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Monday, May 03, 2021

Free Trade is literally evil

Matt's Musings explores the Biblical perspective on free trade:

Communism is one of the dumbest forms of society conceivable. Nazism is just as bad, and feminism has a higher death toll than both of those two systems combined. But communism is so obviously dumb. It impoverishes a nation, it empowers the particularly wicked to get into positions where they can do maximum damage, it centralizes mediocrity into the halls of power, and it is inevitably self-defeating. The fact that communism is so popular still in the modern world after all the damage it has done, is all the proof we need that influential elements in film, media and academia, which are all responsible for shaping minds, are in the hands of its perpetrators and their descendants. That is the only way that its teachings can continually be whitewashed in the minds of young westerners.

I say this, so there is no confusion, nothing I say in criticism today of our modern economic system comes from a place of sympathy to communism. I despise communism as much as anyone despises Nazism. I think it is horrible and disgusting we didn’t outlaw communism decades ago when we had the chance. To me Nazism and Communism are different sides of the same evil coin.

But, what is interesting is that right now many former communist countries are on the rise, and virtually every western nation is on the decline. We have nicer things, that is for sure, but there is one thing in history that is more effective at destroying a people than any political ideology: that is unrestrained wealth and greed. That is what our system has become.

In real terms the government views us all as economic beings, and we spend most of our time acting as such, and this is not good. Prosperity can be both a blessing and a curse, and the Bible warns us, desperately, about this, and one of the most famous passages about the Devil in scripture is in this very context. Because being enamoured with your prosperity is exactly the mistake the devil made.

So, today I want to speak to the evils of our free trade system, and how the Devil uses it to corrupt us. I think this is so important for us all here, especially because of our wealth, because the Bible puts a lot of focus on warning those of us at ease, how dangerous that ease can be for our souls.

There is a LOT more to the article, including copious citations from the Bible, so read the whole thing there. It's fascinating to see that, once more, the Bible is well ahead of both the history and the science. I've mathematically proven that free trade is absolutely impossible for any nation that wishes to survive, and history has demonstrated that free trade is actually worse for a nation than communism, so it's fascinating to see that the truth of the matter was right there in front of our eyes all along in the Word of God. 

59 Comments:

Blogger Azure Amaranthine May 03, 2021 8:36 AM  

"it's fascinating to see that the truth of the matter was right there in front of our eyes all along in the Word of God."

Astronaut: "Wait, it's all the same as predicted again?"
Astronaut with a gun: "Always has been."

*Cue the nations of the earth drunk with the wine of the fornication of the Whore of Babylon.*

Tyre, Sidon, Jew York. Wine-Purple Phoenicians? Nope, Neo-Babylonians again, vs the Rock that makes them stumble.

The financial system is the blood of a nation. What then when the finances flow freely from nation to nation, lowest common denominator, drinking the blood of the innocent, enslaving to the most evil, spreading disease?

The blood is mixed until no one can tell whose the children are, if they even survive. This is the definition of a whore of nations.

Blogger Some Guy May 03, 2021 9:05 AM  

Let's just hope the powers of darkness are competent enough to pull this off so He can return. Level 2 awaits.

Blogger Canadian Warlord May 03, 2021 9:24 AM  

Some Guy,
Doesn't the entire idea of waiting around and watching your enemy gather strength, lend credence to the idea that the enemy is manipulating you through the knowledge of ancient prophecy?

Free trade is like any other bad political idea - it could have been stopped then when easier, but it's still just paper agreements between illegitimate representatives. Burn the paper. Tell Jesus to stay out, he's not going to solve all our problems for us - especially the small ones.

Blogger Shane Bradman May 03, 2021 9:27 AM  

If Pope Francis, the man who can do no right, criticizes usury, then you know for sure that usury is evil.

Blogger Iskander Magnus May 03, 2021 9:29 AM  

In the 1930s Christian opinion was grappling with these sort of ideas. See https://catalogue.nla.gov.au/Record/1645610
John Taylor Peddie, “The Economic Mechanism of Scripture”. It might be on Archive.org.

