Robert Kaplan, Chief Geopolitical Analyst for Stratfor recently wrote the
following in an article entitled Machiavelli’s Virtue:
modernity? Is it skyscrapers, smart phones, wonder drugs, atomic bombs?
You're not even close. Modernity, at least in the West, is the journey away
from religious virtue toward secular self-interest. Religious virtue is fine
for one's family and the world of private morality. But the state — that
defining political structure of modern times — requires something colder,
more chilling. For the state must organize the lives of millions of
strangers and protect their need to selfishly acquire material possessions.
[…] The state appeals not to God, but to individual selfishness. Thus, it
clears the path for progress.”
Kaplan may just as well have provided an exegesis of various Bible
scriptures, as his observations are accurate. The Bible clearly does confirm
the values upon which worldly affairs would be conducted — self-interest (or
vested-interest). What Mr. Kaplan neglects to mention is that the world and
its leaders would be “cursed” because of this state of affairs (for example,
see Isaiah 24:3-6).
world in this present state is surely run by self- and vested-interest.
That’s not to say that there are not people who are other-worldly, to whom
the things of this world appear strangely dim, or whose motives are inspired
by love. It is just that there are proportionately many less of them. The
values of the world, its societies and people, have been roundly turned
towards materialism in recent times.
century of humanistic influences has revised the definitions of human
happiness, achievement, and progress. None of these are any longer defined
by “eternal values” or from an eternal timeline. Success in these endeavors
is defined solely in terms of material wealth, net worth, GDP growth, a
rising standard of living or a rising MSCI World All-Country Index
(representing the global stock market value).
necessity, a world that is defined by the “need to selfishly acquire
material possessions” and is set apart from “private morals” or conscience
and “religious virtue” must be terrifyingly competitive. It would be a world
of deceit and theft. And, indeed, such conduct and doctrine is accepted
today in the world of geopolitics and political economy.
surprisingly, the Bible foreknew such conditions. We find this message most
directly in the two visions of the Prophet Zechariah found in chapter 5 of
the book of the same name. Here is mentioned the two sins that would define
the world of the last days — lying and stealing (verse 3). A two-part study
of these two visions can be found on our website. The conclusions are
“chilling,” to borrow Mr. Kaplan’s description of geopolitics today.
lying (in other words, swearing falsely in the name of truth) is the glue of
our world’s economic and geopolitical systems. At the highest levels, it is
mirrored in the institution of contract law. Legions of lawyers are required
to establish a rigid framework in which world commerce functions. Of course,
this wouldn’t be required in the first place if there were not so many false
promises. Most contracts today are made on the premise of what is legally
allowable as opposed to what is right or moral. All that is required to get
out of an obligation or a promise is a simple loophole. It is as easy as
that for the most part.
attitude applies to the world of geopolitics. The “lie” is the most deftly
used technique in the pursuit of a nation’s interests. Lying and deceit are
about stealing? In our time, stealing possibly may not be more prevalent
than ever before, however, it certainly has become much more sophisticated.
There are numerous types of stealing that are institutionalized into world
systems. For example, consider the phenomenon of inflation (the price of
goods continually rising in currency terms). Today it is one of the biggest
forms of stealing. Yet, every central bank in the world today will argue
that some stealing (inflation) is necessary for the smooth and safe
functioning of economies and financial systems.
is endemic — and accepted! — in many other areas. Corporate executives steal
from shareholders (like never before) and countries try to steal precious
resources from other countries (oil, for example), although such motivations
are couched in official policy-speak such as “securing our interests” or
“gaining access through free trade.” Such techniques are the norm today.
conclusion, we see that swearing falsely and stealing are at the very root
and apex of man’s global endtime edifice.
Mr. Kaplan’s cogent perspectives on the world’s state of affairs, he
concludes: “This is not something to lament, however. For in the last
analysis, self-interest can lead to peace while rigid moral principles can
lead to war. Self-interest informs compromise with other human beings.”
chooses to have faith that Global Man can tame and harness Mammon for the
good of mankind by using Machiavellian techniques. He couldn’t be more
wrong. One day, after “the renewal of all things” (Matthew 19:28) there will
be a new order, one diametrically opposite to what we have today. It will
not be defined by self-interest or vested-interest. True peace, justice and
love will prevail. That will be the 1,000-year kingdom (the Millennium
according to chiliasm) outlined in the Bible.
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About the Author:
Wilfred J. Hahn
is a global economist/strategist. Formerly a top-ranked global analyst,
research director for a major Wall Street investment bank, and head of
Canada’s largest global investment operation, his writings focus on the
endtime roles of money, economics and globalization. He has been quoted
around the world and his writings reproduced in numerous other publications
and languages. His 2002 book The Endtime Money Snare: How to live free
accurately anticipated and prepared its readers for the Global Financial
Crisis. His newest book, Global Financial Apocalypse Prophesied:
Preserving true riches in an age of deception and trouble, looks further
into the future.