Close-Knit Communities Put the Individual First – an article on FEE.org


Close-Knit Communities Put the Individual First – FEE.org

“With no property rights established, we find that next to no other rights can be reasonably protected. There is no enforcement of the right to life if someone decides he wants what you have. There is no free speech, no right to assemble, no worship if your exercise upsets a person who has no reservations about using force. These are precisely the ingredients that make up a dystopia.”

This FEE.org article, especially the introduction, explains, to me, one of the reasons total anarchy doesn’t work.

Despite what my younger-self believed, anarchy is not lawlessness. It is a lack of any ruling individuals or institutions – “an-” greek for without, “-arkhos” greek for chief or ruler.

The U.S.A. founding fathers understood that anarchy has always led to the tyranny of the powerful by way of chaos. Anarchy creates the moral equivalent of the tragedy of the commons when it comes to defending property rights.  It is in one sense a swinging of the pendulum from common ownership of property, to the opposite extreme; but in another sense, it creates the same outcome – no protection of property rights, so in terms of outcome, is on the same side of the pendulum.

Then there are the religious reasons that I reject total anarchy. I have often taught my children that just like the kingdom of God, our family is not a democracy. I want to also teach them that neither is the kingdom of God, nor our family, anarchy. As Joshua said to the Israelites, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”  My wife and I do our best to have the Lord be the ruler of our home.  He is definitely a lot more trustworthy with the control of how our family is run than I am, and despite her superior leadership skills and charm, my wife also.

My current passion is to explore the power of close-knit (and relatively small) communities and how to establish them as a structural unit of civil society. This article struck a chord on so many levels for me.  I recommend reading it, and please let me know what you think of it, as well as my perspective, in the comments here.

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The Problem of Poverty


Some time ago I read “The Problem of Pain” by C.S. Lewis. It led me to quite a bit of introspection and contemplation, which resulted in me publishing a blog post on my personal blog.  This post is a revisit to the idea.

While “The Problem of Pain” by C.S. Lewis doesn’t exactly say these words, one of the concepts that I gained from reading it is Continue reading

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I’ve been doing it wrong


I’ve seen this video many times before, but I don’t think I understood it before, and I probably don’t fully understand it now, but I am changing my approach to how I do things because of watching it today.

I’m a detailed person and how I normally explain things is by explaining how I got to my conclusions – and normally get less enthusiasm for my conclusions than I hope … much less.

I should be explaining what I was trying to find out – Why I wanted to know.  Then explain what I found out.

Culture and Cognitive Dissonance | Orrin Woodward Leadership


When you believe you are called to build communities and the most successful person you know at building communities of people writes something profound about it, you would be foolish if you fail to re-blog it.

There is nothing more important, its proper implementation determining the destiny of nations, companies, charities, and families, than the creation of culture. Culture, a system of beliefs, values…

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