Boundary Stone

Reclaiming boundaries. Reclaiming common sense

Basic Economics Audio Lectures

Twelve audio lectures to accompany Basic Economics posted at My Freedom Frontier.   1: In the Beginning... 2: How to Make a Sandwich 3: Alleviating Tension in the Commons 4: The History of Money and Banking 5: The Federal Reserve and the Boom-Bust Cycle 6: The...

The Vanity of the Minimum Wage

The recent popularity for governments at various levels to increase the minimum wage is overwhelming evidence of the immense economic ignorance that plagues our country. Not only that, such policies actually oppress the poor among us and ought, on that basis alone, to motivate Christians to vocally oppose such measures. Regrettably, we often find Christians actively supporting such rules. In doing so they falsely believe that their efforts to impose these regulations are charitable.

This needs some explanation of course. But, if we understand…

The Decline of Civility

As the culture wars continue to rage, civility is on the decline. At root the battle for our culture pits those trying to save Western civilization against those seeking to replace it with a secularized vision of utopia. It should be noted that Western civilization...

Plundering Our Way to Prosperity?

We all face numerous obstacles in life. Many of these are natural. There are always limits to our time and understanding. We must overcome the problem of distance and our useful means are always limited. In fact, the very first principle of economics states that there...

Government: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Our government is out of control. Could you explain why? Could you explain what the legitimate purpose for government is? This article by Dr. Paul Cleveland, originally written in 1997, explains the exact problem that we face, and lays out the case for returning to...

The Minimum Wage: An Island Tale

Consider three individuals who are living on an island. Imaginatively, let’s call them Gus, Carl, and Hillary. Now, through a lot of risky hard work climbing trees and picking fruit, Gus has accumulated quite a stash of coconuts. However, since Gus has been busy...

Who Can Be Trusted With Freedom of Choice?

Christianity has always asserted that people are sinners. This does not mean that people are as bad or evil as they could possibly be, but that every aspect of their being is tainted by sin. As such, human action is always flawed in this world. Unrighteousness and...

On Tithing and Taxes

Hillary Clinton recently proposed changing the way long-term capital gains are taxed. This proposal prompted me to take a look back to see how capital gains have been taxed over the past 25 years. In doing this I discovered that the tax treatment of long-term capital...

Rule Makers Gone Wild

Each year for the past twenty years Clyde Crews of the Competitive Enterprise Institute has updated his assessment of the federal regulatory government.[i] Over the course of that time span the various federal agencies have drafted over 81,000 final rules and...

Government Action and Oppressing the Poor

The writer of Proverbs warns us against the folly of keeping a common purse with immoral people.[1] This proverb can be applied to how we think about our government’s provision of various goods and services ranging from education to housing to healthcare. Indeed, it...

On Limited Government

Moral action requires choice. How can we say that one action is virtuous and another immoral, if the person acting has no choice in the matter? In an earlier post I argued along with Frederic Bastiat that liberty is the environment in which moral character is developed. Recognizing that this proposition must square with the fact that we live in a sinful world, I would like to further explore the purpose of government. Because of sin’s reality it is most certainly not government’s role to plan and control all of life since no one is fit for the task….

Why Boundary Stone?

“Cursed is the man who moves his neighbor’s boundary stone.”
(Deuteronomy 27:17)

This curse was numbered among the many that Israel’s priests called out upon the people from Mount Ebal as the nation entered the promised land in the Old Testament. God had given the people His law. He expected it to be observed and if it was not observed, then the people would be cursed. Among the requirements of the law was the affirmation of private property, which is rooted in the 8th commandment against theft.

The name for our organization is taken from the Deuteronomy passage because I believe that we live in a society where people are beginning to routinely move their neighbor’s boundary stones. Today we live in a culture that plays fast and loose with the property rights of others. The proposition that the powers of government may and should be used for the purpose of redistributing property from one person to another has become commonly accepted. However, there is no biblical mandate for such action. In essence, this kind of activity undercuts the legitimate property rights of individual people and is, therefore, a legalized form of theft. The classic case of such theft in the Bible was the conspiracy of Ahab and Jezebel to take Naboth’s vineyard. In this case, Ahab and Jezebel were motivated by their own greed. Modern redistribution is generally motivated by charitable desires. However, we cannot truly be charitable toward others by promoting the violation of our neighbors’ private property. Such efforts confuse the meaning of charity. The important point to make is that the government  is limited and its actions are as much bound by the moral law of God as are the activities of anyone else. Moreover, failure to act morally inevitably invites one’s own destruction since such behavior ignores the laws of God.

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