Putting the Trash Out

Jason made one curious comment about “the Babylonian fixation with free markets and military aggression” (p. 66), a comment I might have to pursue later. The Bible does have a great deal to say about the tyranny of militarism. It has precious little to say about the tyranny of “free markets,” because tyranny is found in the opposite of free markets, which is to say, regulated markets and coerced transactions. Slavery is slavery but, I would go on to add, freedom is not slavery. As I write this, our solons in Washington are debating what your jail term should be if you fail to buy the designated health insurance. When they arrive to haul you off to the Big House, that will not be an instance of Babylonian free markets getting you.

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