anti-state.com. The author
describes himself as “young born again Christian who was converted from
atheism by a direct revelation from Jesus Christ” and a “scientific
rationalist who considers that the Omega Point (i.e., the physicists'
technical term for God) is an unavoidable result of the known laws of
physics.” He also has a
website which has taken up the
cause of 9/11 truth. According to Redford’s eschatology of divine
retribution, God will one day take off the gloves of libertarian
persuasion and don the brass knuckles of coercion. Despite that flaw, I
commend his essay's “no-compromise” de-fense of the goal of a Stateless
society against those who raise superficial theological objections to it.
Jesus Is an Anarchist
The above title may
seem like strong words, for surely that can't be correct? Jesus an
anarchist? One must be joking, right?
But you read
correctly, and I will demonstrate exactly that. At this point you may be
incredulous, but I assure you that I am quite serious.
If you are a Christian
and find the above title at all hard to believe then you of all people owe
it to yourself to find out what the basis of this charge is. For if the
above comes as news to you then you still have much to learn about Jesus
and about the most vitally important struggle which has plagued mankind
since the dawn of history: mankind's continuing struggle between freedom
and slavery, between value producers and the violent parasitical elite,
between peace and war, between truth and deception.
This is the central
struggle which defines mankind's history and, sadly, continues to do so.
As Christians and as people in general, what we choose to believe and
accept as the truth is equally as vitally important, for ultimately it is
people's beliefs about the world that will shape and determine what
outcomes transpire in the world.
If the mass of people
believe in political falsehoods and deceptions then mankind will continue
to repeat the same gruesome mistakes, as it does presently, and the
aforementioned struggle will continue to be no closer to a desirable
resolution. Genuine change must first come by changing one's mind, and if
what one had believed before was in error then one cannot expect good
results to proceed forth from it.
And all change starts
with the individual. You can help change the world by simply changing your
mind. All I ask of you is to believe in the truth – know the truth and the
truth will make you free (John 8:32).
It is the purpose of
this document to demonstrate the above claim, and if you are a Christian
then I submit that it should be your task to honestly consider what is
presented here, for if the above claim comes as a surprise then I will
show that what you thought you knew about Jesus was not the whole story:
Jesus is far more radical than many would have you believe, and for good
reason – it threatens the status quo.
For the consequence of
this truth becoming understood and accepted by even one-tenth of the
population would be quite dramatic indeed: governments would topple like
so many dominoes.
For as the 16th
century Frenchman Étienne de la Boétie observed in The Politics of
Obedience: The Discourse of Voluntary Servitude (see bibliography),
all governments ultimately rest on the consent of the governed, even
Now this "consent"
does not have to be in the form of active promotion and support of the
State, it could simply be in the form of hopeless resignation, such as
accepting the canard "nothing's as sure as death and taxes."
All governments can
only exist because the majority – in one form or another – accept them as
at least being inevitable. They believe in the deception that even though
government may be evil that it is nevertheless a necessary evil, and
therefore cannot conceive of a better alternative.
But if such were true
then Jesus Christ's whole message is a fallacy. But such is not the truth,
there is an alternative: liberty. And I will show that Jesus has called us
to liberty, and that liberty and Christ's message are incompatible with
You may wonder where I
got the one-tenth figure from in the above if all governments require the
acceptance of their rule by the majority of their population. Again, the
reason is because this acceptance doesn't have to be active support but
merely resigned, as it usually is. If just one-tenth of the population
strongly believed that government was itself the greatest moral evil and
that there was a better alternative it would be enough to turn the tide.
Since most people are
followers and uncritically accept the reigning political opinions, those
who do not accept the status quo and who are able to form and articulate a
critical alternative will come to be the intellectual leaders by default
when the popular regime suffers a crisis and people begin to look for
If the history of
governments teach us anything it is that such crises is a regular
occurrence, for governments by their nature tend toward instability. If it
be asked Why then do we still have government?, it is here answered that
it is because no viable alternative to government has been articulated by
a critical mass at such a crisis, in that most people throughout history
have accepted the deception that government is a necessary evil and could
not conceive a better alternative.
Now I will articulate
that better alternative, the one that Christ commanded us. I will show
that Jesus and His message are necessarily anarchistic. And what better
place to start than in the beginning?