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Memorize these principles:
"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom.
What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.
The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.
When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.
You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it." Dr. Adrian Rogers, 1931
COMMENT: Conservative authors (like Adrian Rogers) are good at critiquing the opposition, but not very good at addressing the righteousness of the opposition's position. The earth is, as "liberals" say, given to all persons on it, not just to the rich and powerful. The rain comes on the just and the unjust. That is the basis of honest economic justice, and of redistribution of wealth. "Liberals" do not normally note that the earth belongs to God, not to any of us, and we are required to administer the earth according to the will of God -- Love your neighbor just like you love yourselves (2nd highest commandment in the cosmos -- Matthew 22). The world is given by God to all the people, not by "liberal" governments.
In any event, the way of redistribution cannot be at gunpoint, i.e., by government coercive demand. It comes about in two ways: (1) by the very effect itself of the freemarket economy; (2) by personal generosity; and, (3) by the command of God. Without the command of God, there is no moral content to redistribution (or anything else).
Neither (1) nor (2) will operate well outside of the Biblical worldview and moral commitment, i.e., obedience to the law and grace of God. So, there must be a social moral consensus which unites both rich and poor in one common bond (all and each made in the Image of God. It is the moral consensus (necessarily under God) which set the people free to love each other, rich or poor. The world without God is stuck with might-makes-right, power-struggle, and the devil take the hindmost. Love and charity do not survive, do not even make sense, in such a society.
A Godly freemarket economy does not include monopoly capitalism any more than it includes socialism or communism or fascism. It works only under a limited, not a centralized, government. Most monopoly capitalism arises out of corporations buying out politicians and thus getting the economic structure tilted their way.
Honest freemarket capitalism means the separation of State and Commerce. Government is the referee, not a player in the economic game. A capitalism with honest government will have a hard time controlling the economy. And there will be a constant upflow of small businesses challenging any monopoly corporations who will have to exist on their merits, not by special government subsidies and privileges.
Conservative writers should make constant note, not only of their personal "rights", but even more importantly, of the obligations we all have, especially of the richer to help the poorer. Otherwise, their "liberal" opposition rightly rejects their pleas for a freemarket. They have what they have from God and are morally required to spend their excess on the poor so long as there are poor.
In other words, the social welfare program should be built on the family, freewill giving, and non-governmental social agencies. Not on government -- which always becomes a vote-buying system, and leads to dependency and apathy of the people, slavery on a government plantation.
Only the law and grace of God can set us free -- both personally and socially.
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