The Question of Evil: Libertarian, Darwinian and Biblical Perspectives

In an opinion piece entitled, "Are We Rome Yet?" Libertarian John Stossel writes that a group of libertarians gathered in Las Vegas recently for an event called "FreedomFest" during which they debated whether America will soon fall as Rome did.  (Stossel,  July 31, 2013, Townhall.com)

Matt Kibbe for example---president of the tea party group FreedomWorks---commented on the ominous parallels between modern America and Rome:

"The parallels are quite ominous -- the debt, the expansionist foreign policy, the arrogance of executive power taking over our country... But I do think we have a chance to stop it."

Libertarians are motivated by the question of evil: why does it exist and what can be done about it. 

 They believe that through movements like the tea party, libertarian philosophy and events like FreedomFest that hopefully alert people to the danger in imperial Washington and try to fight it that they can wake up the public.   This is our only  hope, said Stossel.

Despite that some Christians embrace Libertarianism, at bottom it is a form of materialist atheism that with Freud believes the supernatural Triune God is an illusion since all that exists is matter in motion, so by extension, man is not fallen, is capable of perfecting himself and evil arises from unjust social institutions, moral laws, sexual ethics, and all other restraints on autonomous man's freedoms.  

Ayn Rand is one of Libertarianism's most influential thinkers and is therefore representative of the Libertarian worldview.   Rand was an egocentric atheist whose philosophy called Objectivism combined elements from Aristotelian rationalism (knowledge begins in the senses), Nietzschean 'superman' atheism, Adam Smith's capitalism, Sigmund Freud's materialist-based illusionism (God is an illusion caused by movement of chemicals in the brain) and hedonistic egoism.  

Rand declared that life spontaneously generated and/or created itself from eternally existing matter in much the same way as the Egyptian Sun-God Ra created himself from eternally existing primordial waters (matter).  For Rand then, the god she has raised up over the earth,

"...this god whom men have sought since men came into being, this god who will grant them joy, and peace and pride (is in) one word: I."  (For the New Intellectual, p. 65)

Rand populated her novels with morally and intellectually perfected heroic men and women (supermen) who by their own great intelligence, courage and independence changed the face of the earth.   Following this line of egoistic reasoning, heroic Libertarians such as Stossel and Kibbe believe that if they deliver the "right" knowledge to sleeping Americans they will "wake up" to their dangers and fight back.  

This line of reasoning makes sense only if self-created man is basically good (not fallen) and his capacity for self-redemption comes from right knowledge and unfettered liberty to do whatever he wants so long as it doesn't harm anyone.   By extension of this way of reasoning, right and wrong are determined by a majority of people.  This is moral relativism, a type of nihilism wherein the eternally unchanging Triune God does not exist and life has no higher, fixed meaning or purpose with neither hope of an afterlife nor any accountability to his Maker for his actions here in this world, therefore,  since men no longer have reason and purpose for being good, they are free to be bad.  

This is where Libertarianism falls apart.  Where there is no fixed meaning, purpose, ultimate accountability and no restraining influence of Biblical morality, Libertarianism quickly devolves into the evils of Anarchy, which then quickly leads to yet more evil, the necessity for Caesar-- totalitarianism.

Over on the conservative Free Republic website a fan of Thomas Malthus and Darwin offered his self-described "humble opinion" and implied prescription to the concerns raised by Libertarians.   He begins by saying that though we like to believe otherwise, our evolved species isn't that long "out of the trees" and the same laws of nature that affect all of God’s creatures apply equally to us, meaning that when species, especially the genetically inferior, are allowed to reproduce without limitations there will be dire  consequences.

With respect to the genetically inferior---the weak, lazy and stupid according to the Darwinian---when they are allowed to reproduce unimpeded they soon outnumber the genetically superior---the strong, productive, and intelligent---and when the genetically inferior dominate the gene pool, the entire population becomes "weak/ lazy/stupid, and then the population collapses."

According to the Darwinian, in the past when these collapses occurred they were referred to as a “Malthusian Collapse.” Though Malthus, a Nineteenth Century Economist, never really pinned down the exact reason for these collapses, it is now thought that they occur whenever the genetically inferior greatly outnumber the genetically superior and being too lazy to perform the work necessary to provide for themselves, what's left of the genetically superior refuse to continue to do it for them.

Here we have another egocentric atheist philosophy that combines elements from Aristotelian rationalism (knowledge begins in the senses), Malthusian population control schemes, Nietzschean 'superman' atheism, both Darwin's materialist evolutionary conception and a spiritual 'pantheist' conception. 

Darwin was a physical materialist, which means that all that exists is physical matter and evolutionary energies (elemental spirits) acting on matter, thus the supernatural Triune God, heaven, hell, demons, angels, soul/spirit do not and cannot exist.

