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"Ah, Mom, stop nagging!"


Nobody likes to be nagged.

Parents nag:

"Don't forget to brush your teeth!"

"This room looks like a pig-sty!"

Bosses nag:

"And when you've finished sweeping the storeroom, straighten up the magazine rack!"


This website defends and promotes nagging.


Nagging is the foundation of Civilization.

Without nagging, life collapses into chaos and poverty.

Without nagging, cockroaches and hairballs take over the planet.

Without nagging, the Free Market, Liberty, Democracy, the Rule of Law, a Robust Economy, and iPods are impossible.

Without nagging -- at home, at school, at work, in church, driving your car -- jackbooted thugs will demand your papers and push you around.

Why "Tolerance" Causes Poverty and Tyranny

Everybody is saying we should be more "tolerant." Conservatives -- especially -- are judgmental. But poverty is bad, and tyranny is bad, and we should nag each other so we never forget.

Laissez-faire capitalism says to the government, "Let the Free Market alone!" Libertarians propose dramatic cuts in government. Their goal is not simply to eliminate "the government." Actually, Libertarians believe in MORE government than those who support "the government." We believe in replacing "the government" with "self government." We believe in

Limited Government Requires MORE Government
"Self-Government" Means More Government
Smaller Government Won't Happen Without More Nagging

Those who support increased power for the State and resist calls for Laissez-Faire Capitalism usually do so because they are concerned about the cultural effects of increasing numbers of people who do not understand the principles of liberty upon which America was founded, and who are easily manipulated by fascist or socialist demagogues. 

Here's how self-government works to protect American values better than a bigger, more intrusive federal government.

Let’s consider the question of immigration:

Rather than being met at the border by jack-booted gun-wielding federal immigration authorities, immigrants should be met at the borders by voluntary associations of friendly Americans who will offer American hospitality, job training, values education and other works of mercy which will help the immigrants carry on great American libertarian traditions.

Once settled in America, there are continuing opportunities for self-governing Americans to help new arrivals become great citizens:

Families: Children who are not victims of government schooling and who have been trained to appreciate America's libertarian values can pass these values on to their neighborhood playmates who come from foreign lands. American parents have always been careful to know who their children play with, and always make an effort to meet the parents of their children's playmates and invite them to learn more about our culture.

Employers should actively seek out new arrivals to America and hire them, showing them how American employers appreciate the loyalty, hard-work, creativity and dedication which characterize most immigrants, and how generous American employers are in the wages they pay and benefits they offer. Lunchtime Bible studies and employee training sessions can pass on America's cultural values.

Landlords should rent to immigrants and help them become self-governing tenants, thus passing on American respect for property. Weekend classes in property management, concern for the environment, and household budgeting can be required of tenants in rental agreements.

Merchants should seek out immigrants and deal fairly with them, explaining to them how American capitalism rewards both buyer and seller in a voluntary exchange, and how capitalism has made America a more prosperous nation than the nation from which the customer has emigrated.

Teachers should pass on American values to their students, even in classes that do not directly teach social and cultural subjects. Like the Apostles (Acts 5:29), teachers should defy court orders prohibiting a discussion of American values before and after school, and at lunch.

Media sources which propagate anti-American values should be boycotted. Americans should invite immigrants to join them in viewing movies, television, plays, concerts, and other events which transmit American values. Americans should invite immigrants to neighborhood reading circles in which great American books are read and discussed. Americans should host ESL classes (English as a Second Language) in their homes. Parents are qualified to teach their children English; immigrants often bring a child-like love of learning.

Immigrants who commit crimes should be responded to in the same way we respond to natural-born Americans who commit crimes.


It is only because Americans are no longer self-governing that they appeal to "the government" to use armed force against immigrants. This desire for increased government power is lazy, unAmerican, and anti-Christian.


Let’s run through this list again in consideration of other more serious forms of crime. These considerations apply to all forms of crime such as theft, or any form of property damage, as well as to other crimes which “Christian Reconstructionists” are quick to demand criminal (State) sanctions: homosexuality, adultery, or even idolatry. “Punishment” is their by-word.

