Justice, as Determined by The Right Sort
Today, approximately 30,000 Ojibways live in a sprawling region north of Lake Huron and Lake Superior. And thanks to a recent Ontario court decision, they could soon be in line for a massive and unprecedented financial gift from Canadian taxpayers. It’s a giveaway made possible by an imaginative rewriting of two nearly 170-year-old signed treaties, a legal system that appears to have fallen under the spell of native mysticism, a federal government that’s given up defending the taxpayers’ interests and a judge who thinks she can read the minds of long-dead historical figures and mistakenly believes the Ojibway have lived in Northwestern Ontario since time immemorial.The Real Cost of Bad History by Robert MacBain and Peter Shawn Taylor
It is currently fashionable in the West to simply ignore/rewrite the law to meet PC & sentimental requirements. Earlier, it was more comfortable to ignore justice to meet insure the supremacy of a particular sect or race or leading segment of society: this is still true in much of the world. And in the West too: notice the kind of people who are actually making the rulings all seem to come from the same class, from the same universties, and share the same ideologies.
The authors quoted provide a picture of the judge in the case with the caption, “Captivated by Indigenous creationism: Justice Hennessy ignored historical evidence that the Ojibway were latecomers”:
Rather than sticking to the historical facts, Justice Hennessy extensively quoted an Ojibway elder’s account of his people’s cosmology and creation story, and then herself claimed: “As the last placed within creation, the Anishinaabe [Ojibways] could not act in ways that would violate those relationships that came before their placement on the land and that were already in existence across creation.” Setting aside her curious acceptance of Indigenous mythology as fact, we know that at the time of their “creation” the Anishinaabe could not have been placed in Northwestern Ontario. They originated on the Atlantic Coast and are essentially newcomers to the area, having arrived after European explorers. — Robert MacBain and Peter Shawn Taylor , “The Real Cost of Bad History” at C2C Journal
Post-truth science will not be, in principle, either positive or negative about creationism; everything depends on the role it plays in power struggles.
See also: Bret Weinstein, The Evergreen Prof Who Got SJW-D? It’s Partly The Fault Of Creationists! (Native American creationists)
Is there life Post-Truth? Native American creationism viewed favorably in a recent court ruling in Canada, from Uncommon Descent
Government, law, and lawyers are closely intertwined in the West. To a very real extent, we are ruled by lawyers, both on the courts and in the legislators.
You should become more familiar with the political structure in your community. You should also become familiar with the more important bureaucratic agencies that carry out policies of local government. This is extremely difficult work. It is best suited for somebody trained in civil law: a lawyer. But lawyers have very valuable time. They tend to prefer to be elected to local office rather than remaining in the background. This is why lawyers dominate politics in the West.
The average citizen does not have the legal training or the time to mas- ter the details of local government. You probably do not have this time. Therefore, you must concentrate on doing what you can to teach people about biblical principles of civil government. If you have the opportunity to get involved in perhaps one specialized area of local civil government where your input can make a difference, then you should do so.
Christian Economics Volume 3: Activist’s Edition by Gary North
In the West, law guilds work to limit/restrict who can get access to shape, direct and interpret the law. Money is definitely involved, but it is not the only factor. Class, origins, race, and family connections can be of importance, depending on the time period and culture.
Religion and ideology are factors as well: as of 2019, support for homosexuality and same-sex marriage is mandatory in several law guilds, which serve (thanks to legal restrictions) as gatekeepers to political power. I expect ideological test to continue to increase in secular societies, serving the same purpose as public oaths to Christ, good family governance, and church membership in Christian societies, or Party Membership and correctly reciting current Proper Thought in Communist ones.
Consider it as a modern caste system, to remind Christians of their place in secular society, and who will get what to whom.
The Third Imperium does indeed have a legal system: GURPS Traveller ties it to the French Civil Code, as opposed to English Common Law, its messy and ungovernable juries, its distasteful notions on personal liberty, its blatherings about public accountability &oversight, and the annoying presumption of innocence. All administrative law in the United States take the French approach as normative: for example, taxation law.
While the West invests law-making powers with lawyers from the right schools, the right certifications, and the right ideological background, the Third Imperium ties such power with the Nobility: people from the right families, coupled with serious amounts of military and financial muscle, and a history — preferably multi-generational — of loyalty to the Iridium Throne.
Imperial judges are VERY different people than Western judges, who are different from Chinese Party judges, who differ from Sharia judges, who are distinct from Russian judges.
For one and all, though, the primary concern is securing the safety of the State, and not justice. There is a shared obsession with upholding the exact details of the law, due process to the letter, regardless of the outcome, good or evil.
Justice, as Determined by God
My personal recommendation is for believers to get serious about setting the standard for justice, in their public and private lives. Recall that one reason for the Imperial Roman government to shift to a Christian government was exactly because the Christians were quite good at governing themselves, and had earned the respect of both the rulers and the ordinary people.
How this was done is spelled out by several Christian Reconstructionists: Bojidar Marinov is especially clear on this. In the article Don’t Plant Churches, Build Covenant Communities, he writes:
While the detailed breakdown of the work a missionary should do will require a book rather than an article, here we can at least sketch the necessary steps:
First, a missionary should work to build the intellectual foundation for a future Christian civilization. This means he must make available to his flock the richness of the Christian literature we have accumulated throughout the ages on the application of the gospel to every area of life. […]
Second, a missionary must build the leadership of the covenant community. This doesn’t mean appointing “pastors” or deacons or any other ecclesiastical offices […] A missionary should work to raise and train elders and judges who will be the foundation for building the alternative economic and judicial life of the Christian community. […]
Third, a missionary must work as a “legislator” who helps the newly formed Christian communities establish their own covenant rules for acceptable conduct and relationships. The law of the community must be based on the Bible and must reflect the justice and the righteousness of the law of God, taking into account the general rules (the Ten Commandments), the case laws (the Pentateuch), and the judicial and moral applications (in the rest of the Bible). Unbelievers clearly see the goodness and the majesty of God in His law (Deut. 4:5-8); without God’s law applied in the community, there isn’t much that can attract the masses of people to Christ.
Fourth, a missionary must preach and work to establish an ethics of rewards and charity in the new converts. A strong pro-business attitude and appreciation of the problem-solvers-that is, the entrepreneurs-is an integral part of a Christian community that plans to survive long-term in a hostile environment. […]
And fifth, a missionary must establish a system for transferring the faith, the commitment, and the wisdom of the covenant community to the next generation. No Christian community can survive and thrive and fight the good fight without specifically Christian education of its children. […]Don’t Plant Churches, Build Covenant Communities by Bojidar Marinov
Nowhere does Marinov direct the subversion of political institutions, seizing the mode of production, launching conspiracies and coups, or infiltrating the government. “Do what’s right, and teach others to do what is right” is the focus.
What is stressed is taking personal responsibility for yourself, your people, and the environment around you. Rather than pining for a Leader to Save and Protect Us.
For many years after the fall of the Roman Empire, that’s what Christendom had as the ideal government: a government that was limited to being a judiciary. The kings and governors had their own property that they ruled as private owners, and their subjects had their property that they ruled as private owners. Property was thus legally protected against government confiscation. There were wars and invasions, provinces changed hands from one ruler to another, but the inhabitants of those provinces kept their properties, and the systems of ownership seldom changed. For the average property owner in France in the 14th and the 15th century, for example, it barely mattered whether his province was under the King of England or under the King of France, or under the Duke of Burgundy; he would still own his land and would produce on his land. The only thing that changed was the judges he had to go to in case there was a crime or a dispute. In such a system, a property owner didn’t have to meet any government officials all his life, and didn’t have to worry who was a government official in the first place. Voting was held for local village and town councils, but even there, who or what party was in power didn’t mean much: property was protected, period. As I pointed out in a lecture many years ago, “Europe as a Mirror to America,” even the Parliaments in medieval times were rather a judicial authority, sort of a supreme court, not a legislative or an executive authority.Enlightenment’s Patriarchalism and Women’s Suffrage, by
The king, the emperor, the flag over your head: that doesn’t matter too much, so long as the law is godly… and therfore, just. With just laws, your life, liberty, and property is protected.
(To its credit, the Third Imperium tries to achieve this, when the Emperor & the Nobility are thinking straight. Sometimes, they even hit the mark!)
Liberty is the goal: a Christian civilization of justice and liberty for all, the weak and the strong, women and men, as Christ commands in His Kingdom. Not a Pagan civilization of state power and emperor-worship in the name of Safety, or the Will of the People (as determined by the Party, the Right Sort, or the Aristocracy.)
Imperial Law Meets Divine Law
In 452 a Christian bishop left the City of Rome on a journey north to the river Po. His goal was a diplomatic mission that would shake the world. A Christian bishop was sent by the Emperor to save Rome. It’s been a little over twenty years since Augustine (354-430) died, and Augustine had to defend Christianity against pagan claims that the gods were angry against Rome because of the Christians. Rome wasn’t Christian yet – the majority of its population was still pagan. And now a Christian bishop was on a mission to save the lives, the liberties, and the property of both Christians and pagans.
The Bishop’s name was Leo I, Bishop of Rome. He was on his way to meet the Scourge of God, the most formidable threat the Empire had ever met, Attila the Hun.
The last time a Christian bishop shook the world was 60 years earlier when Ambrose, the Bishop of Milan, threatened Emperor Theodosius with excommunication unless he repented for the massacre of 7,000 tax-protesters in Thessalonika. No one ever threatened a Roman Emperor before. No priest ever dared stand in the way of the civil authorities when they collected the taxes. Theodosius was a battle-hardened veteran. He had accompanied his father who put down a rebellion in Britain and Gaul by the united forces of the local Celtic tribes and deserters from the Roman Army. He was the last great emperor of the united Roman Empire. And he was an orthodox, Trinitarian Christian with a vengeance. But the Bishop of Milan treated him like a Barbarian for the massacre of those tax-protesters. Theodosius replied in anger that he was coming to seize Ambrose’s church and drag Ambrose out. Ambrose’s reply was a revolution in the ancient world: “You have no right to enter a private person’s home. What makes you believe you have the right to enter God’s home?”
Theodosius’ response was the response of a true Christian: He repented. His soul was saved. But the Empire wasn’t the same anymore. The fearless defense by Ambrose of the life, liberty and property of those ordinary people who paid taxes put an end to the absolute rule of the Emperors. Ambrose was the hero of the ordinary people. Christianity grew in influence, and in numbers. If the Bishop could stand his ground against the Emperor, how much greater must that Bishop’s God be!The Church, the Barbarians and the Growth of Christianity by Bojidar Marinov
I doubt if there are ten preachers in America that has the spine of Ambrose. I know for a fact that the the leading preachers of America *waves to Franklin Graham, et al* will never challenge the current emperor.
And thus, they give up the moral standing to challenge any future emperor, of whatever party. But that’s a small price to pay for personal safety and comfort, in their view.
The Traveller applicatio is obvious.
Modern Christianity, in a sharp contrast to the Christianity of the previous centuries, is culturally passive. The Puritans in England, being only a small percentage of the population, exercised enormous influence by their unstoppable enthusiasm to make the whole culture submit to Christ. Europe itself, being only a small portion of the world in terms of resources, territory, and population, nevertheless changed the world culturally and civilizationally because it was the Christendom, a civilization built to exhibit the glory of God. The modern dualistic separation between personal piety and cultural involvement was always foreign to Christians in the past. A Christian’s duty was to obey God personally and culturally. There was no separation between the two.
In comparison, modern Christianity, far from being a faith that conquers the world and its kingdoms, is a religion of passive waiting. Evangelical and Reformed celebrities insist that the church shouldn’t even attempt to change the culture; there is no such thing as a Christian culture, or government, or art, or science, or anything else. These areas are not under the mandate of man to conquer. Man’s only purpose is to be saved; as we saw in the previous point, the Gospel is limited to man’s salvation. Thus, whether one is an amillennialist or a premillennialist, all a person can do is wait for that final day of history or of his life, in order to finally “get home.” Teaching the Whole Counsel of God by Bojidar Marinov
Ah yes. The difference between winners who work and fight, and losers who whine and gripe.
The difference between writing the laws that keep the wicked down, and being held down by the laws of the wicked.
Whether in the here and now, or in the Far Future, justice matters. And justice is defined by God, and not by powerful and wealthy men… of whatever party.
(And their bough-n-paid for intellectual go’fers, court priests — black- or white-cloaked — and media megaphones.)