Standing Between a Mob and its Victim

Whenever you stand in between an outraged mob looking to demonize and destroy a singular target with righteous zeal, you will always be accused of being in league with their devil. Your space outside of the oneness they experience together in rage gives them eyes to see you as a potential enemy as well.

What do you mean “don’t scapegoat him?” Don’t you know he did X, Y, and Z? Do YOU support X, Y, Z?

Well no, I don’t think I do. But given the right circumstance and power, maybe I would. And maybe you would too. And so casting him out won’t solve our problems. Only the recognition that we all are prone to violently scapegoat others will begin the process of repentance so that our guilty pleasure structures built on shame shifting no longer hold such esteem in our hearts.

The Importance of Consistent Nonviolence in Society

Once you allow the collective to use violence against a single nonviolent act like opium use, you open the moral authority for them to use violence to punish other nonviolent acts…like speech they deem hateful, wages they deem too low, milk that is not pasteurized, lack of health insurance, etc. The moral principle of Jesus-imitating nonviolence must be consistently applied lest we enter the chaos of democracies that scapegoat misfits and dissenters based on the latest whims of the crowd.

A two step vision for Christian-based law

My argument for Christian based law system is two step:
1. Only moral use for prison is violent theft, fraud, child abuse (includes selling minors drugs btw), assault, rape, murder or attempts thereof. All other acts are nonviolent and should be dealt with a whole of host of nonviolent and creative social solutions and actions.
2. In an ideal world that goes beyond the scope of our current prison system, we would make petty theft (involving no violent threats, weapons, or systematic fraud on a grand scale) restitution based where victims can have the choice to work out a mercy repayment system over jail time and criminal records.
Also, for violent crimes like rape and murder, we’d clean up the prison system model to not be so dehumanizing and permissive of prison violence.

This two step model can be accomplished with a limited, low tax local government based model in the near term. And in a long view, accomplished even more effectively in a private property based law system wherein communities set voluntary contracts as offerings to would be members looking to live there with terms, conditions, and city wide associations and/or insurance firms providing subscription style models for security from theft and violence and justice meditations and facilities or spaces for violent persons to be placed.

A voluntary covenant-based community can set rules for excommunication from the property if you attempt murder. Since surrounding private property-based communities would not want random murderers cast into their communities, there would be agreements between said communities to guarantee safety from marauding murderers. A network of these agreements would develop so that the portions of land such persons would be able to inhabit would be islands or walled off tracts of land cooperatively owned by communities and voluntarily funded to protect society from psychopaths.

Jesus Ends Religion

Religion is never about metaphysics. It’s about the ecstatic unity of scapegoating: of casting one’s guilt and resentment onto a common enemy as part of a clique.

Jesus came to end this religion.

The Left and Right Stone the Woman

The right wants to stone the adulterous woman.

The left wants to stone Jesus for telling the adulterous woman to go and sin no more.

The Christian saves the woman from stoning and encourages her to sin no more.

The world desperately needs Christians to be Christian.

Libertarianism vs Christian Nonviolence

The difference between a Jesus-imitating voluntarist or nonviolence (non-aggression and non-vengeance) message and standard libertarian rhetoric is that the former focuses on our moral treatment of the neighbor whereas the latter focuses on an individual orientation. The former is about what is the appropriate way to treat my neighbor, even when in a voting or jurist crowd. The latter is a notice to your neighbor on your demands for self-ownership.

The former, I believe, is the winning message that will resonate with disparate communities long unresponsive to the standard libertarian presentation. – David Gornoski

A Neighbor’s Choice Ep. 5: Jacob Hornberger Interview

Episode 5 introduces us to Jacob Hornberger, the founder of the Future of Freedom Foundation (FFF.org) to discuss how Christians should view the drug war, other vice laws, and foreign interventions. What follows is a fascinating exploration of law, liberty, and ethics that offers a glimpse of what’s possible through social imitation of Jesus of Nazareth.

Mr. Hornberger’s article that spurred the discussion is “How to Reduce Violence in America” and is available here:

Hosted by writer and speaker David Gornoski, A Neighbor’s Choice is a media platform and weekly show that examines the role of violence and religion in public life.

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David Gornoski’s essays are featured at publications such as The American Conservative, FEE.org, Lewrockwell.com, WND.com, and AffluentInvestor.com.

A Neighbor’s Choice Ep. 4: What is Violence?

What is violence? In a world where speech purity codes increasingly obscure and obfuscate violence, David Gornoski defines violence and how a society should prevent it through law. This lays the groundwork for the A Neighbor’s Choice theme of “no violence against nonviolent persons.”

Hosted by writer and speaker David Gornoski, A Neighbor’s Choice is a media platform and weekly show that examines the role of violence and religion in public life.

Subscribe for fresh new content and visit http://www.aneighborschoice.com for essays, teaching tools, and how you can be a part of A Neighbor’s Choice. Support A Neighbor’s Choice radio show and media platform here: http://aneighborschoice.com/contribute/

David Gornoski’s essays are featured at publications such as The American Conservative, FEE.org, Lewrockwell.com, WND.com, and AffluentInvestor.com.

A Neighbor’s Choice Ep. 3: The Sacrifice of Mr. Slinkard

This week, meet Mr. Jefferson Slinkard, a log cabin home builder and writer from Arkansas. He tells the story of his father’s PTSD and how it allowed the tortures of the Korean War to spread to his family. Along the way, Jefferson shares stories of adventure, anguish, and triumph through peace and unconditional love. Unnecessary wars continue to create hidden generational victims who carry psychological scars for elective wars fueled by less-than-noble interests. Those who wish to imitate Jesus would do well to consider the sacrifices they demand of their neighbor.

Hosted by writer and speaker David Gornoski, A Neighbor’s Choice is a media platform and weekly show that examines the role of violence and religion in public life.

Subscribe for fresh new content and visit http://www.aneighborschoice.com for essays, teaching tools, and how you can be a part of A Neighbor’s Choice. Support A Neighbor’s Choice radio show and project here: http://aneighborschoice.com/contribute/

David Gornoski’s essays are featured at publications such as The American Conservative, FEE.org, LewRockwell.com, WND.com, and AffluentInvestor.com.

Music is “Old Folks at Home” written by Stephen Foster and performed by Hundred Years Late (2014). Download the song here:
https://hundredyearslate.bandcamp.com/track/hundred-years-late-radio-feature-old-folks-at-home

A Neighbor’s Choice Ep. 2: Daryl Davis’s Accidental Courtesy

In A Neighbor’s Choice radio episode 2, David Gornoski speaks with Daryl Davis, star of the fascinating documentary Accidental Courtesy. A vaunted African American blues musician who has played with some of the all-time greats, Daryl Davis uses his love of music and Americana to reach out to leaders of the KKK. “How can you hate me if you don’t even know me?” he asks them.

Accidental Courtesy airs on PBS Feb. 13 at 10pm ET. It is also available in select theaters and will debut on ITunes on Feb. 21. Watch the trailer here.