Blogger Azure Amaranthine May 03, 2021 9:39 AM  

"Let's just hope the powers of darkness are competent enough to pull this off so He can return. Level 2 awaits."

Disagree, I want the level 1 bonus round.

Blogger Darren May 03, 2021 9:51 AM  

@Azure You mean Astronot...

Blogger Luis May 03, 2021 9:53 AM  

I wonder how would St. Efan react to this sermon?

Blogger I don't think I like Conrad May 03, 2021 9:58 AM  

Fantastic article thank you!

In high school I read the words "trade curses everything it handles" in the Chapter titled 'Economy' of Thoreau's Walden. I found the words puzzling. Was he wrong? Crazy? Was there maybe something in it? But then history since the time of the civilizations on the Tigris, Euphrates and Nile has been inundated by trade!?

I never solved the puzzle, but I never forgot it either. Perhaps a revisit of Walden with fresh eyes is not a bad idea.

Blogger MN Ruth May 03, 2021 10:00 AM  

Thank you - sharing far and wide.

Blogger Harambe May 03, 2021 10:01 AM  

One of the (many) intrinsic flaws of communism is that it requires an overbearing government, but no country on earth could produce enough morally upright and capable people to fill all those positions.

As we see here in my country, there are basically two types of politicians: those who want to do good, but are incapable due to a lack of education (one of our presidents had a 5th grade education and not a good one at that), or those who are exceptionally capable, but are only there to butter the cheeks of those who helped them get there. And that goes for all levels, from petty tyrants at the "DMV", all the way to the people who decide how many dahkies have to be on the board of your publicly traded company.

Blogger Beardy Bear May 03, 2021 10:13 AM  

@2 You don't get it. This is the identical attitude as black mass. Get thee hence.

Blogger basementhomebrewer May 03, 2021 10:35 AM  

so it's fascinating to see that the truth of the matter was right there in front of our eyes all along in the Word of God.

I've heard many a Christian lament how boring and irrelevant Leviticus is. It's viewed as antiquated and boring yet, it carries most of God's prescription for how a society should be ordered. Modern Christianity ignores it at it's own peril.

Blogger pyrrhus May 03, 2021 10:37 AM  

Speaking of evil...https://www.armstrongeconomics.com/international-news/disease/2-year-old-dies-in-covid-vaccine-experiment/

Blogger English Tom May 03, 2021 10:39 AM  

"...influential elements in film, media and academia."

Hmm, who could he be referring to I wonder?

Blogger Ken Prescott May 03, 2021 10:51 AM  

All of this has happened before and all of it will happen again.

AND SOMEBODY TURN OFF THAT FRAKKING MUSIC!

Blogger MonsoonBear May 03, 2021 10:52 AM  

Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.

Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten.

Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.

Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth.

Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter.

Ye have condemned and killed the just; and he doth not resist you.

Blogger HighIQQQ May 03, 2021 10:52 AM  

Thank you, Vox.

Blogger Crush Limbraw May 03, 2021 10:53 AM  

Reading this immediately reminded me of a series of articles posted in DaLimbraw Library over tha last few years. While Matt writes about the Biblical imperative of maintaining the family inheritance, he didn't directly describe how it was administered in ancient Israel. This is what I pulled out doing a word search on FORGIVE US OUR DEBTS - https://crushlimbraw.blogspot.com/search?q=Forgive+us+our+debts&m=1 - a series of headnotes of articles posted, mostly referring to Michael Hudson's essays on the Lord's prayer mentioning the forgiving of debts, that it wasn't just about personal sins, but a social construct as well. In fact, several of those posts include commentary by our host Vox Day. A sample:
"Just because some people are inclined to binary-thinking, allow me to be very clear and state that I do not think this literal interpretation of the Lord's Prayer negates or adulterates in any way the metaphorical debt of sin to which Jesus Christ was without question referring. But given what we know of these matters after centuries of additional evidence concerning the matter, it is the exact opposite of far-fetched to imagine that the literal context is also relevant."
If you're interested further in understanding Biblical social theory, you might want to read MILLENNIALISM AND SOCIAL THEORY by Gary North. It is available as a free download at his website. As he says in the preface, the Bible is full of social theory - especially the Old Testament - which explains why it is not referred to by secular pundits and is ignored by most Churchians because they're interested only in personal piety.
In any case - it's a FYI.