Keep in mind that Biblical Law has no place for prisons, but demands restitution. The victim is to be made whole by the offender. How can the offender be pressured to make restitution if there is no “government” threatening him with prison or fines? (Not that this helps the victim in any way; indeed, victims are taxed to warehouse criminals.)

Families: The Founding Fathers agreed that religion and morality were chiefly responsible for creating a population that respected God’s Law. Schools continued this tradition. It is a grave error to believe that the State can keep crime rates low by outlawing the teaching of religion and morality in schools while appropriating billions of dollars to a growing “prison industry.”

Peer pressure is more potent an educator than teachers, at least in modern public schools. Children who are not victims of government schooling and who have been trained to appreciate America's libertarian values can pass these values on to their neighborhood playmates who come from non-Christian homes. American parents have always been careful to know who their children play with, and always make an effort to meet the parents of their children's playmates and invite them to learn more about God’s Law. Sometimes children have been known to have a dramatic impact on their parents. Christian families can teach Godly values to neighborhood children, who may have an effect on their parents.

If a parent finds out that a child has committed theft or property damage, that parent should require the child to make restitution. This applies to children of any age (Deuteronomy 21:18-21). Adult children should be evicted, and ultimately disinherited. In too many cases, older children who commit crimes have parents who subsidize their criminal lives.

Churches should excommunicate those who are unrepentant. It should be socially unacceptable to not be a part of a Christian church or para-church organization. The sermon should be the dominant media event of our culture.

Employers should penalize employees who have committed crimes. Paychecks should be garnished to pay restitution to victims. Unrepentant employees should be fired. Recidivist criminals tend not to seek gainful employment, but before they become recidivists, the threat of unemployment is a strong incentive to avoid crime or undo the damage done by criminal acts. Lunchtime Bible studies and employee training sessions can pass on the values of Biblical Law.

Landlords should evict unrepentant criminals. Weekend classes in property management, concern for the environment, and household budgeting can be required of tenants in rental agreements. Such actions maximize respect for property and minimize crime.

Insurance Agencies will not insure property unless it is protected with a network of contracts that require restitution both on the part of the insured and those with whom the insured deals.

Merchants should not sell to those who have committed crimes and have not made restitution. Criminals should find it very hard to live in a Christian society until they repudiate a life of crime and commit to making amends for past acts of crime.

Teachers should pass on Biblical values to their students, even in classes that do not directly teach social and cultural subjects. Like the Apostles (Acts 5:29), teachers should defy court orders prohibiting a discussion of American values before and after school, and at lunch. Schools should evict students who do not make restitution.

Non-profit associations should pick up the hard cases from schools and other institutions. Intensive “brainwashing” may be necessary to fill the character void and reverse years of bad habits and unbiblical thinking.

Media sources which propagate anti-American values should be boycotted. Americans should invite the lost to join them in viewing movies, television, plays, concerts, and other events which transmit Biblical values. Americans should invite at-risk children and adults to neighborhood reading circles in which great American books are read and discussed. Media sources should adversely publicize those who do not respect life, liberty or property. The internet should have plenty of sites which catalog those who have been disinherited, evicted, boycotted, excommunicated, etc. Public shame is a strong source of social order. (Daniel B. Klein, Reputation: Studies in the Voluntary Elicitation of Good Conduct (Economics, Cognition, and Society), University of Michigan Press, 1997)

The strongest criticism of this proposal is likely to come not from Christians who oppose anarchism, but homosexuals who oppose Christian culture. When these “private,” non-political institutions are vigilant and Biblical, there is far less “liberty” for criminals than when the State is functioning “properly” but family, church, school, business, and voluntary associations are dormant. The forces of unrighteousness are far more likely to complain that people are trying to “impose their religion” on them than when these institutions are silent and hope a strong centralized State will speak out against evil. In short, a society is well-governed when “the government” no longer exists. This is not “utopian,” this is an ethical imperative.

