8. Religion and Government Intertwined Part Two: Absolute Good VS. Absolute EvilPosted: September 10, 2008 | |
Absolute good is sitting on a fluffy white cloud in the sky. Absolute evil squats in a lake of fire deep within the earth. The two are at constant war with each other with domination of the earth and possession of our souls are the spoils of victory. So we poor mortals are caught between two sides in an invisible war. Of course good is going to win. The dude on the fluffy white cloud is God after all. So we all better get right with God to make sure we are on the winning side.
This is the basic underlying myth of Christianity, and it is the myth that underlies all of Western Civilization. This is the myth that the pilgrims brought over from Europe. Since only the pilgrims had the true religion, only the pilgrims represented absolute good. The pilgrims added an interesting twist in their myth. They added the Protestant Work Ethic, which came from Calvinist predestination. They believed that God revealed who was saved by making them rich. Conversely, God revealed who was damned by making them poor. The Puritans saw wealth as a sign of innate moral superiority.
To this day, the battle between absolute good and absolute evil remains the cornerstone of Western culture, but only America still has a twist of Protestant Work Ethic. Europe could produce James Bond, who fought the absolute evil of Russian Communism while screwing anything in a skirt. America had The Gray Lensman, who would never think about touching a girl before marriage. Europe has a long string of myths about the wandering hero who wins the heroine only to discover that she is his long lost sister. In America, absolute evil reveals that Leia is Luke’s sister. There is no greater example of the American Protestant Work Ethic than Stephen King’s The Stand, where the most unexpected people join with the absolute evil Randall Flag.
Libertarians buy into the myth of absolute good vs. absolute evil as well as the Protestant Work Ethic. It’s all a part of the American Religion. Even non-Christian religions such as Judaism or Neo-Paganism fall into it to one degree or another, but Libertarians accept it on a mystical level. One does not question the Libertarian doctrine, because theirs is the interpretation approved by the Founding Fathers. Any others are seen as the works of absolute evil.
Since Libertarians see themselves as absolute good, they need their absolute evil to war against. Libertarians see the government as the absolute evil because the government follows a different interpretation of the Constitution. Corruption in high office is not seen as something to be corrected, but as an excuse to destroy the entire institution. More unstable elements of the Libertarian movement claim that the Second Amendment gives them special dispensation to destroy the Government by armed force. The myth that might makes right is a very important element of Libertarian philosophy. It ties directly into the Protestant Work Ethic, where only God chooses the victor.
In American myths, evil conspires against good. So the Libertarians see the government as a massive conspiracy against them. It never occurs to them to stand up to the Government to change the obvious problems in the system. That would be unAmerican. Everything from the war on drugs to the Income Tax is seen as a massive conspiracy against them. They see the only way that absolute good to triumph is to destroy the present incarnation of the Federal Government. They want to move time back to an era where the country was ruled by the Free Marketplace and American Citizens had no limits. We will examine Libertarian Never-Never-land tomorrow when we look at Libertarianism and the occult.