Blogger MonsoonBear May 03, 2021 11:05 AM  

Gun Ghoul is awesome, btw

Blogger Yukichi Sensei May 03, 2021 11:09 AM  

Free trade is also logically unprovable. Each free good (goods, capital, people) needs to be perfectly free in the future to be functional. Its impossible.

Blogger Unknown May 03, 2021 11:18 AM  

Demonstration of how easy it is to hack the human mind. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RksLFJ7A2M&t=7s

Blogger Monkey Bear May 03, 2021 11:26 AM  

Thank you for sharing this.

Blogger T.L. Ciottoli May 03, 2021 11:37 AM  

Amen. Bring back the Orthodox Christian monarchy.

Blogger T.L. Ciottoli May 03, 2021 11:41 AM  

"Ease and idleness are the destruction of the soul and they can injure her more than demons." - St. Isaac the Syrian

Blogger c0pperheaded May 03, 2021 11:50 AM  

Vox, do you have an opinion on Distributism? I don't remember ever seeing you comment on it.

Blogger Doktor Jeep May 03, 2021 12:02 PM  

Looking back on my libertardian days in shame.....

Blogger VFM Bear May 03, 2021 12:11 PM  

What a great read. Although it doesn't mention libertarianism, it also explains why it got reduced to basically being about drugs and sex.

Blogger Harris May 03, 2021 12:19 PM  

Thanks for introducing me to this website. I read his entire sermon, and it makes me want to read more. What I really like about him is that he's looking to the Bible to define his theology, and not the wisdom of men.

Blogger Reprehensible Adam May 03, 2021 12:21 PM  

Score!

Blogger Based Boomer May 03, 2021 12:30 PM  

This explains why Marxists who actually studied Marx wanted Free Trade, because they believed it accelerated the inevitable march to Communism. Poland is a better nation than Germany, ironically, because Poland suffered Communism and is less economically attractive to foreigners. Poland is not poor, it just doesn't have the wealth of places like the UK or Germany.

Blogger NedFlinders May 03, 2021 12:51 PM  

Something something Nazis, something something evil.
Something something holocaust something something 6 gorillion.
This is how you know you're dealing with someone who hasn't broken out of the brainwashing yet and can't be trusted to hold a rational position on much of anything.
Communism was on the brink of rolling over Europe and Fascism was the only antidote worth a damn. It was doing a good job too until we backed the communists, or rather our small hat banker masters invested our blood and treasure into securing their world order.
Now we're paying the piper for our sins as the evils of communism fester in our own lands.
People that can't break out of their holocaustianity programming are ngmi.
We were the bad guys.

Blogger Some Guy May 03, 2021 1:37 PM  

@3

"Tell Jesus to stay out, he's not going to solve all our problems for us - especially the small ones."

Our Father who art in Heaven
Hallowed be thy name
Thy Kindgom come, Thy will be done
on earth as it is in Heaven
Give us this day our daily bread...

I politely disagree.

@12

"You don't get it. This is the identical attitude as black mass. Get thee hence."

Ephesians 3:10-21

Blogger map May 03, 2021 1:56 PM  

Free trade is such a fundamental evil that it makes manifest every other problem that economics was trying to solve. It leads to Monopoly, Mercantilism and the Marxist reserve-labor-force-of-the-unemployed, all in one fell swoop, as we are seeing right now.

In fact, the former communist countries that are really rising are the ones that adopted National Socialism as their underlying system, like Russia and China.

Blogger budbrewer May 03, 2021 2:23 PM  

What a great sermon! Thanks very much.

Blogger I don't think I like Conrad May 03, 2021 3:07 PM  

Ned (#32) that is exactly right.

