If you begin conceptually and methodologically with the sovereignty of the state over economic affairs, you are at best a mercantilist, at worst a communist, and always a statist. You are a welfare statist, because you believe in the forced redistribution of wealth by the state. You believe in this principle: “Thou shalt not steal, except by majority vote.”
My two cents
Yes, I hadn’t thought of it that way, but it’s interesting how many times that society turns a blind eye to theft, especially when it’s done by the state; it’s as though we have statist exceptionalism as our mode of operation. I wish someone had tipped me off about this years ago.
Secondly, I appreciate the conception of thou shalt not [insert sin here] except by majority vote. This is an accurate description of how democracy doesn’t line up with Christianity on many occasions…and yet voters have the audacity to think it’s OK.
There was that book entitled Eternal Hostility: The Struggle Between Theocracy and Democracy. I’d read some book reviews that were critical of the book’s content, but I think there is more than a grain of truth in the book’s title.
As for me, if there’s a conflict between Christian theocratic law and democratic law, I’ll go for the former at the expense of the latter…I think. I don’t recall God giving an out clause to override his revelation on the basis of human numbers or votes of no confidence. He precedes and transcends that kind of procedural guff.
North, G. (2012). The Statist Propositions of Protectionism. Available: http://www.garynorth.com/public/9691.cfm. Last accessed 24th Dec 2012.