But the mention of a God bespeaks a nonphysical or spiritual evolutionary conception such as Teilhard de Chardin’s quasi-Hindu pantheist idea which has a god-force emerging from spontaneously generated matter, making all matter spiritual and divine rather than merely physical, while evolutionary energies become living, conscious self-directed forces like the Force of Star Wars.

The Darwinist turns out to be an evolutionary theist whose god is a Gnostic Manichean demiurge, a pathetically limited, demonic deity that is the deterministic cause of all evil---death, suffering, and of course of unfit, weak, stupid life forms.

But in the Darwinists Gnostic tale of good versus evil all is not lost as the divine living Force otherwise known as “laws of nature” selected (predestined) a few highly evolved human beings and setting them apart from the rest of the genetically lazy, stupid herd (forces of corruption/evil) endowed the small, select brotherhood of heroes with the super genes of strength, courage, intelligence and great wisdom.

It is up to the band of heroes to defeat evil and its' genetic spawn by way of abortion (of the unfit, unwanted), euthanasia (of worthless human vegetables), eugenics (careful breeding of the genetically superior), and the Final Solution: famine and genocide---mass murder of the genetically unfit.

The Gnostic Manichean Marxist Communists put this plan in motion and liquidated 60,000,000+ unfit human weeds, dinosaurs, and other useless eaters while Hitler's Socialists accounted for about 30,000,000 more.

While the Libertarian and Darwinian answer to evil boils down to, "the devil made me do it," God's Word charges out of the gate with the vastly uncomfortable, entirely offensive words,

"There is not a righteous man, not even one..." Romans 3:10

Romans 3:10 is eloquently expressed by Alexander Solzhenitsyn in his response to the Gnostic Manichean view of good and evil held by Marxist Communists:

"The line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being." (The Deadliest Monster, J.F. Baldwin, p. 58)

The brilliant psychotherapist Victor Frankl, who survived Auschwitz and all the horrors of Nazi death camps saw human nature at its best and worst.  In a paraphrase of  Romans 3:10 he said,

"After all, man is that being who has invented the gas chambers of Auschwitz; however, he is also that being who has entered those gas chambers upright, with the Lord's Prayer or the Shema Yisrael on his lips." (ibid)

The checks and balances within the power structure of our government's judicial, legislative, and administrative branches is due to Madison's conviction that all men are by nature children of wrath (Eph. 2:3) bent inward on themselves and if given half the chance, will further their own interests at the expense of others.   While Libertarians, Darwinists and other atheists call this a backwards, superstitious, and pessimistic view of man, Madison thought it was a very realistic view of the human condition.  

Commenting on man's fallen condition, his kindly Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde sides, Blaise Pascal said,

"What sort of freak then is man!  How novel, how monstrous, how chaotic, how paradoxical, how prodigious!  Judge of all things, feeble earthworm, repository of truth, sink of doubt and error, glory and refuse of the universe!.....Certainly nothing jolts us more rudely than this doctrine (inherent sinfulness), and yet, but for this mystery, we remain incomprehensible to ourselves." (ibid, pp. 58-59)

 Men can be both bestial and heroic.  Even little children recognize this, according to psychologist Bruno Bettelheim:

"There is a widespread refusal to let children know that the source of much that goes wrong in life is due to our very own natures---the propensity of all men for acting aggressively, asocially, selfishly, out of anger and anxiety.  Instead, we want our children to believe that, inherently, all men age good.  But children know that they are not always good, and often, even when they are (bad), they would prefer not to be.   This contradicts what they are told by their parents and therefore makes the child a monster in his own eyes." (ibid, p. 59)

Libertarianism, Darwinism, and all other atheist philosophies are forms of nihilism unable to account either for life or the being of man, and because they are morally relative, they are unable to address the issue of evil without making everything much worse.

We will remain incomprehensible to ourselves and unable to understand why things are going so very wrong here in America unless we turn back to our Divine Creator, the ultimate Source of Life, Truth, Moral Law and man's being.   We must return with the understanding and acceptance of our fallen nature because as Pascal said, unless we know ourselves,

"...to be full of pride, ambition, concupiscence, weakness, wretchedness and unrighteousness, we are truly blind." (ibid, p. 60)

@Linda Kimball

 

Statists and liberals: where they are located on the Founders' political spectrum

In "This Is What It Comes To" a disgusted Eric Erickson wrote,

"I see Republicans in Congress waffling on Obamacare....  Republican Governors slowly folding over expanding medicaid and state exchanges.....300 Republicans (begging) the Supreme Court to impose gay marriage on the nation by unilateral fiat because they’re inconvenienced by it as a political issue and want to move on."   "In Georgia, I see the State GOP raising taxes and refusing to pass religious liberty legislation. I see a party in the pocket of millionaires giving the middle finger to the middle class. And I see a bunch of politicians prostituting themselves to billionaires and trying to repackage their policies as “conservative” when they are not."   "What the hell does the GOP stand for anymore other than “we’re not Obama”? No kidding. He’s more competent. The GOP, at this point, stands for nothing and the highest bidder at the same time."  (Red State, Mar.21, 2015) 

Much confusion reigns today because we no longer believe "In the beginning God created," and by extension that man, though God's spiritual image-bearer is fallen but rather that because man is an emergent product of evolution he is evolving to greater and greater heights.  Adding more fuel to the confusion-fire is the left-right political dichotomy.

