Twentieth Century b - RR160F12b
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Between July of 1970 and April 1971 three fourths of a year, it went through fifteen major printings, tremendous editions, some of them as much as a hundred thousand copies. It also had a literary guild edition, a psychology today edition, as well as other printings. It has been enormously popular. Modern man with his unbelief likes the vision here because basically hating God he hates himself and hates life. This is the kind of world we face. A world which most men around us want. They are suicidal, they hate God and therefore themselves. I recall some years ago and I’ve referred to this a time or two reading with a sense of shock an account by a psychiatrist of patients in institutions, mental institutions, whose hatred of God is so great that the only way they can strike at God is to strike at themselves because they bear the image of God and so they deliberately defile themselves. [00:03:30]
These are mature men and women, highly intelligent...
These are mature men and women, highly intelligent, who will deliberately eat their urine and feces and do it with pleasure because see what I’m doing to your image God, this is the hatred of God that is in the heart of man. As our Lord said speaking His wisdom ages ago: “He that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul, all they that hate Me love death.” Proverbs 8:36. And the love of death governs our politics, our education, our amusement, our films, television, novels, our life today. We must live in difficult and challenging times but God is still on the throne and our future comes from Him and not this scientific elite and so while these are perhaps very difficult times they are also tremendously exciting and challenging times because we are at the crossroads of history. We have a great and tremendous opportunity and we must remember that in every age one with God is the majority. We have a responsibility to remake all things in terms of Christ and His word. And to recognize that we cannot give our loyalty to anything short of God and His word. Anything that falls short of that belongs to the enemy and we have an opportunity and a tremendous one. Men have been fakers, the modern age from kings down to commoners have shown their depravity. Now let us set forth the glory and the righteousness of God and of His kingdom. Let us pray. [00:06:06]
Almighty God our Heavenly Father who of Thy sovereign...
Almighty God our Heavenly Father who of Thy sovereign grace has called us to be Thy people and have given us so glorious an opportunity in this day to set forth Thy word in the face of the powers of darkness. We thank Thee that Thy word shall not return and unto Thee void and shall be accomplished that whereunto Thou dost send it. And power us therefore by Thy grace to stand in Thee and by Thy word and to be more than conquerors through Him that loved us, even Jesus Christ our Lord. In his name we pray, Amen.
Let me remind you before we begin our questions that we shall next week have a two or three week series on the effect of Platonism on Christianity and we’ll see forms of Platonism around us in the modern political scene. So I think it is an extremely important subject because I think it will help us to sort out the various Christian and semi-Christian movements around us as well as to understand the secular movements. And it’ll be just as the previous sessions were, one dollar per session and I’ll try to get it in two but it may take three and I’ll know more about that next week. Now are there any questions about our lesson? Yes?
[Rushdoony] No, they have been very popular and very well received. Brave New World in 1984 were satires on what was coming, these are very sober presentations. And their popularity has been because there are very great many people who like it and feel they are going to be on the top of the pile or feel well there’ll be no problems in that kind of a world and I’m fed up with problems, you see. Many people want to be zombies. This is the whole point, for example, in drugs; the drug culture is now down to the junior high level and seeping down into the grade school level. [00:09:05]
[Rushdoony] Well of course one of the attractions of jobs in big corporations is precisely that you don’t do any work as a free agent. This is the big appeal of a big corporation, they go to the campuses and the prize recruits are very often the young radicals who have been demonstrating against them because it’s a sure thing and they like a sure thing. The company isn’t likely to go under and if you go through the motions you are there and you get ahead, you move in the right circles, it has a big appeal.
[Rushdoony] A limited risk situation, precisely.
[Rushdoony] Well it’s an interesting thing, there was a study recently, I was some place and I saw this journal and read it, on the top executives in major corporations today. This is what happens: when men graduate, say from the Harvard School of Business or the Stanford school of Business or any other major school for business management many of the top students of course land the choice jobs, say with General Electric, General Dynamics, Ford and so on, with the big corporations in the country. So right off the bat they are making from fifteen to twenty thousand dollars as junior executives. But they never go more than so far, they reach a secondary level and never go further than that. And what they found in the study was the men who leave these schools and don’t take these jobs with the big corporations but get a job with a small company that hires from between twenty and two hundred men and very often will go to work with one of five or six men [00:12:01]
Where they have to hustle and they make that company...
Where they have to hustle and they make that company grow so that from nothing it begins to mushroom, these are the ones who are chosen for the top offices of the major corporations in the company. In other words these boards when they look around find where is there someone who has been an old fashioned entrepreneur, we’ll have to get him. They always pass over the bright young executives that they chose for their company. So they come from the outside always now, they are looking for the person who can take chances and put a company ahead. But the sad fact is that the company that they left now that it’s gotten up there will start looking for the sure thing type of management and then it begins to level off in its growth. Yes?
