I’m currently reading Liberty and Tyranny by Mark Levin, which is not what I expected. It’s much, much better than I expected, and smaller too. The tone is not angry (so far) in the least, but remarkably reserved. The author succinctly captures the essence of my own concerns, and also educates on aspects of which I had not been aware. Theme: statism is nearly finished transforming the government founded in the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution into a soft tyranny. Statists will continue eliminating the individual freedoms that have uniquely blessed this nation, unless those who appreciate the Constitution actively reform American governance to exist within the limits prescribed therein.
Not long ago, I listened to an Issues, Etc. show about the theology of Rush Limbaugh. The chief criticism was that Limbaugh seems to hold a somewhat utopian view of the free market. Levin corrects that impression. I haven’t heard whether Limbaugh disagrees with Levin on the free market, but I suspect he does not. Levin acknowledges that there are injustices and passing inefficiencies in the free market, as well as creative destruction. However, he points out that the free market is nevertheless the most efficient possible environment for the creation of wealth and the overall improvement of living conditions. I strongly suspect that most specific counter-examples of corporate pollution or abuse of workers can be linked to governmental limits placed upon the free market, such as legislation, rules or practices favoring certain enterprises, or even favoring those who pay big bucks for political access.
Meanwhile, I’ve begun listening to a free audio book from Project Gutenberg by Bishop Ambrose of Milan. It’s called “On the Duties of the Clergy,” and though the readers seem to have a soft, monkish quality, the book is edifying. Ambrose was the chief theological influence upon Augustine, and lived only shortly after Christianity became a legal religion in the Roman Empire.