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plan to devour you and yours when their insatiable greed for power and wealth burns through the present bailout strategies.

Don’t imagine that the sin of greed produces sanity.  Those who think the rich and powerful can’t be bought are not in touch with reality.  The rich and powerful have been bought already.  That is why they are rich and powerful.

These people will not stop till a) we stop them or b) they have utterly ransacked the economy and brought the world to its knees.  The testimony of human history is that a pagan world is *always* based on a slave economy.  Slavery is the norm, not the exception, for fallen man.  Christ is the only one who frees from slavery and even the influence of his Spirit took centuries to really penetrate a human race in which every culture took it for granted.  Now that the influence of the Church is on the wane in the West, one of the very first things we should expect (and are seeing) is the immediate return of slavery and the reduction of human beings to property, first de facto and eventually de jure.

Oh, and look!  Dutch and Israeli scientists are gleeful about new techniques for manufacturing babies and the Country that Used to Be England has just approved the manufacture of three parent embryos. When humans are being manufactured, it isn’t far to making them property.  And in a godless world, there’s no particular reason not to.  As the Athenians instructed one of their subject peoples: The strong do as they like and the weak suffer what they must in a world where fallen man is the highest power and authority.  For fallen man is a slave to the Prince of this world and if he will not have the freedom of Christ he will get the chains of Satan.

So it looks like the West is headed for its own little period of the Judges till we finally get a clue.  The cycle works this way:

And all that generation also were gathered to their fathers; and there arose another generation after them, who did not know the LORD or the work which he had done for Israel. And the people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the LORD and served the Baals; and they forsook the LORD, the God of their fathers, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt; they went after other gods, from among the gods of the peoples who were round about them, and bowed down to them; and they provoked the LORD to anger. They forsook the LORD, and served the Baals and the Ashtaroth. So the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel, and he gave them over to plunderers, who plundered them; and he sold them into the power of their enemies round about, so that they could no longer withstand their enemies. Whenever they marched out, the hand of the LORD was against them for evil, as the LORD had warned, and as the LORD had sworn to them; and they were in sore straits. Then the LORD raised up judges, who saved them out of the power of those who plundered them. And yet they did not listen to their judges; for they played the harlot after other gods and bowed down to them; they soon turned aside from the way in which their fathers had walked, who had obeyed the commandments of the LORD, and they did not do so. Whenever the LORD raised up judges for them, the LORD was with the judge, and he saved them from the hand of their enemies all the days of the judge; for the LORD was moved to pity by their groaning because of those who afflicted and oppressed them. But whenever the judge died, they turned back and behaved worse than their fathers, going after other gods, serving them and bowing down to them; they did not drop any of their practices or their stubborn ways. So the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel; and he said, “Because this people have transgressed my covenant which I commanded their fathers, and have not obeyed my voice, I will not henceforth drive out before them any of the nations that Joshua left when he died, that by them I may test Israel, whether they will take care to walk in the way of the LORD as their fathers did, or not.” (Judges 2:10-22)

How do you break the cycle?  “Repent, and believe in the Lord Jesus.”  Eventually, after a lot of suffering, people will figure that out.

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  • Dr. Eric

    What was that? I’m sorry, I didn’t read the articles after getting caught up in what Kim Kardashian was wearing on the side bar of the link. ;-)

  • Dustin

    Ohh, Dodd-Frank, ohh, what you could have been. You had provisions to soak the banks by making them pay for their own dismantling with a regular surtax, keeping the taxpayer off the hook the next time Gordon Gekko gets dollar signs in his eyes. But Mitch McConnell and other true servants of Wall Street, told terrible lies about you, called you a bailout-enabler, and your resolution authority was struck from final passage. Now look what it’s come to. Ohh, Dodd-Frank . . .

  • Garrett

    “By the 14th Century… No laws had been passed against slavery; no dogmas even had condemned it by definition; no war had been waged against it, no new race or ruling caste had repudiated it; but it was gone… Like everything else in the mediaeval revolution, from its cathedrals to its ballads, it was anonymous as it was enormous. It is admitted that the conscious and active emancipators everywhere were the parish priests and the religious brotherhoods; but no name among them has survived and no man of them has reaped his reward in this world. Countless Clarksons and innumerable Wilberforces, without political machinery or public fame, worked at death-beds and confessionals in all the villages of Europe; and the vast system of slavery vanished.” G. K. Chesterton, A Short History of England, 1917.

    • Benjamin

      …and it came back in a very short amount of time, did it not? And who introduced Europeans to the African slave trade? The Portuguese. And what religion were they, again? Exactly.

      • ivan_the_mad

        Congratulations on providing a textbook example of an ad hominem.

      • Mark Shea

        Before everybody gets into a simplistic black vs. white history of the Church’s engagement with slavery, everybody read this: There is a tendency of unbelievers to blackwash and Catholic to whitewash. It turns out Catholics are remarkably like human beings.

