Political Meekonomy

The term “Political Economy” was the original term coined in the 18th century to describe the study and discipline of moral philosophy associated with the production, buying, and selling of goods and their relationship to law, culture and government. Hence the study of political economy is really the study of ethics.

By the late 19th century popular usage of the term had been shortened to the single word we use today to describe this study; economics. However with the shortening of the term also came the narrowing of the focus and any thought of the morality and ethics of the issue slowly began to fade away.

“Political Meekonomy” is therefore the term I use to describe the study of Christian Ethics as they relate to modern economics, moral philosophy, law, culture and government.

Over the next several months (Who am I kidding? The last time I did this it took 4 years!), I will be developing this idea further with the hopes of developing a new book to expand on the ideas put forth in my first self-published book “Meekonomics; Kingdom Economics from a Love Based Mentality” (Buy it now)

The new book’s working title is “Political Meekonomy; Christian Ethics for a Post-Christian World”. According to Wikipedia, Post-Christianity is the world-view in which Christianity is no longer the dominant “civil religion” but has gradually assumed values, culture and worldviews that combine a variety of influences. By its very nature Post-Christianity assumes that the dominant values were once Christian and while culture slowly challenges the assumptions of Christianity the overall basis of cultural values remain strongly rooted there. This creates a cultural conflict between our “traditional values” and “progressive ideology” that threatens many conservative traditionalists and causes those who wish to re-examine our cultural assumptions to dismiss anything remotely Christian as repressive and archaic.

But to many Christian Ethics are still relevant and dare I say necessary for the maintenance of a just and fair society. If we are to move our culture beyond conservative stereo-types and truly embrace Christianity as a viable cultural, ethical and political movement in a our modern, multi-ethnic, pluralistic society we need to re-examine what it was that made it unique in the first place and what propelled “Christendom” to become the dominant cultural force it was for nearly two a millennia. We as Christians also need to be honest with ourselves and look closely and unflinchingly at what we did wrong, where we deviated from our own stated ethics and how we allowed culture to get so far off track. Indeed much of what has been considered morality inside the cultural assumptions of Christendom is far from what the early church fathers could have envisioned in the so called Pre-Christian world, when they were being heavily persecuted for their faith.

I could go on but since I’m just starting to develop this idea I’m afraid I might start to ramble so I’ll leave it at that for now, stay tuned….

The Book is Finally Out!

That’s right, I finally finished the book and released it on CreateSpace today!

Book Cover


Four years of research, Six months of writing comes down to this.  I can’t afford the ShamWow guy to help me promote it so this will have to do… 

Follow the link above and get you’re copy today, only $12.95!

Greed, Hubris and Downright Nasty @#$%

So this morning, like every other morning I got up and scrolled through my twitter and facebook pages to see what’s going on the world.  As you can well imagine the internet is full of some pretty interesting stuff, some if it uplifting, most of it fairly innocuous but today one thing jumped off the screen at me as downright nasty. 

That was the story that author and marketing guru Seth Godin published today on the birthday of Thomas Midgeley.  You can read Seth’s take on the man here – http://sethgodin.typepad.com/ but here are the cliff notes. 

Thomas Midgeley was the chemist who discovered that if you add lead to gasoline it makes your car engine run quieter.  Psychologically if a car engine is quiet people assume that it is efficient.  Midgeley knew that wasn’t really the case, he also knew that even brief exposure to lead vapor could lead to lead poisoning and he knew that to really get the results people wanted the best way would be to add grain alcohol to gasoline instead. 

Midgeley’s bosses knew that grain alcohol is expensive and lead is cheap.  And the rest, as they say, is history…

If that was the end of the story we could forgive Midgeley for his role in what, to this day has amounted to countless deaths and billions of dollars in environmental damage.  We could put him in the same category as hundreds of other scientists who made discoveries that seemed like a good idea at the time but ended up having unfortunate and unintended consequences.  We could call him a brilliant man who’s genius was exploited by greedy business men.  But unfortunately, for history and the legacy of an undoubtedly brilliant scientist the story doesn’t end there. 

You see Midgeley not only allowed his discovery to be used by deceptive and greedy business men, he actively participated in it.  At a press conference designed to show the safety of the stuff he sniffed and washed his hands in leaded gasoline, even though he knew the risks and as a result ended up contracting lead poisoning himself.  Shortly after that press conference he had to take six months off of work to recover! 

Greed can make people do stupid things!  Blinded by greed people tend to; deny the truth, distort the facts, take unnecessary risks and force unsafe products and practices on people who don’t know any better, even if they won’t use the product themselves.  It reminds me of the story I posted here last fall about Canada’s export of Asbestos to developing countries, all the while having banned the product for domestic use over 30 years ago.     

