Economy Over Liberty a Reverse Policy
By Tom Niewulis
Amazing how time flies and new ‘champions’ arrive. It was music to my ears as I listened to Steven K. Bannon speak at the Value Voters Summit on Saturday October 14, 2017. What hit me the most are the comments he made regarding Liberty versus Economy. As I listen at about 19:30 second and even more so at 21:49 minutes into his talk, I jumped out of my seat clapping as Steve brought it home on this key issue that I wrote about at the end of 2012!
Steve stated in his own words what the Founders Absolutely and Clearly pronounced, he said: “We are a civic society and a culture that has a capitalist free market system as our economy. We’re not an economy and you’re not just units of production. You’re free men and women in a civic society. Underpinned by a capitalist system.”
I have often talked about Modern Feudalism and that the globalist corporatists have made slaves of virtually all those employed in the US. The push for efficiencies and greater profits are causing stress on families never seen since the 1800’s industrialization of America. Agreeably, the taking of American industry, meaning jobs, to foreign lands has had massive negative correlations as Bannon said very well.
Even though every one that knows me will be expecting me to drive home to the principles of Sam Adams as the historic reference on all of this – Well surprise – I do read the other Founders and Framers too. With that lets take a quick look at a powerhouse contemporary of Sam Adams: John Witherspoon.
To keep this short I’m only going to give a couple quick examples from Witherspoon’s writings and a couple articles that I like from the Foundation for Economic Education.
Not withstanding Witherspoon’s theological views and his aggregated view of Liberty he wrote: “There is not a single instance in history,” declared Rev. John Witherspoon in 1776, “in which civil liberty was lost, and religious liberty preserved entire. If therefore we yield up our temporal property, we at the same time deliver the conscience into bondage.” He continues an interesting comment on ‘rights’, which then develop the concept of Liberty in his ‘Lectures on Moral Philosophy’ with: “(3.) Rights are alienable and unalienable. The first we may, according to justice and prudence, surrender or give up by our own act; the others we may not. A man may give away his own goods, lands, money. There are several things which he cannot give away, as a right over his own knowledge, thoughts, &c. Others” which he ought not, as a right to judge for himself in all matters of religion, his right to self-preservation, provision, &c. Some say that liberty is unalienable, and that those who have even given it away may lawfully resume it.”
Seemingly in Witherspoon’s other writing, ‘Essay on Money’, he continues to validate what Bannon said by writing with a clear understanding of commerce: “Let us then begin,” he says, “by considering what gave rise to money, and what is its nature and use? If there were but one man upon the earth, he would be obliged to prepare a hut for his habitation, to dig roots for his sustenance, to provide skins or fig leaves for his covering, &c. in short, to do every thing for himself. If but one or two more were joined with him, it would soon be found that one of them would be more skillful in one sort of work, and another in a different; so that common interest would direct them, each to apply his industry to what he could do best and soonest; to communicate the surplus of what he needed himself to that sort of work to the others, and receive of their surplus in return.
“This directly points out to us, that a barter of commodities, or communication of the fruits of industry, is the first principle or rather indeed constitutes the essence of commerce. As society increases, the partition of employments is greatly diversified; but still the fruits of well directed industry, or the things necessary and useful in life are what only can be called wealth.”
At this point I have to refer you either to the full nine volumes of Witherspoon’s captured works or these two essays from FEE that I partially quoted here:
John Witherspoon: Animated Son of Liberty by Robert A. Peterson
John Witherspoon: Disciple of Freedom by Robert G. Bearce
So, just considering Witherspoon et all, there is much to conclude that the Populist Nationalist Economic model has always been the Foundational American Model.
It is Now absolutely FANTASTIC that we have a powerhouse team that Steve Bannon has put together that can get the word out and bring the battle of Truth forward.
We must continue to educate the present electorate in Founders Original Intent but more so, we must develop the next generation of policy makers through efforts as SACPS.org. Lastly, WTP must now hear what is being said, and then get out of our comfort zones to – Get our feet on the street – to engage our fellow Citizens so that Liberty prevails!