Actually, as Bruce Benson has shown, private response to crime has historically been the norm:

The historical reality of crime policy is that public [state] provision of criminal justice is a recent social experiment that has not worked as predicted. The increasing role of private security that we see today is actually a return to historical practices rather than something new, although private sector institutions and technologies have changed dramatically as entrepreneurs have discovered new ways to deliver the desired protection. . . . One survey indicates that nearly half of all business security managers investigate and resolve employee thefts within the business organization without ever reporting the crime.
To Serve and Protect: Privatization and Community in Criminal Justice (Political Economy of the Austrian School Series)

When all these social institutions are functioning properly, there is no need for the IRS, the INS, the DEA, or other fascist agencies.

History gives numerous examples of how theft,  fraud, and other crimes can be dealt with in societies without socialism. Details here.



Nagging in American History

America became the greatest and most admired nation in the history of the world because we were a nation of naggers. Society was judgmental, intolerant, and constantly nagging everyone to work hard, be respectful, and don't hit your sister.

Today, we're much more "tolerant," and nobody is allowed to nag. As a result, people are lazy, disrespectful, and your sister gets beat up by her pimp.

Let's listen to some voices from the past, to see how nagging creates utopia.

Libertarianism is not a society without order. It is a society ordered from the bottom up rather than the top down. Among the most important sources of social order are "voluntary associations."

Democrats and Republicans are both advocating more power for Washington, D.C. This is not a new approach. In the early 1820's, America was experiencing a tremendous influx of immigrants. Alexis de Tocqueville was a French observer who doubted whether America could retain her admirable character with all these immigrants. DeTocqueville said only armed force could deal with the immigrants. But Christians in the America of that day believed that "the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ" (2 Corinthians 10:3-5). Early American Christians sent an army of missionaries to deal with pressing social issues.

R.J. Rushdoony provides the following insights into DeTocqueville's day:

At [this] time, the United States was facing potentially revolutionary changes. The great influx of immigrants was beginning; people were pouring into the country who had little or no knowledge of its faith or heritage. They were simply seeking escape from tyranny and poverty and a better life for themselves.

In an important footnote, [Alexis de Tocqueville] saw the grim problem of the urban slums and their alien and criminal elements, declaring:

The United States have no metropolis; but they already contain several very large cities. Philadelphia reckoned 161,000 inhabitants and New York 202,000 in the year 1830. The lower orders which inhabit these cities constitute a rubble even more formidable than the populace of European towns. They consist of freed blacks in the first place, who are condemned by the laws and by public opinion, to an hereditary state of misery and degradation. They also contain a multitude of Europeans who have been driven to the shores of the New World by their misfortunes or their misconduct; and these men inoculate the United States with all our vices, without bringing with them any of those interests which counteract their baneful influence. As inhabitants of a country where they have no civil rights, they are ready to turn all the passions which agitate the community to their own advantage; thus, within the last few months serious riots have broken out in Philadelphia and in New York. Disturbances of this kind are unknown in the rest of the country, which is nowise alarmed by them, because the population of the cities has hitherto exercised neither power nor influence over the rural districts.

Nevertheless, I look upon the size of certain American cities, and especially on the nature of their population, as a real danger which threatens the future security of the democratic republics of the New World; and I venture to predict that they will perish from this circumstance, unless the government succeed in creating an armed force, which, while it remains under the control of the majority of the nation, will be independent of the town population, and able to repress its excesses.
(Democracy in America, I:316f., Langley ed.)

Unwed pregnant girls were often disposed of in Europe by buying them a one-way ticket to America, for them there to seek their ostensible level, usually prostitution. "Black sheep" sons were also sent off to the United States, or ran off to it. . . .

The reaction of some conservatives was political and repressive. . . .

Tocqueville felt that that United States would surely "perish" under this invasion 'unless the government succeed in creating an armed force . . . independent of the town population' and able to control it. . . .

Hostility toward foreigners led to the creation of various "native American" movements and political bodies. These organizations fed on hatred for outsiders and stimulated it by highly emotional charges and claims. More than a little violence was unleashed against various immigrant groups.

These organizations not only did not accomplish their purpose, but also did much damage to American life.

