyes.  For I certainly do … continue reading...

NBC Heroes, Original Sin, and the Image of God

Heroes is continuing to try to string along the religious viewer by employing Christian verbiage such as ‘image of God’ and ‘God’s will.’  Tonight we had something that passes as a good juxtaposition between the Christian worldview and the secular worldview though ironically the roles were reversed…  Nathan Petrelli has ‘got religion’ and is now seeking transcendental meaning for his life.  So far, so good.  A Nathan Petrelli in the future attempts to reason with his brother, Peter, that we’ve all got good in us since we’re made in the image of God- as such, we can center extraordinary power … continue reading...