[Rushdoony] No, it’s another one of these groups of thinkers and planners and today since what you have is government by experts basically the politicians rely on them. In fact they feel as if they are naked if they’re not and the press, the people, the politicians, they all turn on someone who doesn’t rely on them. Now this was Lyndon Johnson’s big mistake. After a certain point he did not rely too much on these people partly because they were so much associated with Kennedy that he felt that he didn’t any part of them and of course Johnson who was the best Democratic president this country has had in this century in that he did more to accomplish the goals of his party than any democratic president. He did far more to further the platform of his party than F.D.R. ever did. And yet his party turned against him, everyone did. He couldn’t have run again for office and there are some who claim that Humphrey lost because Humphrey did not disavow Johnson. And his big offense was of course he broke with all these experts. [00:14:53]
And they really turned on him...
And they really turned on him. And of course this is one thing that Nixon is fast trying to catch up on. And this is why he has people like Kissinger and others around him, he has a scientific elite around him because this is what the modern man likes. He definitely does. Again and again this has been demonstrated, this is the appeal, we’re living in a scientific age and people love a scientifically governed thing, it means a sure thing to them. And of course they distrust politicians so if the politician wants to improve his image he gets the scientists because there he is relying really on superior people. Yes?
[Rushdoony] Very true. A very good point. And this is true now of natural history which I’ve delighted in for years but it’s getting to be more and more political and this is because when you are talking about science today you’re talking about politics. So that the scientists today are about political as the Republican and Democratic parties and maybe more so because a lot of the Republican women’s activities and the Democratic women’s activities are more social than political. So the parties today are not too politically oriented. Yes?
[Rushdoony] It’s a part of the scientific world because the essence of magic and witchcraft is total control by man over man, nature and anything beyond nature. And this is exactly what these books are talking about, you see. So science today has become magic and so it’s ready to talk about magic. It’s ready to have magical goals, it’s ready to explore any subject as an open question except God.
[Rushdoony] Yes, they are the new magicians. After all when they talk about the kind of thing that these books do, about making men and abolishing debt and reversing the first and second laws of thermodynamics, you know, just changing the whole nature of the creation. They are talking, oh they are putting the whole magicians to shame, they were pikers by comparison.
[Rushdoony] Well, the purpose is basically this: first of all he is a politician. Every president is a politician first. Now, what he wants to do is to stimulate the economy, our balance of payment situation is very bad so here is the biggest market in the world, if he can open it up for selling think of how he can help the whole balance of payment situation. So that’s the whole purpose, to open it up. Now of course the kind of trade we will get is a very deadly one, they are telling us the Chinese are very good at payment, very prompt, well how do they pay? They pay off in anything they have that they want to send to you on their terms. They’ll put a price, say, on the hog bristles they are going to give you, so if you are selling them airplanes or trucks you will wind up with more hog bristles than you know what to do with. And you aren’t in merchandizing hog bristles so what do you do? Well Jack [unknown] was telling me what happened to his company recently because they were dealing with, may I tell this story? [Sure], with Douglas and Douglas had sold planes to Yugoslavia and Yugoslavia paid them off with hams. [00:20:00]
So Douglas paid off their suppliers with hams and told...
So Douglas paid off their suppliers with hams and told them you are going to take hams instead of money, period. Now this is the way they are going to solve the balance of payment deficit, you see, the big corporations won’t be hurt, they’ll just pass it on to their suppliers, you see. And this is the way they are going to make business, you see. So that’s it basically. Now they are hoping by the first quarter of 72 they will have a very favorable balance of payment picture. Yes?
[Rushdoony] Oh of course, of course, they can get the dollars but they won’t get any more business. And they’ll be wiped out. If you cannot sell to the big companies, you are a small supplier, your market, you’re at their mercy and if they are going to pay you off with hams and hog bristles you are going to take hams and hog bristles.
[Rushdoony] Yes. [Laughter]
[Rushdoony] Yes but remember it was much harder for the Christians in the arena to see any possibility of victory when every Christian was doomed, was going to be exterminated. Must have been very hard for them but they did have that faith and they were right. And you see, it isn’t by sight that we walk but by faith.
[Rushdoony] Mhmm, so we have to say it is true. Now the big argument, for example, that Hal Lindsey uses against postmillennialism and that J. Adams uses against postmillennialism is that, look at the papers, how can it be true. Well if you look at the papers there is no God either. But we’re not to look at the papers but to God and His word and in terms of that, why, if the ungodly flourish, the psalmist says, it is that they be destroyed. So they are going to be destroyed and that’s our confidence.
[Rushdoony] Yes, it’s a beautiful story. Yes?
[Rushdoony] That’s Hal Lindsey which I just referred to, stay away from it.
[Unintelligible Question] [00:24:00]
[Rushdoony] Yes, you mentioned Mexico and that’s a...
