The Rise of Blockchain Republics

When Prime Minister Boris Johnson recently announced an end to some medical mandates and virus-related restrictions in the United Kingdom, I thought: “This is a victory for nation-states over unitary global government.”  The reason the prime minister turned a 180 on his country’s COVID-1984 tyranny seems to be intricately linked to his own personal scandals involving the breaking of various lockdown, masking, and social gathering rules that form the crux of the U.K.’s totalitarian health regime.  If Klaus Schwab, George Soros, Bill Gates, or Anthony Fauci had complete control over the queen’s realm, you can bet that the mandates would never go away.  However, Boris is facing a vote of no confidence in Parliament and seeks to rally support from an increasingly fatigued and unhappy public by putting an end to what should never have been put in place.  Once again, localized politics has cut the legs out from underneath the monster of international hegemony.  This is a good thing.

Dissecting power into the smallest possible parts and spreading that power far and wide encourages personal freedom and individual rights and discourages the tyranny of oligarchs and authoritarians.  It is why principles of federalism, when observed, have succeeded at stabilizing political systems and promoting general peace and why royal dynasties and dictatorships generally lead to bloodshed and turmoil.  The more centralized power is, the more likely that power will be exercised tyrannically, and the more imperative it becomes for the people living under that tyranny to overthrow the whole system, rather than just some small malfunctioning part contained therein.  So nation-states are a blessing not just because they allow the people of common cultures to come together in society to create beyond their own separate limitations, but also because they represent a necessary bulwark against the threats of totalitarian one-world government.  Likewise, state and local governments provide invaluable checks on the threats of unjustly executed national power, and the individual appetites for power possessed by disparate politicians provide a check against the rise of aspiring tyrants.  People in any society benefit when the ambitions of the unscrupulous are kept in a constant tug of war.

One would think the rise and eventual fall of every great empire in the history of the world would provide more than enough illumination for the Davos crowd to grasp that vast centralized power always leads to violence and destruction.  The republican virtues of limited and representative government, separation of powers, and firm constitutional rights for citizens are not the idealistic daydreams of philosophers; they have proven over and over to constitute the most effective pragmatic mechanisms for extending the longevity of political systems.  Once individual rights disappear and power amalgamates into the hands of a few, governments have an expiration date.  The milk of tyrants always turns sour.

Alas, “elites” of every generation gorge on extra helpings of hubris while turning their noses up at wisdom, and their feasts invariably end the same way: expansive empires turned to dust because of gluttony.  In the United States, the federal government has steadily stolen powers originating with the individual states or reserved for the American people since its inception.  Individual rights guaranteed by the Constitution have been watered down or abandoned.  The political parties have found they can obtain more power by pretending to oppose each other while really opposing the people.  Representative government has become anything but “representative,” as the votes of elected officials are owned by multinational corporations, foreign governments, and lobbyist groups trading backroom favors.  The “free” press has withered into a farce for spouting propaganda dictated by its corporate and political masters.  The central bankers figured out how to steal the wealth of the American people by depreciating the value of the dollars paid for their labor and transferring that wealth to the speculators on Wall Street.  And the small collection of international financial titans has deduced how to use all these tricks in its bag to control the U.S. government at will, even when in direct conflict with the wishes of American citizens.

Mass illegal immigration, gutted domestic manufacturing, a heavy-handed and politicized Department of Justice, and a national security Deep State surveillance system — heralded by Davos and despised by ordinary Americans — have been the natural results.

For all of these reasons, the rise of blockchain technology comes at just the right moment in history to change everything.  Simply stated, blockchain is a decentralized database of transactions, and the rate of its adoption around the world is occurring twice as fast as the internet’s during its genesis.  It is transforming the world of finance by introducing the existence of digital cryptocurrencies and other financial instruments that cannot be controlled or manipulated by central banks or government spendthrifts.  It will not stop there.  It represents a revolutionary redesign in the ways information, wealth, and governance function by undercutting centralized authority and empowering everyone else.  It is the ultimate tool for slicing and dicing international authoritarianism into parts too dispersed for search engine and social media censors, corporate news propagandists, central bank thieves, or one-world government oligarchs to control.