Thomas Midgeley was just one in a long line of scientists and lobbyists who became blinded by greed and are thus complacent in the deaths of millions of people and the destruction of the planet.  It’s time to wake up and stop letting greed overrule good science. 

Remember, if four out of five dentists agree that brushing with fluoride twice a day helps to reduce tooth decay, the fifth one doesn’t know a secret he’s just crazy!  Think about that the next time someone tries to deny global warming or the health risks of smoking cigarettes.

The Best Form of Government

It has been said that Democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.  – Winston Churchill

So one of my best and oldest friends called me out this week on something I tweeted regarding the new Pope. 

So far I’ve been pretty impressed with the way Pope Francis has gone about starting his reign.  He has shunned some of the more extravagant trappings of the job and repeatedly spoken about compassion for the poor.  Even the name he chose, Francis I, points to the more humble and compassionate direction it appears he intends to take the church. 

All this remains to be seen of course but it’s a confident beginning. 

My friend, a devote atheist, pointed out however that we have spend that last few centuries trying to rid the world of dictators and yet the Catholic Church still allows for the appointment of, what amounts to, a life-long dictator.  He put it a bit more colorfully than that, but you get gist.

That got me thinking, what’s wrong with dictatorships anyway and was Winston Churchill right or wrong when he said that democracy is essentially the best option we have?

Over the last few years, while I’ve worked on this blog and the accompanying book I’ve come to believe that not only was Churchill wrong, but that democracy is by its very nature governing from a point of weakness.  That leaves us with the uncomfortable reality that the “best” form of government is actually a Benevolent Dictatorship. 

Here me out…

Most Historians and Anthropologists agree that ancient tribal societies were far more egalitarian and peaceful than anything we have today.  The evidence points to these societies having been organized around a patriarch and a council of elders that ruled with impunity and little regard for public opinion.  At the end of the day they were a family that respected the leadership of their collective father.  And it was the father’s duty to lead from the front lines and make sure that everyone’s needs were met.  That is what the Catholic Church was originally designed to represent and indeed that’s why priests are called Father. 

Now as any parent knows, families are decidedly not democracies, at least not functional ones.  How messed up would that be if every time little Johnny misbehaved his punishment had to be put to a vote? 

Granted history also shows that truly benevolent dictatorships are few and far between, and the Catholic Church has been among the worst offenders.  But the fact that benevolent dictatorships get corrupted and oppressive has very little to do with any fundamental flaw in the design and more to do with human nature and lust for power.  In most cases Democracy is just as corrupt, especially when things are done in secret so as not to jeopardize the chances of re-election. 

I expand more on this idea in Chapter 5 and elsewhere in the book “Meekonomics; How to Inherit the Earth and Live Life to the Fullest under God’s Economy” for an advanced copy email me directly at:  themeekonomicsproject@gmail.com

As always your comments are welcome below.

Book Project Update!!!

Chapter Three is now on-line, above!!!

Thou Shall Not Covet; and other lessons from the law of Moses.

This is the chapter where I explore God’s provision for his people while they wander through the desert, the Ten Commandments and the counter intuitive economic concept of Jubilee.

Check it out and let me know what you think…

Book Project is Back On

Those of you who have been to the site in the past few days will notice that the book project is back on!

I started writing the book, “Meekonomics; How to Inherit the Earth and Live Life to the Fullest in God’s Economy” way back in 2008.  But I hit a snag in that I really had no idea, other than the title of how to formulate a book on such a technical, yet practical subject.  So I started to blog instead.   

The blog has run the gamut from economic theory and practical life lessons surrounding the purpose and use of money to exegetical theology and general self help.  Along the way I’ve read over 100 books on those same subjects, all the while with the idea for my own book in the back of my head. 

A few months ago I finally sat down and wrote out an outline, really nothing more than a table of contents that serves as my touch point for the way I want the book to flow, and an introduction, which again gives me an overview of how I want things to take shape.  With that in front of me I really had no more excuses so I dove in and over the course of about 3 weeks completed a first draft of chapter one.  I say first draft because I know there are still some holes in it but it’s good enough to post and start soliciting feedback while I start working on Chapter Two.

 So now at the top of the page here you will see three new buttons, “The Book Project” – which gives another brief introduction to what I’m doing and why along with a copy of the Table of Contents and links to the chapters as they are posted, “Introduction”, and “Chapter One” which are pretty self explanatory. 

I have no idea how long this project is going to take.  No doubt some chapters will take longer to write than others and I will more than likely revise some of them after they are posted.  The blog itself will continue.  I’m still committed to putting things up as I learn and think about them and no doubt the things I learn will find their way into the book somehow, but if I’m working on chapter two and I have an idea that fits better with chapter nine, or has nothing to do with the book at all, I’m still going to write and post it as part of the blog.

So there you have it, I hope you enjoy reading the book as much as I enjoy writing it….