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God is an Anarchist

The Ten Commandments Revisited

Written by Darrell Anderson.

Almost all societies have observed the well-known maxim that “Thou shalt not steal.” Rewritten in a positive manner that statement becomes, “All humans have an absolute right to their property.”

Indeed, as protections of property consider the perspective of the fundamental laws provided by Moses to the Hebrews:

  1. You shall have no other gods before me (protects property by prohibiting worship of what cannot be proven).
  2. You shall not make any graven images, or bow down to them, or worship them (protects property by prohibiting the deification and anthropomorphizing of inanimate objects).
  3. You shall not take the name of the Lord God in vain (protects property by prohibiting humans from justifying their “noble causes” under the banner of God).
  4. Remember to keep the Sabbath holy (protects the property of the body by encouraging rest).
  5. Honor thy father and mother (protects the property of the elderly).
  6. You shall not murder (protects property of innocent life).
  7. You shall not steal (protects all property).
  8. You shall not commit adultery (protects boundaries of relationships).
  9. You shall not bear false witness (protects property from false accusations).
  10. You shall not covet thy neighbor’s property (protects property by prohibiting the conversion of self-interests into greed).

Observant people can see how the Ten Commandments are embedded in the fundamental principle of not trespassing. The Mosaic law was not so much a list of duties or obligations, but an outline of what an individual can expect when violating the property boundaries of other people. To see the effects of such trespasses, merely remove the word not from each of the Mosaic laws and observe the results. People who live by the sword can expect to die by the sword. People who plunder under the color of law can expect to be plundered under the color of law.

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