If you have wondered why totalitarianism has come back into fashion and why Western leaders have spurned freedom for talk of wobbly notions of “democracy,” it is because the decentralizing benefits of blockchain technology have the potential to flip the hierarchy of power on its head.  Imagine a future where banks become unnecessary, central banks become obsolete, trade of goods and services no longer requires third-party lawyers or brokers, and personal wealth is secure from the snooping eyes of State agents.  Imagine if Google’s search engine, Twitter’s and Facebook’s fake “free speech” platforms, and breaking news websites could not be manipulated by corporate intermediaries working to stifle certain points of view and push others.  Imagine if services once traditionally left to the government sphere could be contracted among private towns and citizens without any space for regulators or lawmakers to intervene.  Imagine a world in which free speech and free trade are truly free, private property is secure from government taxation, Election Day votes are all easily verifiable through a public ledger, and people can choose to share information and ideas without the cultural Marxism of political correctness turning rights into liabilities.  Moving away from transactions controlled and monitored by “elites,” corporations, and governments and toward blockchain transactions that are “housed” nowhere, cannot be altered, and remain secured from bad actors means a system where censorship, coercion, and government monopoly fade away.

In other words, blockchain technology is the mother of all nuclear warheads against the Davos crowd’s dreams of global empire and domination.  No wonder we’ve had to go into medical lockdown for two years while the super-secret 1% of the 1% figure out how to “Great Reset” the world before the world figures out how to great reset them.

I remain convinced that we are on the threshold of a renaissance for freedom that cannot be terminated early by the collection of corporate, banking, and government powers working so hard today to maintain total control over their populations.  Boris Johnson’s “partygate” scandal is a timely reminder of how competing political interests work to prevent the accumulation of centralized power.  What blockchain transaction technology represents is a force multiplier for creating competing political interests.  It will do for federalism and separation of powers what venal politicians could not: protect the constitutional charters and natural rights of the people from the whims and abuses of tyrannical governance.  It might even reorganize nation-states in ways that have nothing to do with political borders and everything to do with personal choice.  Free nations may come roaring back to life.  Behold the rise of blockchain republics!

 

Source: The Rise of Blockchain Republics – American Thinker

 

For more Information on this subject please follow these links;

What is Blockchain Technology? – IBM Blockchain | IBM

What is Blockchain? (codecademy.com)

Blockchain Definition: What You Need to Know (investopedia.com)

Blockchain, explained | MIT Sloan

What is Blockchain? The Complete Guide to Blockchain Technology (bitdegree.org)

What is Blockchain Technology? A Step-by-Step Guide For Beginners (blockgeeks.com)

 

In Touch Ministries; Charles Stanley – Developing Convictions

Learning the Bible is essential for Christians, but so is being able to explain why we believe its doctrines.

Colossians 2:1-8

A seedling needs nutrients and time to grow into a tall, sturdy tree. In the same way, our convictions develop gradually through committed Bible study and prayer. In order to be firmly planted in biblical truth, we can’t simply hold up the Bible and claim we believe every word. We need to know why we’re convinced that the basic doctrines of the faith are true. 

Here are some questions to help you get started:

• Why do you consider the Bible to be true and trustworthy? 

• Why is Jesus Christ the only way to be saved? 

• What is the Holy Spirit’s role in the lives of believers and unbelievers? 

• What does the Bible say about stewardship of the earth?

• How should you think and act with regard to issues of justice and oppression? 

It’s my hope that these questions will cause you to contemplate how your personal philosophies have developed. Study the Bible and make it the cornerstone of your thinking. Evaluate what God says rather than looking at an issue through the lens of personal preference.  Ground yourself in Scripture. Then whenever a new philosophy comes along, you’ll be able to stand firm in the faith without wavering.  

Bible in One Year: Exodus 31-33

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Our Daily Bread — Not Holding Grudges

Bible in a Year:

Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.

Leviticus 19:18

Today’s Scripture & Insight:

Romans 12:12–21

During a promotional event in 2011, two seventy-three-year-old former Canadian Football League players got into a fistfight on stage. They had a “beef” (a grudge or feud) dating back to a controversial championship football game in 1963. After one man knocked the other off the stage, the crowd called out to him to “let it go!” They were telling him to “squash the beef.”