Communism is on the left we are told to believe and Fascism comes from the right, while people and parties are called either "leftist" or "rightist." Adding to the confusion, Liberals believe absolutely that even though moral absolutes do not exist, evil nevertheless absolutely comes from the Right.   The evil Right is supposedly the party of evil white people guilty of racism, homophobia, xenophobia, ageism, fundamentalism, anti-evolutionism, and anti-scientism. Furthermore, Progressive Liberal educrats condition the minds of America's gullible youth with this insanity writes Dennis Prager in his article, "Black Murders Eight Whites; Media Blames Whites,"

"After 50 years of being inundated with stories of white racism, and being taught in college that in this white-dominated society, only a white can be a racist, the American public has been properly brainwashed into accepting the otherwise incredible: A black man murdered eight white people at his place of work because they were white, and the media story is about the murderer's alleged experiences of racism."(Townhall.com, Aug. 2010) 

America is imploding, and due in large part to the fallacious evolutionary account of origins and the fallacious left-right dichotomy, the underlying infection and its' carriers cannot be clearly identified. Consequently, we fight against symptoms rather than the cause of infection, which is an exercise in futility. To clear the air, we need to think in terms of man's sinfulness together with the Founder's rather ingenious political spectrum, a yardstick for measuring political power in any system of government. The Founders' yardstick is not about political parties or grassroots movements such as today's Tea Party but about political power and the psychology of those who lust after power.

As humanity is not self-sufficient the need arises for living together in a community. Government is therefore a necessary system of ruling or controlling. In the American Dictionary of the English Language, 1828, Noah Webster defines government as:

"The exercise of authority; direction and restraint exercised over the actions of men in communities, societies or states; the administration of public affairs, according to established constitution, laws and usages, or by arbitrary edicts."

On the Founder's yardstick, the two extreme forms of governance are Anarchy and Tyranny, or in today's vernacular, Utopian Statism and its' co-dependent, the Liberalized masses. These two extremes are placed at either end of the spectrum. Statists, whether described as oligarchs, totalitarians, despots or Technocrats for example, are on the far left while the cult of the unrestrained libido (Liberals) are on the far right.

Included within the definition of Liberal are all who demand an end to moral restraints and the two created sexes in favor of an unfolding menu of evolved genders.   In this light we can see that certain Republicans, Independents, Libertarians, militant atheists, Liberal Christians, and Democrats are anarchists as measured by the Founders yardstick.

At the one extreme there is neither moral law nor cultural restraint. At the other extreme there is oppressive control and too much government — Big Brother, in other words. Both extremes are united by moral relativism, unrestrained passions, will to power, and arbitrary edicts, which are merely politicized caprice, whim, envy, vengeance-seeking, lust, resentment, and covetousness.

Occupying the middle area of the spectrum are the heirs of yesterday's Founding generation: Constitutional Conservatives of every skin color, both sexes and from every walk of life. Like the Founders, they believe the rights of all people are unalienable (from the supernatural Creator) and cannot be violated without risking the wrath of Divine Justice. And whether believers or not, they hold that Christianity is one of the West's central foundational pillars:

"The Christian religion is the religion of our country. From it are derived our prevalent notions of the character of God, the great moral governor of the universe. On its doctrines are founded the peculiarities of our free institutions." (William McGuffey, d. May 4, 1873, professor at the University of Virginia, president of Ohio University, and author of McGuffey's Readers; earstohear.net)

Constitutionalists also believe that individual liberty lives or dies according to whether the people are self-controlled and virtuous or lacking self-control and thereby depraved:

"No people will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can any be easily subdued, when knowledge is diffused and Virtue is preserved. On the Contrary, when People are universally ignorant, and debauched in their Manners, they will sink under their own weight without the Aid of foreign Invaders." (Samuel Adams, Founding Fathers, earstohear.net)

Why are only virtuous people capable of individual freedom? In simple terms, all men are fallen, hence compound mixtures of strengths and weaknesses, good and evil. In short, all men are both kindly Dr. Jekyll and evil Mr. Hyde. Virtuous people are those who over time and with great self-sacrifice, personal suffering, and perseverance, have learned — however imperfectly — to restrain their Mr. Hyde compulsions and appetites. In attainment of self-control, virtuous people are by consequence capable of self-governance. This means that they are able to live and work within an atmosphere of limited government, or just enough government to protect liberty, rights, decency, order, and property but not too little that anarchy ensues. Without virtue, liberty degenerates into the madness that now characterizes America and the West:

