The oldest and best warning against big government

From Samuel I Chapter 8:

10 Samuel told all the words of the LORD to the people who were asking him for a king. 11 He said, “This is what the king who will reign over you will claim as his rights: He will take your sons and make them serve with his chariots and horses, and they will run in front of his chariots. 12 Some he will assign to be commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and others to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and still others to make weapons of war and equipment for his chariots. 13 He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. 14 He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves and give them to his attendants. 15 He will take a tenth of your grain and of your vintage and give it to his officials and attendants. 16 Your male and female servants and the best of your cattle and donkeys he will take for his own use. 17 He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his slaves. 18 When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, but the LORD will not answer you in that day.”

Notice the progression in the king’s oppression. As I write in The Path to Tyranny:

Samuel’s warning in the Bible follows a logical progression. He starts by predicting the king will impose a military draft, a reasonable decree when the people desired a king to defend the country and defeat the Philistines. But the situation worsens with time as the king soon drafts men to farm his land and then women to cook, bake, and make perfume. Then the king takes away the people’s land followed by their servants and their livestock. Finally, “you will be his slave. On that day you will cry out because of your king whom you have chosen for yourselves – but God will not answer you on that day.”

I analyze Samuel’s warning in even more detail in The Path to Tyranny. Also note that Thomas Paine comments on Samuel’s warning in Common Sense and W. Cleon Skousen does as well in The 5000 Year Leap.

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One response to “The oldest and best warning against big government

  1. http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7381016.html
    Did you know that these folks who were providing food for the poor were forbidden only under a ‘statute’ and not a law. Therefore the people providing the food have a right to claim ‘freeman status’ – if they understand their position under the present system/s of the West.

    1.God
    2.One people under God,
    3.Commerce under the people,
    4.Government by elected officials for the BENEFIT of all the people
    5.Police enforcement organisations

    This was what the US Constitution was created to ensure.
    FIRST understand this principle – – – –

    Then do your own due diligence. THAT IS IMPORTANT.
    The problem is that people have been deceived into believing that those in #5 position are actually in #1 position.

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