The Bible contains many examples of people “beefing.” Cain held a grudge against his brother Abel because God accepted Abel’s offering over his (Genesis 4:4–5). This grudge was so severe that it eventually led to murder as “Cain attacked his brother . . . and killed him” (v. 8). “Esau held a grudge against Jacob” because Jacob stole the birthright that was rightfully his (27:41). This grudge was so intense that it caused Jacob to run for his life in fear.

Not only does the Bible give us several examples of people who held grudges, but it also instructs us on how to “squash the beef”—how to seek forgiveness and reconciliation. God calls us to love others (Leviticus 19:18), pray for and forgive those who insult and injure us (Matthew 5:43–47), live peaceably with all people, leave revenge to God, and overcome evil with good (Romans 12:18–21). By His power, may we “squash the beef” today.

By:  Marvin Williams

Reflect & Pray

Why is it vital for us to not hold grudges? How will you work to restore a broken or damaged relationship this week? 

Jesus, thank You that I can forgive others because You’ve forgiven me.

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Grace to You; John MacArthur – Trusting in God’s Power

“I pray that … you may know … the surpassing greatness of [God’s] power toward us who believe” (Eph. 1:18-19).

The same divine power that created, sustains, and controls the universe secures your salvation.

God’s power is awesome! David wrote, “Thine, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, indeed everything that is in the heavens and the earth; Thine is the dominion, O Lord, and Thou dost exalt Thyself as head over all. Both riches and honor come from Thee, and Thou dost rule over all, and in Thy hand is power and might; and it lies in Thy hand to make great, and to strengthen everyone. Now therefore, our God, we thank Thee, and praise Thy glorious name” (1 Chron.29:11-13).

In Ephesians 1:19 Paul focuses on one key feature of God’s power: His ability to secure the salvation of His people. And he prays for you to understand the surpassing greatness of that truth.

The Greek word translated “power” is dunamis, from which we get dynamite and dynamo. This power is active, dynamic, and compelling—and it is mightily at work on your behalf. You might not always sense it, but it’s there nonetheless.

Peter expresses the same thought in 1 Peter 1:5, where he says you are “protected by the power of God through faith” in Christ. In that verse “protected” means “to keep or guard” and reflects Peter’s confidence that salvation is inviolable.

The same limitless power that created, sustains, and controls the universe saved you and keeps you saved. That’s why Jesus said no one can snatch you out of the Father’s hand (John 10:29). Not even Satan has the power to do that. Paul confidently added that nothing therefore can separate you from God’s love (Rom. 8:38-39). That’s the confidence you should have as you live each day.

Suggestions for Prayer

Pray for greater spiritual enlightenment and a clearer understanding of your security in Christ. Nothing will rob you of your assurance quicker than unconfessed sin. If that has happened to you, confess it immediately and turn from it. Then ask God to restore to you the joy of your salvation.

For Further Study

Read 1 Chronicles 29:11-13.

  • What prerogatives did David attribute to God (vv. 11-12)?
  • What was David’s response to God’s power (v. 13)?

From Drawing Near by John MacArthur

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Joyce Meyer – Start with Praise

Through Him, therefore, let us constantly and at all times offer up to God a sacrifice of praise, which is the fruit of lips that thankfully acknowledge and confess and glorify His name.

— Hebrews 13:15 (AMPC)

Moses rose early in the morning, built an altar, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings to God. Then he prayed and read the Book of the Covenant (see Exodus 24:1–7). Thank­fully, God no longer asks us to build an altar out of rocks, slaughter a bull, drain its blood and burn it on the alter in order to honor Him with a sacrifice.

God doesn’t want a dead sacrifice anymore. He wants us, living sacrifices, full of praise, gratitude and zeal to serve Him each day. All we have to do is wake up and say, “Thank You, Lord. I give You the sacrifice of praise. I give You myself, a living sacrifice, ready to live for You today.” 

Prayer Starter: Father God, thank You for all the blessings you have heaped on my life. I offer you the sacrifice of praise. I give myself to You as a living sacrifice, ready to serve and live for You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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Truth for Life; Alistair Begg –The Exercise of Three Powers

But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.

