Gary North’s Reality Check
I wrote a critique of Leftist commentator James Howard Kuntsler, who praises local government action to make it illegal to open a Walmart store or any other “big box” store, as he calls them. You can read my critique here: http://www.garynorth.com/public/10717.cfm
Kunstler has coined a phrase to describe Tea Party supporters: corn-pone Nazis. If you do a search for “corn-pone Nazi” you get a slew of articles by Kunstler.
He of course responded by calling me a corn-pone Nazi. You can read his response here: http://kunstler.com/blog/2013/03/reply-to-gary-north.html
He apparently thinks he is a very clever fellow for having coined this phrase, which he uses over and over. Yet what were fascist economics and Nazi economics? A government-business “partnership,” in which the state set the terms of trade. You know: just like the Good Old Boys on the zoning commission or city council set the terms of trade when they zone out Walmart or any other business. (The best book on Nazi economics is Adam Tooze’s 2006 book, The Wages of Destruction.)
I got the usual batch of outraged emails from Leftie haters of capitalism. But this one caught my attention. It began with this: From: Mike C. USN Veteran mike@[WXYZ].net. It cited my statement: “When Christianity adheres to the judicial specifics of the Bible, it produces free market capitalism.” He cited me accurately. I wrote that statement here: http://www.garynorth.com/public/10717.cfm.
Then he went on.
Message:When Christianity adheres to the judicial specifics of the Bible, it produces free market capitalism.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
Jesus would have abhorred the likes of Walmart. I do not recall him charging anyone for turning water to wine or parting the red sea. He would have been diametrically opposed to a company whose workers need food stamps.
Walmart is a force of evil in cahoots with our mortal enemy, the chinese. If we clumg to any remnant of Christianity, we would shun them. I am sorry you are to wrapped up in Kunstlers tone and disdain for the clownish American shopping mall culture. He is RIGHT to condemn Walmart.
If you were a Patriot, you would too.
Buy American. Shun Walmart traitors. Keep main street alive. Or are you ok with them OWNING us? Because they are now moving in on our movie theatres. To hell with China, and their partners.
I would rather starve than buy from our ENEMY.
You’ll see …
The man does not understand economics. He also does not understand Christian theology. Finally, he does not understand Jesus’ words.
I will now examine his statement, point by point. When you are finished reading it, I hope you will be immunized from similar state-deifying ideas that are opposed to liberty, opposed to the free market, and opposed to economic theory, and all in the name of Christian patriotism.
Jesus would have abhorred the likes of Walmart. I do not recall him charging anyone for turning water to wine or parting the red sea.
The theological point of miracles is this: they identify historic events as outside the space-time continuum. They are outside normal physical cause and effect. This is why atheists deny that miracles have ever taken place. Atheists fully understand the theology of miracles. They dismiss this as a false worldview.
But Mike C, USN Veteran, does not understand any of this. He sees Jesus as rejecting economic cause and effect, namely, TANSTAAFL: “There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch.” Because Jesus performed a miracle front and center at the wedding at Cana, and he performed an even bigger one from the shadows at the Red Sea, the idea that there should be prices on scarce resources is appalling to Mike. Such an idea is not Christian.
He failed to mention the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ 40 days in the wilderness. At the end of 40 days of fasting, the devil tempted him to have a free lunch. Turn these stones into bread, the devil suggested. Jesus responded, citing Deuteronomy 8:3: “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4).
The devil was tempting Jesus to substitute power for productivity. Jesus was not supposed to honor the limitations of reality in satisfying His own needs. Jesus rejected this suggestion for what it was: the power religion. Jesus did not preach the power religion.
Mike C. Went on. “He would have been diametrically opposed to a company whose workers need food stamps.”
Really? They need food stamps? Why do they need food stamps. I understand fully that they legally qualify for food stamps. So do 47 million other Americans. I fully understand that the food stamp program is the largest single subsidy that the U. S. Government offers to the gigantic agribusiness industry. I fully understand why Congress continues to make full-time workers eligible for food stamps. But I do not understand why Jesus would have made eligibility for food stamps a criterion for corporate ethics.
(For the rest of my article, click the link.)