Mimetic theory suggests that humans are magnetically attracted to model-obstacles. We want to imitate being which appears scarce in its attainability. We fashion gods in the image of the kind of power we admire and covet: capricious, “hard to get” lovers who can also turn to disinterest or condemnation on a dime.
Likewise, it is why so many are positively fascinated by government. Whether it’s the common embrace of the state and its monopoly of sacred violence, of doing things against nonviolent persons we ourselves know is evil to do as individuals, or its mirror impulse of sovereign individualism which perpetually resents the state’s power of coercion in a way that makes such exertions of power a kind of ruling force, a demonic idol that preoccupies their minds in an ironic way that exacerbates its power.
The push-pull power games of public government is made manifest in its message to humans: “You own us. But don’t you dare expect us to be merciful If we send our agents to discipline you. You are our masters, but resist our majesty at your own peril. You get to hire and fire us, but don’t you dare take that too seriously. Obey and submit to our laws, but don’t expect us to subjugate our leaders to the same laws. Alter or abolish us if we become injurious to the means of liberty…if you dare. As Ric Flair says, ‘To be the man, you gotta beat the man.'”
The irony of it all is that “The Man” is just us. People. Crowds of human persons that consent and tolerate the way things are. And the state and its actors know that so they seduce us with this push-pull game of desire and repulsion that fascinates every quiet little would-be king and queen. That’s how scapegoat-king-political avatars prevent the crowd from turning on them.
Meanwhile, God died for us. Unconditionally loves us. His love is the absence of scarcity. And so we couldn’t care less. So we fashion mental models about him to worship (imitate) instead that look awfully like our old capricious “hard to get” or “hard to keep up with” gods of our ancestors. And we put our faith in the state. But I repeat myself.
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How do we win liberty for the future? Where does the liberty movement go in these rapidly changing times?
A Neighbor’s Choice founder and syndicated writer David Gornoski speaks with Austrian economist Dr. Robert Murphy. You won’t want to miss this discussion as winning strategies for communicating liberty are discussed as well as a timely look at the sexual assault-based power of the state’s victimless crime laws that place nonviolent persons in cages where rampant.
In this episode you will also learn how Jesus is the founder of the liberty movement, how the state sacrifices scapegoats to gain power, and how to build bridges with people new to voluntarism and nonviolence.
Robert P. Murphy is a Senior Fellow with the Mises Institute, Research Fellow at the Independent Institute, and Research Assistant Professor with the Free Market Institute at Texas Tech University. He is the author of many books including Choice: Cooperation, Enterprise, and Human Action (Independent Institute, 2015) which is a modern distillation of the essentials of Mises’s thought for the layperson. Murphy is co-host, with Tom Woods, of the popular podcast Contra Krugman, which is a weekly refutation of Paul Krugman’s New York Times column. https://consultingbyrpm.com/
David Gornoski’s writing regularly appears at FEE.org, The American Conservative, Lewrockwell.com, TheMission.co, WND.com, AffluentInvestor.com and several other publications. A Neighbor’s Choice is a mission-based educational platform creating a coalition of writers, artists, churches, pastors, victims, intellectuals, public leaders, and community groups committed to real justice: teaching society to reject the violence of victimless crime laws. www.aneighborschoice.com
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It’s such a privilege to be alive. To be free from pain and social isolation. Why would anyone want to put another nonviolent person in an assault cage to deprive them of these things in the precious few years each of us have on this Earth?
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The definition of a leftist is one who uses the rhetoric of Marxist victimism to market plain old state-corporatism, aka fascism, to the masses.
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The Leftist view of justice is to complain about white people having dreadlocks, Abuser-run Hollywood Oscar nomination quotas for blacks, and racist conspiracies against “Russians.”
The Christ imitator’s view of justice means freeing millions of black persons, and all other persons, from violent prisons for all victimless crimes and regulations, uniting sons and daughters with parents, and empowering human dignity free from the warfare/welfare state.
Which justice do you want?
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“In olden times, people used to look for scapegoats in those who were different in appearance and behavior. Then the crucifixion happened and, finally, we started making progress and tried hard to move away from the child sacrifice and witch hunting. We identified, with the compassion of Christ, that these people needed special care so that they would be able to blend into society. But today we are seeing a reversal of revelation with a subtle but obvious return to pagan sacrifice, and the so-called secularists are at a loss, as they should be.” – Surit Dasgupta
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For All Saints Day, David Gornoski interviews Jason Jones, a film producer, author, activist and Catholic human rights worker. As fellow students of Rene Girard, they explore the foundational principles of Catholic social teaching, social justice victimism, how the unborn child is the ultimate scapegoat in the West, and how loving our neighbor can transform society while costing us dearly as we become scapegoats by proximity of society’s victims.
For the past 25+ years, Jason Jones has worked to defend the most vulnerable — from the homeless on the streets of Los Angeles to persecuted Christians in Africa, from women in crisis pregnancies to victims of “honor killing” in Iran. He is the founder of Serviam USA, a group dedicated to advancing Catholic social teaching to the general public. Learn more about Serviam here.
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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, LibertarianChristians.com, and AffluentInvestor.com.
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