Title: "Public Domain: USDA: Praying Before School Lunch, 1936 by Unknown (NARA)."

The more laissez faire the nation-state versus the more sharing and egalitarian (social democratic) the nation-state

  • The lower the percentage of people with healthcare
  • The lower the lowest wages
  • The fewer paid sick days
  • The fewer vacation days
  • The less maternity leave
  • The more hours worked per week
  • The higher the individual productivity
  • The less the workers get to keep for themselves and their families
  • The less other social benefits in general
  • The fewer environmental safeguards
  • The more easily laid off or fired without cause
  • The more and more the society heads in the direction of the Great Depression
  • And the more workers are played off workers in nations that have been driven to deep poverty by imperialistic powers.

The U.S. is the only nation in the industrialized world without universal healthcare.

Now, the laissez faire capitalists complain about being forced into the sharing-the-burden or spreading-the-wealth aspects of the social democracies. They stand on principle that being forced is evil. Why do they take that stand in the face of the facts that workers are better off in those other nations? They will stand on principle even though doing so means that more and more individuals will be cut off by laissez-faire capitalism. They want their way at the direct expense of others.

I don't hold with forcing people to agree with me. Jesus doesn't hold with it either. He lets them walk blindly into the ditch that he has clearly warned them is right there waiting for them if they continue following wrongheaded and wrong-hearted policies and practices.

Given the choice between being coerced by the laissez-faire capitalists or being coerced by the social democrats, I prefer the social democrats. I do though insist, as does Jesus, that there is an alternative to both, which is Christianity as Jesus defines it.

Neither coercive (militantly violent in the end) the laissez-faire capitalism nor coercive social democracy is superior to the non-coercive approach of Jesus Christ.

Capitalist profit sharing is better than capitalists non-profit sharing. Capitalist employee ownership is better than capitalist non-employee ownership. Christianity is better still. Christianity is non-profit employee ownership where everything is free of the charge of any medium of exchange. It is free of money. It is free of taxes. It is pure communism. There is none of the hypocrisy of Marx in it.

The forces of militant coercion take the wheat with the tares.

The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn. Matthew 13:24-30.

The militant capitalists and the militant social democrats, socialists, and communists do not separate them. Even as they kill people, they can never be sure whether or not they are killing (murdering) people who may be iniquitous but who would turn and repent if given the opportunity, the knowledge, the love.

And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he stedfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem, And sent messengers before his face: and they went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him. And they did not receive him, because his face was as though he would go to Jerusalem. And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did? But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. For the Son of man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them. And they went to another village. Luke 9:51-56.

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    Employment: 2008 - present, website developer and writer. 2015 - present, insurance broker. Education: Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science in Political Science. City University of Seattle, graduate studies in Public Administration. Volunteerism: 2007 - present, president of the Real Liberal Christian Church and Christian Commons Project.
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