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Machiavelli – Alive And Well In New Zealand’s Parliament

Posted by watchingcyfswatchnewzealand on April 29, 2007

Source: Reformation Testimony

Machiavelli – Alive And Well In New Zealand’s Parliament

One writer has described the political theory of an infamous figure in history in this way: The theorist’s thought ‘reveals the bankruptcy of …political life but also of apostate political science which seeks to describe the facts of man’s political life without reference to the divine order of God’s creation and of universally applicable Christian moral standards’. If this reminds you of Helen Clark or Sue Bradford or a myriad of other modern politicians, you would be both right and wrong. The person in question is Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli, the sixteenth-century Florentine philosopher, musician, playwright and poet. Machiavelli, whose name has become synonymous with hypocrisy and manipulative behaviour, was a secularist who described in a celebrated book ‘The Prince’ (Il Principe) what he believed to be the most successful politicians. His book was not about lofty ideals of social life but about the need to use both power and prudence to rule a state. Thus as the consummate pragmatist, he taught that it was lawful to use evil means to achieve and maintain governance of the state.

His political theory was at once a rejection of the idea that good politicians could govern a state with the ideals of the Creator and Redeemer; and the justification for the emergence of the secular politician and state. Indeed Machiavelli would have applauded the Fabian socialism of the New Zealand Labour government and their aged-hippy sidekicks the socialist Greens.

Machiavelli died ten years after that landmark in modern history of 1517 when Luther nailed his 95 theses to the old church door at Wittenberg in Germany, ushering in the Protestant Reformation which was about to turn the world upside down.

While Machiavelli had written to both justify and condemn the evil machinations and hypocrisy of Italian papal dominated states he did not eschew religion, and some even argue that he believed the ruler should maintain and encourage religion. For this reason there are those who claim that Machiavelli was not in favour of secularism or a secular state, but that would be a simplistic conclusion. Yes, he believed a ruler should use his power to preserve the true religion which he understood to be Roman Catholicism, but the sum effect of this belief would inevitably be moral reductionism. Since the Prince could use evil means to achieve his end of a stable state, he could quite justifiably manipulate religion and its ethical system. This makes religion a wax nose.

This is precisely what we see in modern Western  states, including New Zealand. The present Labour government maintains and supports a form of Machiavellian public religion. Religion can be manipulated for the benefit of the secular state. This is demonstrated in the New Zealand government’s recent sponsorship of a multi-faith series of conferences which are mandated to furnish a common multi-faith statement of religious tolerance. The Labour government has no qualms in asserting that all religions are equal with the exception of Christianity. No the true religion must not be allowed to assert God’s intolerance of idolatry. But a phoney Christianity heralded by insipid and theologically liberal Anglicans together with Maori pagan witchdoctors perform the official “blessing” ceremonies of state buildings and national rituals.

These Politicians use theologically liberal “Christian” teachers to claim that Christianity supports the state’s decisions on legalising abortion, homosexuality, prostitution and the anti-parent, anti-smacking bill currently before the House.

It was no surprise that New Zealand’s best known heretic, Presbyterian theologian Lloyd Geering, who infamously denied the resurrection and just about every other tenet of Christianity, was elevated to the highest honour which can bestowed by the government on any New Zealander. Birds of a feather flock together.

But Machiavellian pragmatism is also seen in the personal ethics of individual politicians. The New Zealand Prime Minister illustrated this point when she signed a number of paintings which were painted by other artists. Her justification for this fraudulent activity was that the paintings were going to be sold for charity. Or take the case of election spending. The present Labour government wrongly spent $800,000 of the   taxpayer’s money to publicise their policies at the time of the last general election. Having been caught out, Labour has not admitted wrongdoing with any candour; nor have resignations been tendered, as they should have been.

Instead this same party proposed that there be a new way of funding political party election costs. Yes, they proposed that instead of private fundraising, the taxpayer would pay. Furthermore, Parliament is populated by politicians and cabinet ministers who have broken the law, including drink-driving,  performed penance outside of cabinet, and then been welcomed back into the executive. Political pragmatism, secularism, unethical and plain illegal behaviour are a reality in the modern New Zealand nation state. Machiavelli would have applauded this abuse of power and raw manipulation of religious ethics for the goal of a ‘stable state’. Let us also not forget that this anti-smacking anti-parenting bill will be passed for one reason only, and that is because Labour is whipping its caucus, denying them a conscience vote. Why are they doing this? Because they have a backroom deal with the Greens who have introduced this bill. The Greens have promised to protect the minority Labour government against votes of no-confidence as long as Labour supports its legislative programme. This is pure Machiavelli.

Let me reiterate what I have said and written many times. New Zealand is in the grip of a spiritual battle, and unless ordinary New Zealanders wake up their ideas, our decline into a crime-ridden, festering hell-hole of the South Pacific will continue apace. We can see no way out of the present social decline as evil and perverted people grab for power, aided and abetted by the New Zealander voter who put them there. Only a genuine repentance before God and a submission to the Lord Jesus Christ as King, will avert further social disasters.  

Christians too need to wake up. The government is also maintained by those who vote for them, and many who claim to be Christ’s worshippers willingly vote for Christ-deniers.

Garnet Milne

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