We the People Weakened

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  1. WoW! Founded on Biblical principles, this was a foregone conclusion of our democracy in days past. Jesus noted this in Luke 22: “A dispute also arose among them, as to which of them was to be regarded as the greatest. And he said to them, ‘The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them … But not so with you. Rather, let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves.’ ”
    Leaving Biblical foundations behind we have become “Gentiles” in Jesus’ terms.

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  2. 19th Century Anarchism, like its Communist cousin, struggled with the impact of the Industrial revolution upon Western societies in the wake of the General European War, also referred to by historians as the Napoleonic Wars.  All branches of Socialism sought to enfranchise the common working man.  Similar to the later suffrage of women’s rights, and still later the opposition to the Jim Crow racial laws led by Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X.

    Political movements of enfranchisement require close comparison to other enfranchisement revolts which too opposed the existing status quo.  The Aparheid situation in South Africa immediately comes to mind.  A critical flaw in political science studies, a strong tendency to view Socialism – in all its many branches – divorced from all enfranchisement revolts in human history before and after.   Such an obvious error in judgment comes under and ultimately defines political reactionarism and irrational mob violence.

    Reactionary commentators who have but a shallow understanding of political science attempt to define Anarchism as: the absence of domination of the State; the freedom of the individual; the struggle to secure freedom, framed in the context of social solidarity, sharing, and cooperative labor among the proletariat class.  This simple and shallow definition fails to address the failure of vertical Courtroom justice systems whereby the State employs and pays the salary of the Judges, prosecuting attorneys, and police.  All the voluminous books and discussions on Socialism universally fail to address the inherent corruption of vertical courtroom systems of justice.
    The inherit corruption of this type of legal system, by its very nature this type of vertical Court systems protect the interests, and wealth of the rich and powerful with extreme prejudice, and crushes the common man with disproportionate gulag prison incarcerations.  The prophets of the T’NaCH denounced this form of legalized oppression and slavery of the poor the weak, specifically the widows and orphans.

    The story of the liberation of Israel from Egyptian slavery, it teaches a mussar יסודי that with freedom comes responsibility for both decisions and actions taken.  A primary mussar theme that expresses itself throughout Torat Moshe.  Freedom comes at a heavy price, free men must take and accept responsibility for their actions, especially when they impact the lives of other free persons.  Anarchism by contrast prizes individualism.  Alas man does not live in a vacuum.  Individual man has the freedom to swing his fist till it reaches the tip of some other persons’ nose.  From there on, freedom must balance with the equally important obligation: compensation for damages others suffer due to decisions and actions taken by a person who has freedom.  Simply put, human society requires justice, equal and on par with the need for freedom. 

    This most basic and fundamental requirement which all free people must have, the means to confront the opposing interests and persons whose skewed actions and behavior has caused others to endure suffering, shame, or damages.  Freedom without the responsibility to uphold and maintain a fair and righteous judicial system, produces tyranny, oppression, and ultimately Civil War.  The Torah, as the Constitutional יסוד upon which the Israeli Republic stands, its mussar of awareness of the finger of HaShem in and through the lives of the brit Cohen nation, it has no visions for international world order, and even less so for some abstract UN world governance.  Freedom and Justice both thrive on a local domestic front.  When foreign nations impose laws upon peoples of other nations, this abomination defines tyranny.   The examples set by the European empires in the 17th, 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries forever defiles, and disgraces the dignity of man.

    Justice does not depend upon the constraints of religious morality nor the constraints of egoism, self interest concerns and/or prejudices.  Free Man has an obligation to compensate others for the consequences of damages, resultant of decisions or actions taken which adversely impact the lives of others.  The purpose of lateral common law courts, they serve as the perpetual means which equals the playing field.  Based upon freedom, that a free people takes responsibility for their decisions and actions which affect the lives of others.

    Justice does not debate the merits or demerits of this economic system or that economic system.  Justice does not weigh in its scales any concept of Class struggle.  Justice seeks to uphold and protect the dignity of ‘free man’.  Intellectual notions of economics do not fall within the sphere of justice.  Rather: matters of damages inflicted upon others, damages define the scope of justice – fair compensations.  Man has the universal designation of guilt, and has the obligation to compensate all other free people whose lives – the decisions and actions taken by an individual or a group – these affected others require compensation for damages, sorrows, humiliation, and pain they experienced or endured.

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