      • Russ

        It was in fact the Arabs who introduced the African slave trade to Europeans, if you want to play that game.

        • Benjamin

          …and the benighted Portuguese just couldn’t help but buy other human beings! The Muslims made them do it!

          I’m not saying Catholicism caused the slave trade but, contra Chesterton, it failed to prevent it.

          • Mark Shea

            That’s too simple. In some places it did and in other places it didn’t. By the High Middle Ages, slavery was dead in Europe. What brought it back was (ta duh!) the rise of modern Europe, the nation-state, colonization, the arms race with Islam and the burgeoning of capitalism. It’s never been *very* far beneath the surface since it is, I repeat, the normal state of fallen man. Christianization of the Roman Empire was the first thing in human history that ever presented a challenge to slavery as the absolute norm for all human civilization. The Church dealt the dragon a blow, but the dragon revived and got pretty powerful from the 15th to 19th centuries. Christians (particular after the shattering of the Reformation) met the challenge chaotically. Some were slaveholders. Some opposed it. Lots were in between. But the fact ultimately remains that slavery was put to death in only one place in human history: in cultures which owe a heavy debt to the Christian insistence on the dignity of the human person. Even then, it was a bitter struggle, as our own Civil War and subsequent miserable history attest. In other parts of the world, particularly under the domination of Islam, slavery is How the Cosmos Is. So naturally, it’s how the earth is too. But even in the West, now that it is de-christianizing the dragon is starting to stir again. Only the Holy Spirit can keep it in check for long. We will return quickly to a slave culture when we repaganize. We can’t help ourselves. It’s what we are without Christ.

            • Beccolina

              If that were a speech, I’d give it a standing ovation! Bra-vO!

      • Theodore Seeber

        And who introduced the Portuguese to it, but the Islamic slave traders?

        After all, it wasn’t the Portuguese in dark Africa, enslaving whole tribes in the name of Allah.

        • Benjamin

          It bears pointing out slavery in Africa and the Islamic world was nowhere near as bad as slavery in North America, and ESPECIALLY slavery in Brazil and the Carribean. The latter was the worst kind of slavery to ever exist bar none. Even in the Antebellum South at least slaves weren’t literally worked to death.

          Arab and African slavery was closer to ‘classical’ Greek and Roman slavery than Western Hemisphere plantation slavery. Still bad, but you had more protections than a slave in South Carolina or (again, especially) Haiti.

          • Theodore Seeber

            All of that WAS Islamic slavery- every single plantation slave in Haiti was originally taken by an Islamic slave trader in Africa.

            • Benjamin

              The ships they came to America on were Portuguese and later Dutch. The owners in America were Portuguese, French, English, and Spanish (in that order). Muslims didn’t establish the plantation system or race-based slavery. That was all European.

        • Benjamin

          Shorter: Race-based plantation slavery was a uniquely west European ‘contribution’ to history.

          • Theodore Seeber

            Except, of course, it wasn’t Europeans who took the slaves to begin with. They were the consumers. This is a bit like blaming your local pot-head for the murder of CIA agents on a pot field in Mexico.

            • Mark Shea

              Yeah, but we did business with them. Don’t whitewash it. New world slavery was enabled and enforced by Christians. Not all Christians, of course. Slavery was also eradicated by Christians in time. But we went allong with that sin then, just as many go along with abortion now.

              • S. Murphy

                “The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting – it has been found difficult and left untried.” (Not a No True Scotsman argument, Ben – rather agreeing with Mark, and you that Christians have often not loved their neighbor as they ought.)
                I wonder if racism became as bad as it did because we had people who knew perfectly well that chattel slavery was no part of loving your neighbor, and had to find any rationalization – ‘we’re bringing Christianity to the savages, and stopping their vile human sacrifices’ or ‘the Africans can’t take care of themselves without our kindly white paternalism’ or whatever garbage was popular at a given moment in a given part of North or South America.

                • Beccolina

                  I recall from my anthropology classes that many people brought “scientific” arguments into it as well. Everything from brain-case size to claiming Africans were lower on the evolutionary scale. Humans excel at making excuses to themselves and others.

            • wineinthewater

              I do.

              Every user in the US consuming drugs that have gone through that blood-soaked system has blood on his hands. Perhaps it is just a drop, perhaps their culpability is compromised by addiction, but the consumers are responsible for the evil their demand creates.

              That slave owning/driving Europeans were rarely the original slave takers just means that they have one less sin in their vast portfolio of sin.

          • Mark Shea

            As was the eradication of same–along with the American contribution to that project. Meanwhile, slavery thrives at this hour in the Islamic and Asian world and always has. Slavery is *normal* in human history. Banish Christ and you bring it back. Guaranteed. Even in Christian lands the dragon has never slept soundly.

