On Oct. 26th, Dr. Gary North gave a speech at the 30th anniversary conference of the Ludwig von Mises Institute.
The topic he spoke on was “war revisionism’. Specifically, World War II and how the official story as to what prompted America to become involved in the war–an unprovoked, “surprise” attack on the American fleet at Pearl Harbor by the Japanese–needs to be revised. That is, the Establishment’s version of things runs counter to the actual facts surrounding the events, and therefore a more honest, “contrarian” perspective needs to be developed and presented to the reading public by trained, revisionist-minded historians, ASAP.
What does this have to do with Christian Reconstruction?
Mainly, this: just as there is a need for a new generation of historians (and students of history) to rise up and challenge the status quo offered by the Establishment in its presentation of certain facts of history, there is a similar need for a new generation of theologians, pastors, teachers (and rank-and-file believers–students of theology, if you will) to rise up and challenge the status quo offered by the ecclesiastical Establishment in its presentation of certain facts of history and theology.
Also (let us not forget), that, while Gary spoke as a historian, scholar, theologian, economist, researcher and author at the conference, he is, first and foremost, a Christian reconstructionist.
The larger issue at hand was captured in a quote read by Gary from fellow Austrian economist Murray Rothbard:
The noble task of revisionism is to de-bamboozle–to penetrate the fog of lies and deception of the state and its court intellectuals, and to present to the public the true history of the motivation, the nature and the consequences of state activity.
Historical revisionism is simply historical reconstructionism. Not a “new and improved” way of interpreting the facts, but a more honest, more comprehensive, more historically accurate and less ideologically encumbered way that is free of the normal political and statist biases and pressures that are ordinarily brought to bear on the “official” version to be presented to the public at the appropriate time in the appropriate way by the state, for the benefit of the state.
As you watch this, think of the possible theological, biblical and ecclesiastical parallels that might exist!
Watch Gary’s speech here: