Centralized Power and our Coming “Potato Famine”

No one who understands what the Bible says about humanity would advocate centralized power, which is why we are heading toward “famine.”

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The rich get richer, while the poor get poorer—and struggle just to get by.

The reason this saying is so enduring, is that it describes the results when sinful men are granted too much power. Every just system of governance must start with an accurate sociology that takes into account the darkness in the hearts of men.

This is the central and inescapable reason why power must be limited, and distributed, for freedom to have any chance of success. Informed by a Biblical worldview our Founders understood this, but the pride and hubris of man has done its best to sweep such knowledge and wisdom under their mental rugs.

[See also, “Centralized Power Is a Corruption Magnet.”]

Ask a man if he is a sinner. If his answer is “no,” or some kind of roundabout rationalization that while some may be debauched, others are noble, then that man should never be given authority over others.

Only the man who has dealt with the darkness of his own soul can be trusted to a small degree. Only the man who questions his own limited knowledge and abilities is trustworthy.

In other words, his political philosophy will leave lots and lots of room for others to have input, and wield authority—an acknowledgement that everyone has something to add, and that limited failures are not the worst thing that can happen.

This essay makes an uncomfortable comparison between the political and economic setup that led to the disastrous Irish Potato Famine, and what is happening in the United States at this very moment in time.

This core dynamic of cartel capitalism is not new, as longtime correspondent Bart D. recently observed. This was the core dynamic at the root of Ireland’s catastrophic potato famine of the 1840s: wealthy English owned the productive assets (land) and limited the opportunities for enterprises that boosted Irish self-sufficiency and competed with the assets owned by English financiers and landed gentry.

Here is Bart’s commentary:

I recently picked up a copy of a novel dealing with the topic of the Irish Potato famine of 1845-6 from a second hand book store run by charity. Author is Liam O’Flaherty and it was written in 1937. It was re-released in 2002. My edition was printed in the 1970’s, so it’s had a following over the years.

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I recommend this book HIGHLY as an insight into how families, communities, governments and economics will/are functioning in impoverished situations now and in the future. I know this because I was astonished (not using that word lightly here) at the similarity in the description of life and government/business portrayed in O’Flaherty’s book in 1845 and that which I have observed closely over many years in remote Australian Aboriginal communities from 1994 to 2012.

Especially fascinating to learn that the English Government provided ‘relief’ loans to Ireland at market interest with a condition that they could not be used to do anything productive. Basically they set up a scheme to pay a small proportion of each community to build roads, but not a cent could be spent on developing alternate Irish-owned industries or businesses for fear it would upset the rich English industrialists.

The English imported cheap American corn meal which everyone was forced to buy with the English Gov. financed wages (closing the loop of giving with one hand, taking with the other and adding in a profit to boot) after the Irish had to export all their own grain and livestock to England to pay the land rents.

The model of resource ownership described in the novel—English landlords owned all the Irish peasant farmer land and set rent at a level that ensured the farmers remained a hairs breadth ahead of destitution even under the best of circumstances—will be, I think, what our own future will look like. Unfortunately.

The last thing we need is leaders who quote themselves, speak in the first-person all the time, and threaten to veto any ideas but their own. Such are the signs of those who cannot be trusted, because they do not understand their own hearts.

Bad sociology leads to all kinds of evil. America is captive to bad sociology.