But Christianity began to create a new society, a decentralized and free society. And foundations very, very early were basic to that society. These foundations were free and independent agencies, free of church and state, dedicated to specific purposes: charity and welfare, hospitals and medicine, education, orphanages, missions, and so on. These foundations began to accumulate wealth to fulfil these purposes. The history books tell us that, by the end of the so-called “middle ages” much of the wealth of Europe was in the hands of the church. They lie. There was considerable wealth in the hands of foundations, Christian orders and foundations, who were doing a great work for rich and poor alike. A greedy church and greedy states were trying to seize and often succeeding in taking over these foundations for their own unchristian purposes. In this imperialism by both church and state, the state finally won.
The coming Great Default – and the end of the welfare state – will dispense with the government-gods of today. It is necessary for Christians to rebuild a network of foundations independent of both State and Church.
Start small, stay focused, and build a freer world.
Traveller Application: The Traveller News Network, the Traveller’s Aid Society, and the earlier Octagon Society are all examples of non-religious, commercial foundations. Wealthy PCs can get to work in building a legacy that will stand after their death. But, can they keep it out from the hands of the Emperor, nobles, collectivists, statists, corporations, and the various churches and cults and atheistic ideologies of the Imperium?