Here is Leon Degrelle:

On June 22nd, 1941 began a battle to the death between the National Socialist Reich and Soviet Russia. Two imperialisms, two religions, two worlds grappled across the steppes and the sands of the east. England, isolated from Europe by the sea and with its principal riches scattered over distant lands, could not sense exactly the importance of the duel. It reacted by thinking more about its immediate interests, the relief of its island, than about what the fate of Europe would be if the Soviets were one day victorious. By contrast for us, the peoples of the European continent, that struggle was a decisive struggle. We, the sons of Europe, were thinking of the life of Europe. Whatever our judgement about the manner in which the war had started, whatever our regrets about the past, whatever bitterness there might have been at the foreign occupation of our countries, each of understood that well beyond the pleasant or unpleasant things experienced from 1939 to 1941 by our various countries, the fate of all of Europe was in the balance. This explains the extraordinary, spontaneous movement that aroused innumerable young men from Oslo to Seville, from Antwerp to Budapest. They didn't leave their beloved homes to serve the special interests of Germany. They left to defend 2,000 years of the highest civilization. Between an age-old Europe and the Soviet onslaught with its horrible levelling, overflowing with its swarming little tribes, they made their choice at once. A new generation, all over Europe, took its stand.

https://www.bitchute.com/video/oxxPQzTgQ5Cn/

Blogger SonyAD May 03, 2021 3:37 PM  

I'm old enough to remember a time when the left (or what called itself the left then) was, or at least pretended to be, for protectionism, trade tariffs. 'Free' trade is Evil.

But not as evil as banking. Banking is literally the root of all evil. And not just because muh charging of muh interest. It's because it's a privatised, ex nihilo, interest bearing debt based money system. And it's the only money we still have these days. And it's being used to steer society and fund all manner of heinous, reprehensible, egregious filthy evil. Such as injecting poison into billions of people, down to 6 months of age or younger. Buying up all property without having worked to earn it, then make the poison shot recipients live in pods and eat sewage and bugs until they finally succumb to the periodic poison shots.

Boomers gotta boom boom though. And go along with whatever the flavour of evil of the day is. Because muh left and muh socialism and muh quadrillions killed by state capitalist, nationalist countries.

Evil and tyranny and genocide is perfectly fine by boomers, if only perpetrated by or through or using the private sector. They love licking boots, as long as they're not government boots.

Blogger CM May 03, 2021 3:45 PM  

One of the core precepts of God’s People was that the land is tied to the people. Conservatives and libertarians absolutely rejecting blood and soil nationalism is part of the devouring of wealth in this country. The Levites not having land and residing in select cities was a punishment of disinheritance. That so much of our populace is moving into cities, dispossessed of land, is part of the economic rot that extends so far as China and one man buying our inheritance out from under us.

America is in for a rude awakening and we can not be silent about the whys and wherefores even if we can’t fix it. Future generations must be told why America has fallen.

Blogger Cable Salad May 03, 2021 3:49 PM  

Stefan is like a version of the Elven mage Bessarias who, after presented with the Truth by the Amorran missionary, still didn’t want to let go of his magic and continued to doom his soul.

I genuinely hope Stefan will come around eventually and find the Truth, but I‘m not counting on him to change his mind anytime soon. It’s more likely he‘ll blame it all on spanking, then take the mic and proceed to tell everybody about his abusive mother and admittedly horrible childhood.

Blogger Pierre May 03, 2021 4:19 PM  

> But communism is so obviously dumb.

This is not true. Normal people really have trouble understanding that communism is quite smart and very effective in achieving its goals, which are: revenge of the wicked against humanity and creating hell on Earth. It works. Every single time it was used, it was a great success. That explains its popularity among those who aim for these goals.

> It impoverishes a nation,

Yeah, making everyone poor and miserable is part of the goal.

> it empowers the particularly wicked to get into positions where they can do maximum damage,

Precisely, that's the goal, that's how the wicked get their revenge against humanity.

> it centralizes mediocrity into the halls of power,

That's on purpose. The mediocre and the wicked want power and revenge. They promote the most incompetent and make them your boss just to spite you and signal their power. "Yes, I can really make this idiot rule over you, I have power and you do not." And they get off watching them ruin your life, because that'll teach you.