Luke 2:19

There was an exercise, on the part of this blessed woman, of three powers of her being: her memory—she kept all these things; her affections—she kept them in her heart; her intellect—she pondered them; so memory, affection, and understanding were all exercised about the things that she had heard.

Beloved, remember what you have heard of your Lord Jesus and what He has done for you; make your heart the golden pot of manna to preserve the memorial of the heavenly bread whereon you have fed in days gone by. Let your memory treasure up everything about Christ that you have either felt or known or believed, and then let your fond affections hold Him fast forevermore.

Love the person of your Lord! Bring forth the alabaster box of your heart, even though it be broken, and let all the precious ointment of your affection come streaming onto His pierced feet. Let your intellect be exercised concerning the Lord Jesus. Meditate upon what you read. Stop not at the surface; dive into the depths. Be not as the swallow, which touches the brook with her wing, but as the fish, which penetrates the lowest wave.

Abide with your Lord: Let Him not be to you as a wayfaring man who tarries for a night, but constrain Him, saying, “Stay with us … the day is now far spent.”1 Hold Him, and do not let Him go. The word ponder means to weigh. Make ready the balances of judgment. Oh, but where are the scales that can weigh the Lord Christ? “He takes up the coastlands like fine dust”—who shall take Him up? He weighs “the mountains in scales”—in what scales shall we weigh Him?2 If your understanding cannot comprehend, let your affections apprehend; and if your spirit cannot compass the Lord Jesus in the grasp of understanding, let it embrace Him in the arms of affection.

1) Luke 24:29
2) Isaiah 40:15, 12

Devotional material is taken from Morning and Evening, written by C. H. Spurgeon, revised and updated by Alistair Begg. 

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Kids4Truth Clubs Daily Devotional – God’s Spirit Helps Us Speak His Truth

“That we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.” (1 Corinthians 2:12b-13)

When Peter had to prepare oral book reports for school, he always asked his dad for help. Peter thought every sentence his dad said sounded perfect for his report, and he knew that he would never have been smart enough to think of them on his own. It just seemed like his dad always knew just the right thing to say.

When it comes to speaking about God, the Holy Spirit gives us the perfect things to say. The Bible says we are supposed to be speaking about what God has “given to us.” But we are not supposed to speak with “man’s wisdom” – including our own wisdom and our parents’ wisdom. The Holy Spirit teaches us the wisdom that we need to use. He is our teacher.

The Bible is not saying that the Holy Spirit is going to write your book reports for you or that you should not ask your parents to help you prepare for a speech about God. The Bible is saying that every time you talk about God’s truth, the Holy Spirit is helping you. God has given us the Holy Spirit to help us understand “spiritual things” and then to help us tell others about those spiritual truths.

God will help us speak His truth.

My Response:
» Do I depend on my own brain or on the Holy Spirit when I talk to others about God’s truth?

Denison Forum – Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer will retire: The power and privilege of personal influence

According to CNN, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer plans to announce as early as today that he will retire at the end of the Court’s term. This will provide President Biden with his first opportunity to nominate a justice to the high court. The justice is only one person, but one vote on the court upheld the right to abortion in 1992, decided Bush v. Gore in 2000, and legalized same-sex marriage in 2015, all of which were five-to-four decisions.

One person can achieve surprising significance in our world. For example, if you’re not selected to serve on the Supreme Court, you could become the “king” of your own island off the English coast or own a sixteenth-century castle in Scotland that was visited by Mary, Queen of Scots.

But you don’t have to own an island or a castle to have personal influence unimagined in previous generations. This is both good news and bad news.

Redefining tolerance

I remember a day when publishing a book or an article required approval by a book, newspaper, or magazine publisher, editorial oversight, and significant accountability. Being known through video or audio required being on television or radio or producing and marketing a studio recording.

But today, anyone with a cell phone can publish their thoughts and record themselves on video or audio that goes viral.

This is good news in that our individualism mirrors the biblical declaration that each human is created in God’s image and likeness (Genesis 1:26). It also empowers our ability to use our personal platforms to share God’s truth and love with everyone we influence.