[Rushdoony] Yes, you mentioned Mexico and that’s a very good point. When the Spaniards went into Mexico, the Aztecs, the Montezuma, had total power. And the Spanish were just a handful. And what very few people realized is that the only way the handful of Spaniards overthrew the Aztec empire was because the people had reached the limit. They were filled up to here with horror at the totalitarian regime of the Aztec power and of Montezuma. Human sacrifice was a routine thing, the common people were like animals to be slaughtered, there was an elite class that was fed on human meat and it was openly sold in markets and they felt that they would grow stronger on it and it had reached the point where anything was better and the Spaniards were cruel but that cruelty was preferable and so the empire collapsed. This is why today the Soviet Union while it is so tremendously powerful, far more powerful militarily, is afraid of its own people because they’ve pushed them, they’ve murdered them, to the point where they don’t care anymore. And you’ve had some of the prominent writers and scientists there smuggle out their books which are protests against what is going on there and they are being published in this country. They are ready to take what may be dished out to them for the simple reason they feel what’s the use any longer. Now that’s what’s ahead of us: disillusionment to the point where the thing crumbles. [00:26:51]
Assyria was the most powerful empire in all of history...
Assyria was the most powerful empire in all of history, terrorizing everyone, but suddenly it crumbled almost overnight. Well to change the subject from things rather grim to something of a much lighter vein some months ago I read to you from the California Farmer, the Editor Jack Pickett’s account of his prize bull Charlie. And people have written to him is Charlie real? Or is this true and in fact at Kelseyville they decided they wanted to put it to the test, is there a real Charlie so let’s have him in the parade. I won’t read you the whole thing but portions of it so I’ll skip around a bit till I get to the latter part:
“Many people ask me about my prize bull Charlie 007 who lives on my one acre ranch in Lafayette with ten cowboys, many ask me if Charlie really exists.”
Then he goes on to say he took him to Nevada recently for a breeding and then took him to another ranch and he said:
“It was lunchtime and the cowboys were gathered down near the corral. Charlie was going through all his idiot tricks trying to snaggle a beer from one of the boys, he’s gotten to be very fond of beer. He was single footed back and forth, then he would try a fancy step but the boys were not buying that day. Suddenly they saw Charlie’s tail go straight up in the air. There on the other side of the corral was a big barren doe. This doe was getting fat off Charlie’s feed. We had seen her crawl under the corral and it’s amazing how small a place deer can get through by getting down on their bellies and crawling. Charlie’s eyesight isn’t so great anymore he used to know enough not to chase deer but to him this looked like a Jersey heifer with his eyesight being what it was. Showing frightful manners and with no attempt to get acquainted that bull just took off like Geronimo and charged. That doe looked up to see this frightful thing hurtling at her. She turned and tucking her feet under her sailed over the corral like a thing of beauty. Charlie had a quick decision to make, either hit the brakes or try for the top pole of the corral. [Laughter] He chose the latter, imitating the doe. Tucking his feet under him he sailed into the corral, his head hit but his body rolled up against the rails and he finally sank head first down to the ground, did a momentary head stand and crashed over on his side. Well Charlie got his beer, that’s what it took to bring him out of dreamland. The boys supported him back to his bachelor quarters where they made him comfortable.” [00:29:59]
“Sure they came and got me and they decided that outside...
“Sure they came and got me and they decided that outside of a terribly sore everything he was going to live. A few days later Shorty came to me with the suggestion that we take Charlie up to our ranch in Lake County because his spirits seemed to be broken. I told Shorty he would have to go along, he said ‘Boss is that dumb bull going to ride the front side like he always does?’ I said ‘there is no other way’ Shorty said ‘I’m not going to ride up there with him, he’s got a [unknown]’, I said ‘no, Shorty you’re going to have to ride up there with us’. Shorty said ‘well is he house broke?’ I said ‘pretty well’. Meanwhile Charlie’s fame had preceded him a guy with a beautiful herd right out of middle town had asked for Charlie’s services. I told him I was bringing Charlie up to Lake County and right past his door but I told him that Charlie was too racked up from a broad jumping experience to be of any good. Well this guy leaked the news that Charlie was coming and we got another letter from Kelseyville asking if Charlie were real and could he lead their big annual tourist plucking and muskrat skinning day parade. We knew Charlie would be in his hambone glory so we said ok. We made it to Kelseyville just in time, the parade was juts forming. They had a lot of effort put into colorful clothes. The natives gasped when they saw Charlie get out of the front seat and Shorty had a short [unknown] getting a halter on him. Well all was ready and everybody in the place for the long hike through greater downtown Kelseyville when a guy from the excellent little local paper called the Clear Lake Observer stepped right up in front of Charlie and took a flash picture. Charlie thought the world had fallen down. Instead of leading the parade that dumb bull disemboweled it. People were scattering, floats were exploding in magnificent bursts of colors as he wiped out the entire parade. [Laughter] One guy standing next to me said if that bull with that rack of horns had been thirty feet to the left he would have wiped out the left hand side of Kelseyville. [Laughter] To avoid a lynching we jammed out festooned bull into the truck and took off for the Lake. We are strictly in hiding. Charlie is on nerve pills, Kelseyville hasn’t been that upset since the Indians ran old man Kelsey down and parted his hair with a skinning knife.”
And with that we are adjourned.