It is for the same reason they import the worst kind of Diversity and put them in your backyard, or release dangerous criminals from prison, or bus your kids to drag queen story hour. It's always the same. This is done on purpose, it is not a mistake.

> and it is inevitably self-defeating.

Just like when SJWs destroy their own companies, they don't care, as long as it makes other people suffer, that's an acceptable cost. A true communist will sacrifice everything, even themselves, to ruin your life.

Blogger Azure Amaranthine May 03, 2021 4:37 PM  

"I politely disagree."

You're politely wrong.

It's the same line of thinking as "Shall we continue sinning so that grace shall increase?"

We shall not. Neither should we cheer evil onward so that the burden of dealing with it overwhelms us and passes from our responsibility.

"We were the bad guys."

Everyone was the bad guys. We just happened to be in thrall to the worst guys.

Blogger Jeremy V May 03, 2021 5:17 PM  

One of the coolest prophecies in the Bible...

Blogger FUBARwest May 03, 2021 5:23 PM  

Thanks for sharing a much needed message.

Blogger Plassa May 03, 2021 6:36 PM  

We don't have free trade!

Blogger scimitar May 03, 2021 6:41 PM  

I have done such a 180 degree change in my economics over the last several years.. Used to be "muh tax cuts " and "GDP uber alles".... Now, I wouldn't give 2 shits if we had the GDP of Albania if crime was low, people were healthy and happy.....

Blogger RedJack May 03, 2021 6:43 PM  

c0pperheaded wrote:Vox, do you have an opinion on Distributism? I don't remember ever seeing you comment on it. The biggest problem with Distributism is it needs an all powerful body to hand out the property and limit the companies. As envisioned, that would be the Roman Catholic church, which has a bang up job of being fair and impartial. In other words, it is like libertarianism. Works great if you are not dealing with reality

Blogger Based Boomer May 03, 2021 7:34 PM  

@40
I agree Communism is both dumb and effective at its goal of societal/gov./national destruction. It's nonsense to me that it's smart, since it means Free Trade absolutism (every country is like a US state) is also smart at achieving its goals of destroying the nations.

Blogger Some Guy May 03, 2021 8:04 PM  

“ We shall not. Neither should we cheer evil onward so that the burden of dealing with it overwhelms us and passes from our responsibility.”

You’re assuming it is our responsibility. It is not, Ours is the great commission, nothing more and nothing less. Again, politely disagree.

Blogger c0pperheaded May 03, 2021 8:24 PM  

I don't think that is necessary. Those decisions should all be done at the local level. I don't think the Church would ever have much involvement outside of general moral guidance. I don't think that Catholicism is required at all.

Blogger Ahărôwn May 03, 2021 8:34 PM  

Thanks for sharing this, Vox.

Blogger eclecticme May 03, 2021 9:17 PM  

Check out VD from the past on a similar topic
https://voxday.blogspot.com/2017/05/darkstream-why-communism-is-better-than.html
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgB8qjYI40g
VoxDay Darkstream 05.31.2017 Why Communism is better than Free Markets
8,253 views•May 31, 2017

Blogger John Rockwell May 03, 2021 9:23 PM  

@CM

Wrong. Levites being fed God's portion were not to work the land but rather to serve him in his Temple full time.

It's not a curse because the Nation of Israel is meant to provide for them from the land so that they can minister to God more directly.

That's why Levites only lived in Cities. Your statement is just making things up.

Blogger mathholic May 04, 2021 12:50 AM  

Always thanks for informative posts.

Could I humbly ask for the mathematical proof about the free trade thing in detail, which is mentioned in the post? I totally agree that free trade is so destructive for a nation, but my understanding is somewhat vague and intuitive, so I just want to have more profounding understanding about this topic.

Blogger CM May 04, 2021 7:47 AM  

Read the apportionment of land to Israel. It is part of their curse by Jacob in Genesis 49:5-7.

They were provided a role and Israel was commanded to care for them (as a sign of God’s mercy and grace). But their lack of inheritance is a direct consequence of Levi’s actions in Genesis.

