Codevilla After the Republic Toward a Christian end TSOCHI
‘After the Republic,’ by Codevilla is here: http://www.claremont.org/crb/basicpage/after-the-republic/
This will be long. It will be worth it.
Rosenstock said that any new technology increases our reach, shortens the time it takes, and destroys old groups.
But we are in the business of applying the principles, precepts and examples into new times and places—and groups. We can call that ‘glorifying’.
So the Republic of the founders is gone? Her outgo exceeded her income, so her upkeep was her downfall.
Barzun, ‘From Dawn to Decadence,’ and Creveld, ‘the Rise and Decline of the State,’ see his transcript from a Mises Institute talk, or his book by the same name, both indicate the failure of justice and of money are two keys. I think I remember that Barzun saw a situation of ethno-religious regions, bridged by corporations, followed by a rebirth of reading from monuments. (Note: ERH said that Roman priests were bridge builders).
He also said that unless we handle all the problems of previous social orders well, they’ll come back worse.
Here’s a possible way to shape the situation toward a Christian end, Fred.
I will give two small examples: Stuart and Pella.
Let’s suppose the Dutch who came to Pella @ 1847 were refugees. From Gardner’s ‘Beyond Belief’ we have the way revolutions transpire. ‘The Complete Cross of Reality’ he calls it. Summarizing, an imperative brings them forward, that’s what came before and got them to 1847. Then there’s a subjective/inward phase, until 1922 (book about it) or 1936 (first Tulip Time). The celebration of Tulip Time takes us back, and then out we go, supposedly glorifying the refugee start by becoming helpers of other refugees/thinkers about refugees. This glorifies, in the same way that Israel was to free people, because they had been freed from the bondage of Egypt.
Similarly, Stuart, founded in 1871 beside the Big Mover of the day, the railroad, to serve the farmers, could be glorified by becoming a town that learns and teaches urban food production to feed her hungry, spreading the good word by using the Big Mover of today, the internet.
Both of these examples, though they might not have the beginning essence right, can be seen to glorify the original principle, precept, example by applying it in a new time and place.
One can do the same for one’s own communities, and they don’t have to be towns.
Example abound of this principle applied in theology, surely.
What then of the Republic?
One must find the Imperative (Law, Transcendence), go through the Subjective/Lyric, Hierarchy, and then the Narrative/Evaluation/Ethics, the Objective/Fact/Oaths and sanctions, to get to the Planetary Service/New Torah/Succession parts. (Rosenstock/Jordan/North)
In my 5-parter for the new era, the above about Pella and Stuart is part 2.
It appears to me that part 5 of mine, if praying while waiting is OK, and since thinking is thanking, and thanking is a part of prayer, that applying the Levir principle might be the new thing—the chur ch as Levir to all the institutions, since the brother (state: organization replacing person, says Creveld) has died and we must raise up a son for his name. Universities too.
What is the principle of the state, then, that we can move around the square of forward-in-back-out?
I lay the 4 on the 5.
Hoppe, for instance, makes a case for it being the protection of property, property having been acquired by Lockeanly combining labor with un-property-ized ‘stuff’. Homesteading, one could say.
In ‘Democracy: The God that Failed’ he proposes that insurance companies could provide this property protection.
That’s an example. We in the church, we of the Levir for Society (Godparents?) have been practicing applying principles, precepts, and examples from the Bible to our present situations, and now we can do this for all institutions and through-sounders (persons).
I am attempting to turn workmanships into ‘workmanshippers,’ a ‘poiema’ into a poet, howls into songs, in The Symphony Of Comprehensive History Interactive—something useful might come of that.
Conclusion: We glorify God and His act in history, by transforming the principles, precepts, and examples that they are, by moving them through Law, Lyric, Evaluation, Fact, and New Torah. What say you? ‘What will your verse be?’ (Search the phrase and Robin Williams, ‘Dead Poets Society’ on YouTube, please.
Love in King Jesus,
Charlie ‘chuckhartmanhistoryconductor’ Hartman
PS: My computer ability has failed me again. I'll post this as a separate post to see if it works better. It is NOT de-marketing this time.