"What is liberty without virtue? It is the greatest of all possible evils...madness without restraint. Men are qualified for civil liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains upon their own appetites." (Edmund Burke, 1791 at the National Assembly, earstohear.net)

Statists and Liberals

What distinguishes God-less neo-pagan Communism,

"... from the fanatical authoritarian religions with which it has so many points in common is... its rigid, dogmatic and uncompromising exclusion of any element in life lying outside the confines of the present material world....Truth and objectivity are of minor importance. The main purpose is to defame and denounce in every way." Communism is "the faith without God." (William Henry Chamberlin, Russia's Iron Age, p. 311)

On the Founder's spectrum, Communism, Fascism, radical Islamism, and Socialism would be on the left since they are sinister totalitarians.  Communists, Fascists, Socialists, and today's globalists are actually neo-pagan and mystical pantheists (collectivists) marching under the banner of social justice, science and biological evolution.  In this light, Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, Mao, Fidel, George Soros, "elite" green environmentalists, certain GOP-elites, Obama's Czars and Obama for example, are located on the far left as they are adherents of totalitarian systems.

On the extreme right are the Liberalized masses, the morally debauched product of fifty years of systematic demoralization, a diabolical agenda stealthily carried out by neo-pagan Progressive mind-conditioners of cognitive dissonance and moral depravity.    Today's Liberalized majority are self-centered, self-absorbed emotional tyrants in adult size bodies. They are whining, nasty narcissists full of the pride and unrestrained appetites that brazenly define selfishness,  obscenity, pornography, blasphemy, covetousness, hedonism, sodomy, sadomasochism, laziness, and envy as "Constitutional rights." These are the depraved individuals who believe that money and rights grown on trees, and for example, persecute Christian bakers and riot in our city streets, burning, looting, and shooting cops because they believe that anyone who hurts their feelings should be charged with a hate crime and destroyed.

Liberalism is the default position of self-centered children, notes Reb Bradley, author of "Born Liberal Raised Right." Bradley argues that sexually, today's America is,

"a nation ruled by its passions." "Heinous acts of casual disregard for life, unheard of fifty years ago, have become a familiar item on the evening news; students killing classmates, children murdering their playmates....these gruesome crimes are merely symptomatic of a breakdown of moral fiber..." (ibid, pp. 2-3)

That extreme far right and extreme far left factions are united in a twisted co-dependent relationship makes sense really, for as virtuous people are those who are most capable of self-governance, they represent however imperfectly, true adulthood, discipline, strength, authority, truth, reality, courage, and order, which things the other two insurrectionist factions deeply resent and desire the overthrow and destruction of, thus are in rebellion against.

Peter Hitchens, author of "The Rage Against God: How Atheism Led Me to Faith," says of this sick relationship, there is an,

"...alliance between political utopianism (totalitarianism) and the new cult of the unrestrained self, unleashed into the Western world by Sigmund Freud and Wilhelm Reich, by Alfred Kinsey and Herbert Marcuse, promoted by the self-pitying anthems of rock music, and encouraged by the enormous power of "progressive" education in which so many cultural revolutionaries work." (p. 135)

America's Spirit of Madness

Sanity is the ability to recognize right from wrong independently of personal feelings, fears, impulses, desires, and compulsions. Rational thinking then, is reasoning disciplined to resist the corrupting influence of irrational feelings, thus allowing for the acceptance of truths that contradict feelings (i.e., hatred, envy), desires, and fancies. In short, rational thinking is morally-informed reasoning. It is dispassionate, rightly-ordered and logical, and is the fruit of impulse-control and unswerving commitment to enduring truths, moral law, and principle.

Irrational reasoning (sophistry) is the opposite. Irrationality is the inability to recognize right from wrong independent of irrational feelings, impulses, and compulsions. By the degree to which the moral sense is corrupt, so too is reason. The greater the degree of corruption, the more depraved is reason.

This being the case, the most frightening aspect of statist (collectivist) depravity is that through the White House, legislatures and courts emotional tyrants have the power to lead our country farther down the path to moral decline and from there into the abyss. Enabling them in all of this is America's cult of unrestrained libido, the millions of dumbed-down, demoralized Americans, of whom some are said to be "leftists" and others "rightists."

An astute commentator to the Prager Zeitung incisively cut through the confusion caused by the left-right dichotomy to reveal the dreadful reality:

"The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president." "The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America. Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince...The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool" "It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their president." (Prager Zeitung, freerepublic.com )

@Linda Kimball