Blogger eclecticme May 04, 2021 11:03 AM  

53. mathholicMay 04, 2021 12:50 AM
Always thanks for informative posts.

Could I humbly ask for the mathematical proof about the free trade thing in detail, which is mentioned in the post? I totally agree that free trade is so destructive for a nation, but my understanding is somewhat vague and intuitive, so I just want to have more profounding understanding about this topic


See Free Trade Doesn't Work: What Should Replace It and Why, 2011 Edition Paperback – February 17, 2011
by Ian Fletcher . VD has recommended this. It is a good book.

I cannot remember what is in the book for sure. If free trade gives 1.1 million gain to wall street and takes away 1 million from working class that is a net win for the US according to economists. The harm is very localized.

A skilled workforce and social cohesion is an asset and should be listed on the books. So free trade throws millions of middle west industrial workers out of work. Depression, divorce, alcoholism, drug use, suicides result. Also women marry the govt and have kids outside marriage. The feral offspring repeat the pattern.

So this asset has plummeted in value. How is this drop handled in the free trade ledger? IMO it never is. The math never sees it.

The Chinese play the long game. They may subsidize costs to destroy an industry in the US. OR just undercut the US industries thanks in part to US anti-industrial regulations. I read that 97% of US purchased anti-biotics (made via fermentation?) are made in China. I would have thought India had a piece of that? China now has a skilled anti biotic fermentation workforce. Where does that asset show up in the math? This destruction of multiple companies could not be handled on the books of a single company in a free market where only drug costs matter but could be caught by the US govt who should have stepped up. However, the Chinese have bribed many govt officials and the economic talking heads have their free trade dogma and are often in jobs protected by govt or ivy league contacts.

BTW The Chinese contaminated a precursor chemical used in several high BP meds. The US Walmart cost of one such med rose from $24/90 days you $211 for about a year.


Blogger eclecticme May 04, 2021 11:27 AM  

Something to keep an eye out for. Next time you hear some person talking on free trade (or immigration, which is related) ask what is their relation to the means of production. Are they and theirs protected from free trade (or immigration)? Govt employees always are as are those protected by an incestuous circle of ivy league graduate. Also many protected by govt regulations.

This is not educated vs uneducated. Get off the plane with a foreign MD degree and, without more, you clean toilets. PhD EE? go to work immediately is possible. Moron teacher? Protected. Smart IT person? Unemployment.

Check out this
https://peggynoonan.com/trump-and-the-rise-of-the-unprotected/

Blogger Azure Amaranthine May 04, 2021 12:52 PM  

"You’re assuming it is our responsibility. It is not"

Along with the great commission we are told that we are to be the salt of the Earth. It is our responsibility to push back the end for as long as we possibly can. I make no assumption.

"Ours is the great commission, nothing more and nothing less."

"If a man knows to do good, and does not do it, to him it is sin."

Blogger Some Guy May 04, 2021 5:13 PM  

"If a man knows to do good, and does not do it, to him it is sin."

“Well, then,” Jesus said, “give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God.” His reply completely amazed them.

Jesus literally went onto a very high mountain with Satan and witnessed all the nations of the world and Satan offered to give them to him. Did Jesus refuse to do good? No, He stayed on mission. He will be the one to destroy these evil beings, not us. I at no point said not to push back, but simply said that (under the condition that it is His will) I want this stupidity over with.

Blogger Azure Amaranthine May 04, 2021 9:48 PM  

"I want this stupidity over with."

Yet in pursuance of that, you wished that evil was more powerful and competent. I'd say be careful what you wish for, but this is so low-effort that clearly you're not going to try. The more fundamentally stupid something is, the more difficult it becomes to explain how stupid it is to the person who had the idea.

I'll make one more attempt: A more competent evil might find itself in possession of you rather than rolling over you. A more competent evil will take LONGER to purge, not less time. A "Better" evil is nearer the good, and therefore further from the fire.

If you want it to be over fast, you should instead wish for a dumber, more depraved, incompetent, and obvious evil, and better good people.

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