  • Kirt Higdon

    Mark, it seems to me that a couple of weeks ago you were criticizing some other Catholic blogger for her apocalytic take on the Cyprus bank deposit grab, but now you seem to have bought into her viewpoint to a large extent. I’d rather look at what happened to slightly bigger countries whose governments tried something like this. Gorbachev did a deposit grab which probably sealed the fate of the USSR and caused him immense unpopularity in his native land, in contrast to his popularity with globalists of other countries. Soviet communism would probably have expired anyway but the deposit grab helped things along. In Brazil, President Color de Melo did something similar which resulted temporarily in mass immigration of Brazilians from their country. But in the end, he was impeached and Brazil has had relatively decent government since then, with a booming economy and 40 million people lifted out of poverty. I’m not advocating bank deposit grabs, but I’m definitely liking the reactions against them.

    Recently there have been a lot of proposals, especially on libertarian websites, for banking reform, some of which are more radical than the end the Fed and reinstate the gold standard that you generally see on such sites. Some propose breaking up the big banks and others ending fractional reserve banking altogether. These latter would require 100% reserves for money storage and funds transfer services with no lending allowed. “Loans” would actually be investments by persons or groups whose own capital would be entirely on the line with no government back-up insurance or bailouts. Needless to say, this would put an end to an economy based on easy credit and universal debt. My main concern about the possible collapse of the bankster economy is that it is too slow in coming.

    • Mark Shea

      No. I was criticizing Ann Barnhardt for her apocalyptic take on Francis. She’s an obvious hysteric.

    • Guest

      And everyone reading this can do their part by not using banks. Use a local credit union for bill pay if you must but find some other way to invest money than the banking/financial system. The markets are going crazy right now despite massive gov debt and unemployment. Why? There is no logical reason for it. It’s like the business man, in debt beyond payment and on the verge of bankruptcy who throws a huge party (financing it of course) announcing his fantastic new business investment opportunity – all for the purpose of separating his guests from all their money before he takes off to parts unknown leaving all his debt behind. A few months later everything is gone and his ‘investors’ are all scratching their heads saying “WTF happened?”

      The markets are an orchestrated shell game to pull every last dollar out of the rubes pockets before the global collapse – which of course will also be orchestrated at the best time for the best advantage of the gazillioniares who operate in the background sucking up your hard earned investment dollars – most of whom you have probably never heard of. After the collapse they will own everything and you will pay whatever they tell you.

      • Mike

        The markets are fine; lending to high risk clients is not. This and this alone caused the financial meltdown of the housing sector: people wanted and the gov. made the banks give it.

        • Theodore Seeber

          Lending your money to any stock broker is exceedingly high risk. If you want to invest- invest in tangibles. Stuff that you’ll still have even if the financial sector melts down and North Korea makes Washington DC disappear in a radioactive cloud.

        • Guest

          More likely, you’re just not privy yet to the latest ‘derivative’ or ‘fill in the blank” scheme going on behind the scenes. If Wall Street execs can get blindsided like they did in ’08 you certainly aren’t going to know what’s coming either.

  • FW Ken

    Actually, there are only about three things you can do with conquered people: eat them, sacrifice them to your god, or enslave them. Personally, is rather be a slave than processed into soylent green, our disemboweled on an altar, but the real trick is to not get conquered to start with. Unfortunately, a generation of unrestrained spending may have foreclosed (so to speak) that option.

    • S. Murphy

      The Romans actually tended to do a good job of coopting local ruling elites into ruling, locally and elitely, in the name of Rome, and leaving the local social structure intact. Might not be the only way to have a successful empire for the better part of a millennium, but it worked for them.

  • DWiss

    Mark, I’m not a regular reader of yours but I should be. You might have the wildest combox of all the Catholic bloggers. Bunch of history professors and economists. And no one agrees. What fun!

  • Marthe Lépine

    Just another reason to add to explain my practice of never leaving any money in a bank account more than 2 weeks…

  • Mark G.

    Mark, How long do you think it will be before the Capitol institutes the “Reaping” and we must give up our children to the Hunger Games for the entertainment of the ruling class? Just askin’

  • TMLutas

    There are two things going on, the financial and the biological in this article. The biological is just evil and I’ve no more to add to that. The financial move is more interesting because if it is explained properly to ordinary people, the end result will be the taming of the banks. If all globally significant banks were barred from putting up the usual FDIC notice but instead were to put up an accurate notice of the new state of their FDIC protection, people would close their accounts. This would shrink these banks, hopefully to the point where they no longer fit into the category of too big to fail. I do not think that this would be a bad thing.

    The vastly more likely outcome is that these banks will not change their FDIC notices. That would be a fraud on the American people but it would be the result of a separate action, not the linked action and could be fixed by legislation, and perhaps another Rand Paul filibuster. In other words, we can work with this because fixing it is merely informing people of reality and letting nature take its course.

    As for myself, virtually all my debt instruments are at a globally significant bank but virtually none of my assets are. I’ve diversified into a local bank and will be diversifying further as my family’s assets increase.