Economy without the Human Element

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In today’s frenetic globalism, the rusty steel girders of the industrial age have now become barriers themselves and are being hurled down and scrapped.  From the ruins of our rust belts, fiber optics cables are spinning the web of a new networked global society radically different from our own.

Such advances break down not local but national trade, political and economic barriers and create ever bigger global networks and structures. At the same time, the cables that connect also bind since all are tethered to these giant networks and are subject to their rules.

Thus, we see the framework of a global economy being built where huge markets are opened, but the regulations of new supranational structures impose themselves upon the nations as can be seen in global trade rules, monetary unions or even the Kyoto protocols.

Likewise, the same technologies that supposedly empower the individual to pursue his own happiness, also power the massive databases of intrusive government that pry into the private lives of individuals, record his every movement and monitor the operation of markets.

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A Clash of Mentalities

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When discussing economic models, it is easy to become overly focused on technical and statistical analysis and disregard social and cultural factors. In the book, Return to Order: From a Frenzied Economy to an Organic Christian Society—Where We’ve Been, How We Got Here, and Where We Need to Go, we affirm that every economic model has its impact upon the society in which it is embedded.

In fact, a great part of the present crisis stems from the fact that modern economy with its frenetic intemperance strongly influences a corresponding society with its own set of values. It gives rise to a mentality that we call the rule of money.

The rule of money is, of course, the misuse of money. This rule transforms money from a common means of exchange into the principal measure of all relationships and values. Tragically under this rule, there is an entirely different way of looking at life—a mentality—where social, cultural and moral values are put aside. It is a mentality that reduces everything to the terms of a commercial contract, drafted, signed, and carried out at a frenetic pace.

Thus, modern economic activity becomes cold and impersonal; mechanical and inflexible. A materialistic set of values is put in place that attaches more importance to quantity over quality, utility over beauty, matter over spirit. Concretely it gives rise to a climate of absorbing self-interest, commercialization, speculation and credit expansion.

The only effective means to oppose the rule of money is a return to an opposing rule—a different mentality with another set of values—that has always stood contrary to the rule of money. We call this opposing rule, the rule of honor.

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Order – the First Need of the Nation

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Order is one of the central themes of the book, Return to Order From a Frenzied Economy to an Organic Christian Society—Where We’ve Been, How We Got Here, and Where We Need to Go. It is the object of our return and therefore must be clearly understood.

The word order can bring several things to mind.

  • When items are in their proper place as perhaps in a closet, they are said to be in order.
  • When some kind of discipline is applied, as in the case of law enforcement, the result is order.
  • When Marine Corps Band executes a command from their officer, the parade is in good order.
  • When something works, it is said to be in order.

All these notions convey the idea of a basic set of internal principles that give meaning and organization to a situation. Perhaps the best general definition of order is that of American philosopher Russell Kirk who affirms: “Order is the first need of the soul.”

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Towards An Organic Christian Society

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It is always easier to criticize than to propose solutions. In the book, Return to Order: From a Frenzied Economy to an Organic Christian Society —Where We’ve Been, How We Got Here, and Where We Need to Go, modern economy is criticized, but the greater part of the text deals with a remedy. Our proposal … Read more