But this is bad news in that the radical individualism of our culture has empowered an ethic of personal “authenticity” that now threatens biblical morality and religious liberty in unprecedented ways. Our culture has exchanged truth for tolerance and redefined tolerance from the right to be wrong to the claim that there is no objective right or wrong.

Why Christians are on trial in Finland

Our cultural “evolution” with regard to sexual ethics is a case in point.

Decades ago, a concerted strategy began normalizing same-sex relationships through popular culture and media. Next came legalizing same-sex relationships through the courts, culminating with the Supreme Court’s Obergefell decision in 2015. Next came stigmatizing those who disagree as “homophobic” and “dangerous.”

Now we are witnessing the stage of criminalizing those who object.

France adopted a new law yesterday that bans so-called conversion therapies and authorizes jail time and fines for those who attempt to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of LGBTQ persons. Canada approved a similar law earlier this month, with jail terms of up to five years for offenders. Two Christian leaders have been on trial this week in Finland for publishing a pamphlet explaining biblical teachings about sex and marriage.

And the so-called Equality Act is being called “the most invasive threat to religious liberty ever proposed in America.”

“Is there any hope?”

My new book, The Coming Tsunami, explains the forces leading to this unprecedented attack on biblical truth and morality. In media interviews this week, I have often been asked why Christians should try to engage a culture that is so opposed to biblical faith. Why shouldn’t we withdraw from our fallen society into safer havens of shared community?

My first response is that I’m glad the questioner is taking the threat seriously. But we cannot withdraw from culture and remain biblical. Jesus called us to attack the gates of hell (Matthew 16:18) by taking his word and grace to every nation on earth (Matthew 28:19Acts 1:8). To do otherwise leaves the salt in the saltshaker and the light under a basket (Matthew 5:13–16).

The questioner then typically asks, “Is there any hope that such engagement still works in our secularized and hostile culture?” My answer is to focus on ways God is using his people with transformative power today.

Consider some examples.

A Bible in the foundation of a Chick-fil-A

The owners of a Chick-fil-A restaurant opening soon in Marshall, Texas, placed a Bible in the foundation of the building. Their action made headlines along with its explanation: “Our purpose here is simple—to glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us and to have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A.”

Nakobe Dean, the 2021 Butkus Award winner as the nation’s top college linebacker, helped lead Georgia to the NCAA Championship earlier this month. An engineering student with a 4.0 GPA, he is a projected first-round NFL draft pick. After the game, he knelt and bowed his head on the field. As he told his postgame press conference, “I had to thank God. Without him, none of this would have been possible. Every step of the way, I thanked him for putting me in this position, putting my team in this position, and I just thank him for everything.”

Bryce Young, the Alabama quarterback whose team lost to Georgia, won this year’s Heisman Trophy, college football’s highest individual honor. In his acceptance speech, he began, “First and foremost, I’d like to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Without him I couldn’t be here. And through him all things are possible.”

When Sen. Raphael Warnock tweeted, “As a pro-choice pastor, I’ve always believed that a patient’s room is way too small for a woman, her doctor, and the United States government,” former Super Bowl champion Benjamin Watson replied, “Is a patient’s room too small for a child as well?” His response made national headlines.

“Held safe in an everlasting embrace”

If you never serve on the Supreme Court or own your own island or castle, you can still use your gifts and abilities to stand publicly for biblical truth in ways that are uniquely yours.

Such influence begins with embracing your unique status as the child of God (John 1:12). Henri Nouwen is right: “You have to keep unmasking the world about you for what it is: manipulative, controlling, power-hungry, and, in the long run, destructive. The world tells you many lies about who you are, and you simply have to be realistic enough to remind yourself of this.

“Every time you feel hurt, offended, or rejected, you have to dare to say to yourself: ‘These feelings, strong as they may be, are not telling me the truth about myself. The truth, even though I cannot feel it right now, is that I am the chosen child of God, precious in God’s eyes, called the Beloved from all eternity, and held safe in an everlasting embrace.’”

Claim God’s “everlasting embrace,” then invite those you influence to experience the same grace that is holding you safe today. Ten thousand millennia after the Supreme Court issues its final ruling, someone will be glad you did.

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