The right to choose your government.

Isaiah speaks of panarchy

Is not this the fast that I choose:
to loose the bonds of wickedness,
to undo the thongs of the yoke,
to let the oppressed go free,
and to break every yoke?
[Isaiah 58:6 RSV]

Throughout scripture one comes across ideas like these from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah. “Free the prisoners.” But surely they are not talking about convicted criminals, those who kill and steal. No, these frequent exhortations to free the prisoners refer to those in bondage to unjust governments. I will not say that this is all that these exhortations refer to, because there are many ways that a person may be oppressed and bound. But clearly they also, and perhaps most of all, refer to systems of government, even republics, which do not properly recognize the fullness of freedom that belongs to each and every human being. Panarchy, by seeking to make government personal and not territorial, breaks the yoke, frees the oppressed, looses the bonds of monopolistic governments everywhere.


2010/02/19 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment