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Can We Please Stop Pretending that Christianity is Anti-Socialism? Please? Pt 1

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And being a person who studies evolutionary systems, I can further testify that striving to make economic systems as much like amoral, brutal, war-like evolution is just not the best idea. The theoconservative success in pushing aside much of the New Deal in favor of libertarianism has had bad results, results the right is trying to hide. As when French and Sekulow descend into sloppy sophistry by citing Eurotroubles as proof of the inferiority of progressive sociocapitalism compared to Christocapitalist America. This is perverse because Europe's problems are too a great extent the result of being suckered by the libertarian cant into adopting dysfunctional Randian-Misean policies that also damaged US finances to they degree they degraded Eurofinances -- one reason secular Canadians are so calm these days is because tight regulations prevented a real estate bubble-collapse, minimizing the injury. While the American middle class has been stuck in a rut since the advent of the Reaganomics founded on Spencer-Mises-Hayek-Randonomics, Germany and some of Scandinavia has come to enjoy better upper mobility, employment levels and compensation because of more collectivist, prounion policies that have preserved a strong manufacturing base. Censured by many on the left because it's run by business executives from top companies, even the World Economic Forum ranks Sweden and Switzerland as more economically competitive than the US that lost its top position after years of libertarian economics, and other hybrid economies score almost as high. Secularly progressive New York and Massachusetts have more and better jobs than conservative Christian Rick Perry's Texas. In my statistically rigorous technical studies (http://www.epjournal.net/filestore/EP07398441_c.pdf) I have repeatedly challenged those on the right to publish an equally comprehensive peer reviewed analysis showing that Americans are better off in terms of homicide, incarceration, juvenile and adult mortality, STD infections, abortion, teen pregnancy, mental illness, illicit drug use, and so on than the rest of the 1st world which is far less libertarian or pious. So far nothing as shown up, and I'm not holding my breath because the data is just not there.

 

That's it for demonstrating the ironic and important truth that the Richards, French and Sekulow trinity cannot refute -- that one way or another, directly or indirectly, the profit obsessed and wealth adoring social Darwinism developed and promoted by the godless libertarian quadruplicity of Spencer, Mises, Hayek and Rand has been heretically embraced as Godly by the Christian right despite the scarcity of libertarianism in the protosocialist Holy Bible. But demonstrating it is not close to being enough. Getting the word out about The Great Theocon Libertarian Contradiction is next vital step. That's what Part 2 (www.opednews.com/articles/Can-We-Please-Stop-Pretend-by-Gregory-Paul-110903-97.html) will take a look at.

 

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Footnote - That Acts was describing a Christian egalitarian ideal is in accord with the old timey radio preacher I heard while driving down the road when Nixon was president. He was going on about how the members of the earliest churches got along so wonderfully with one another that they had no need for property, and shared and shared alike without poverty to afflict them or wealth to corrupt them. While it sounded like a comparison of the ideal then to corrupt modernity, being more conservative back in those days -- I've since matured -- I suddenly said to the radio "but isn't that communism?" About the same time the preacher said something like "now children, that wasn't communism because the communists make you do it."  

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Gregory Paul is an independent researcher interested in informing the public about little known yet important aspects of the complex interactions between religion, secularism, culture, economics, politics and societal conditions. His scholarly work (more...)
 

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