The orthodox Christian reaction was very different. A wide variety of societies were created to minister to the new problems: Sabbath Schools for immigrant children and Christian day schools as well were created; English was taught to adults; missions were started; orphanages, relief societies, Bible societies, societies to deal with various vices, these and hundreds of other organizations were established to deal with every kind of problem which arose. The future of America was shaped by this massive effort at Christian reconstruction. The "native American" movement failed; the Christian reconstruction was so extensive that it became the real government of American society. . . . Alexis de Tocqueville, in commenting on the impact of non-ecclesiastical, societal Christianity on America, noted that authority in America was religious and that "there is no country in the whole world in which the Christian religion retains a greater influence over the souls of men than in America." (op cit., I:332)

The 'Native American' movements did much harm to American life. They were noisy in their claims that they represented "real Americanism," but they were at best a neutralizing force to progress and Christianity. At their worst, they were anti-Christian and un-American in the name of Christ and America. By claiming to be the conservative force -- which they were not, for they had no appreciation for their puritan heritage -- they brought discredit on that heritage.

On the other hand, orthodox Christians, by their zeal to bring every man under the renewing power of God, did more than anyone else to cope with the central problems of American life. . . .

R.J. Rushdoony, Revolt Against Maturity: A Biblical Psychology of Man, pp. 216ff.

Alexis de Tocqueville, 
Chapter 5: Of the Use Which the Americans Make of Public Associations in Civil Life

Second Book: Influence of Democracy on the Feelings of the Americans
Democracy in America, Volume 2

Christianity in the 21st century is a narcotic. It is a me-centered "feel-good" religion. Too many Christians advocate more power for the federal government, the creation of "armed forces," and neglect the creation of voluntary associations and missions organizations which made America a great and Christian nation. These Christians want to "restore America" by creating a federal government vastly more powerful than the one created by Christians in the late 1700's. The coming America will not resemble the America of our Founding Fathers.

The civil government under the Founding Fathers publicly and officially ENCOURAGED these Christian "societies" -- they did not take the position of contemporary church-state jurisprudence, which says that government must never "endorse" or encourage Christian solutions to social problems like illiteracy and immorality.

As the New Hampshire Constitution, Art 1, sec. 6, "Bill of Rights" said,

As morality and piety rightly grounded on evangelical principles will give the best and greatest security to government and will lay in the hearts of men the strongest obligations to due subjection; and as the knowledge of these is most likely to be propagated through a society by the institution of the public worship of the Deity and of public instruction in morality and religion; therefore, to promote these important purposes, the people of this State have a right to empower, and do hereby fully empower, the legislature to authorize, from time to time, the several towns, parishes, bodies corporate, or religious societies within this State to make adequate provision at their own expense for the support and maintenance of public Protestant teachers of piety, religion, and morality.

America was made great by Christian charity, and the Constitution did not abolish or prohibit this.

We cannot approve, however, of "faith-based" governmental appropriations. Appropriations should come voluntarily from the wallets of Americans, not from the barrel of a gun and seized by the IRS.

Secular Humanism has been imposed on America in an unconstitutional manner, and charity has also been crippled.


An important book is Marvin Olasky, The Tragedy of American Compassion. He details how early America was dominated by voluntary associations and "societies," such as "The Salem Society for the Moral and Religious Instruction of the Poor." 

At the Trough," by Roger Schultz, review of Olasky
http ://www.visi.com/~contra_m/cm/reviews/cm04_rev_trough.html

"Compassionate Conservatism" - Olasky
What is Compassionate Conservatism and Can it Transform America-

I have already posted excerpts from Cremin's authoritative history of education, which discusses the tremendous influence upon education these societies had. There were many, many such societies, and they met an urgent need.

Voluntary Associations and the Priesthood of All Believers


How Voluntary Associations Can Solve the Healthcare "Crisis"
Medical Insurance that Worked — Until Government "Fixed" It

A footnote: The United States, plural

Notice that de Tocqueville said, "The United States have no metropolis; but they already contain several very large cities." It was common in de Tocqueville's day to use plural verbs to speak of the United States -- as in, "The United States are a great source of inspiration to those who love Liberty Under God" --  because the United States was a union of sovereign States, and the Constitution acknowledged the sovereignty of those States. In our day the federal government has ignored the Constitution and the original intent of its Framers, and has almost completely eliminated "states' rights." It seems that its main purpose is to protect its own power, and further centralize power over the states. "The United States is no longer an inspiration to those who love Liberty Under God."



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