On a previous post, I posed a question regarding libertarianism. The question was directed at members of the UK Libertarian Party as, although I agree with many of their policies, they over look a crucial point in my opinion.
The question was this.
How do you stop libertarianism descending into libertinism?
As I understand it, the assumption is that the rule of law will prevent this happening, but as I have tried to point out the rule of law has not stopped the rise of libertinism in our current society so there is nothing to suggest that it would do in a libertarian society. On the contrary, everything points to the likelihood that it will get worse with more and more people indulging in destructive hedonistic behaviour.
I'll be honest - it was not an entirely off the cuff question. I know how you can prevent libertarianism descending into libertinism, but I also know that in this day and age most people won't like the answer.
Because the answer is Christianity.
Most people won't like it because far too many people on the conservative side have signed up to the ideology of the Italian Marxist Antonio Gramsci - cultural Marxism - without even realising it.
Gramsci recognised that the biggest barrier to the advancement of Marxism in Europe was Europe's Christian heritage and culture. Marx knew this too, but it was Gramsci who refined the method by which this Christian dominance would be overturned - secular humanism. I won't go into the details of what secular humanism is but basically it is a religion which rejects spiritualism.
Of course, not everyone who rejects God is a secular humanist; many on the right still believe that there is a role for God in society and few conservatives are as aggressive in their assertion of secularism as, for instance, Richard Dawkins, but they still accept the basic principle without realising that it is a tool of the very thing they are supposedly opposed to - cultural Marxism.
I'm not trying to convert anybody. What you believe in respect to God is entirely up to you. The point I actually want to make is in respect to the rule of law.
The rule of law is often misinterpreted to just mean compliance to the law - but it is far more than that. It is a belief that we are all equal in the eyes of the law and that no one is above the law and that includes the state.
But - and this is a big but - who defines what is law? If the state is the ultimate judge of law then the state is no longer subject to the law - the law is subject to the state. This is critical to understanding the role Christianity plays in the rule of law, because the rule of law only works when people believe that they will be judged on their actions - even if they are never caught or convicted by any state authority.
I'm not suggesting that we have to be governed by the Church - God forbid with our current Church leadership!!! What I am suggesting is that it is important to recognise the vital role of religion in the function of society - particularly in the application of the rule of law. This is why I do believe it is important to teach children Christian principles within the context of a Christian God (as opposed to Christian principles in the context of secular humanism).
As adults we can all accept or reject God according to our own conscience, but most of us have done that only after having a sound grounding in Christianity from our parents or from school. A whole generation of children have grown up without that and we are seeing the way that lack of Christian upbringing is presenting challenges to society.
I know I don't explain this very well. It is clear in my own mind, but I do have trouble putting it into words. Essentially I am saying that the rule of law will not work in the absence of a belief in some all seeing omnipresent God. That is why, back in the days - not that long ago - when most people believed in God, they didn't need CCTV cameras.
So to anwer the question - how do you stop libertarianism descending into libertinism? - in the absence of an omnipresent God you need an omnipresent state - but of course the state can not be everywhere or see everything no matter how many CCTV cameras they erect or secret policemen they employ.
Nor can they see into your mind, your heart or your soul.