Sunday, January 13, 2002

I would think that most bloggers are trying to make the world a better place. For me, John 10:10 is a focal point-“I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” If we’re supposed to be advancing God’s kingdom and He wants people to have an abundant life, how then do we then set up our political economy? Recent history has shown that socialism doesn’t work very well; it is not well designed to create wealth. A modest amount of wealth transfer may be desirable in maximizing the overall joytron count, but free markets, where prices will clue self-centered humans where to focus their endeavors, is the best framework to base an economy on. I take two key Biblical factors into thinking about political economy. The first is that man is sinful (feel free to substitute greedy or selfish) by nature. Socialism doesn’t take into account the sinfulness of man. You don’t have to be a Bible-thumper to agree than people are naturally selfish. If people aren’t rewarded for their labors, they will be lazy and take their creative energies into unproductive and anti-social areas. Gordon Gecko was too long winded-the better statement is “Greed is”. A free-market system puts greed to good use. The second principal is that we are commanded to look after the poor. Libertarians may grumble that Jesus was a Jewish liberal. He said many less-than-flattering things about rich people, the most telling being “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” Helping the poor is a recurring theme in scripture. One that come quickly to mind is the story of Steven in Acts. He was put in charge of welfare for the widows in Jerusalem before giving a stirring defence of Christ and getting stoned (no, he's not the founder of NORML) for it. Curmudgeons will misapply “The poor you will always have with you,” (Mark 14:7) ignoring the rest of the verse; “and you can help them any time you want. But you will not always have me.” Jesus was encouraging worship (being bathed by a woman with expensive perfume) rather than discouraging charity. Liberals will want to stress this side of the Bible; a lot of theologically sound Christians, espeically minorities, will lean towards socialistic economics. The trick is to then balance helping the poor with the fact that mankind is selfish. The first asks for socialist attitudes, the second capitalist attitudes. The question is then, what level of government creates the most abundant life for the country, which set of policies maximizes the joytron count. We come back to our quantum economics question- does the joytrons generated from a program outweigh the bogons generated by the taxes and regulations stemming from it. A lack of understanding the bogonic effects of taxes and regulation causes liberals to ask for more government than is optimal. Our mission, if we chose to accept it, is to inform the voting public about quantum economics and allow them to make a more informed choice as citizens

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