Our Threatened Freedom

Are We Becoming A Postage Stamp Republic? (03:24)

R.J. Rushdoony


R.J. Rushdoony: 00:01 Are we becoming a postage stamp republic? This is R.J. Rushdoony with a report on our threatened freedom. When I was a boy, I learned a great deal about politics for my stamp collection. In those days, the total number of stamps issued by all the strong nations were very, very few. A collection of all the world’s stamps except the most valuable could fit into one large album covering all stamps ever issued in 1940. Now, almost that many are issued in two or three years. In those days, many countries were known to us as postage stamp republics. They were known as very shaky nations politically and economically, and not likely to have a stable administration. Every few years a new dictator would take over these postage stamp republics.

R.J. Rushdoony: 00:55 Two things especially marked these countries and every boy could swap them and his stamp album. First, the postage stamp republics issued new stamps all the time. Whereas the strong countries rarely changed their stamps, these weaker nations issued new ones several times a year. The main market for these issues was the stamp dealer and collector, cheap stamps for the unwary buyer. Sometimes more stamps were sold to collectors than to users.

R.J. Rushdoony: 01:29 Second, these postage stamp republics had very obviously unstable economy. Not only were they constantly issuing new stamps, but the postal rates kept rising. Inflation as a fact of economic life was plainly confessed on every new postage stamps. The strong nations then had an unchanging postal cost. The week, unstable, and inflationary countries has a fluctuating postal rate.

R.J. Rushdoony: 01:59 Thus as a boy, I learned not only geography and history, but a great deal about politics and economics from my stamp collection. It is a rather sad knowledge now, because I can now see that the United States has become a postage stamp republic. Every so many days, a new stamp or a sheet of different stamps is issues. These are issues to make money, because Washington knows that a few million Americans who save stamps will buy and never use those new stamps. The result is of considerable profit to the postal service, one of the few areas where it comes out ahead.

R.J. Rushdoony: 02:40 Moreover, our stamps also reflect inflation. In 1981, we saw an unprecedented fact in American history. We had three different postal rates in one year: 15 cents, 18 cents, and 20 cents. We may see more dramatic rises in postal rates in the years just ahead. Postage stamp republics have a poor track record in history. They are marked by political instability, inflation, and a loss of freedom. It is time we change something besides our postal rates. This has been R.J. Rushdoony with a report on our threatened freedom.

Rev. R.J. Rushdoony (1916–2001), was a leading theologian, church/state expert, and author of numerous works on the application of Biblical law to society. He started the Chalcedon Foundation in 1965.  His Institutes of Biblical Law (1973) began the contemporary theonomy movement which posits the validity of Biblical law as God’s standard of obedience for all. He therefore saw God’s law as the basis of the modern Christian response to the cultural decline, one he attributed to the church’s false view of God’s law being opposed to His grace. This broad Christian response he described as “Christian Reconstruction.”  He is credited with igniting the modern Christian school and homeschooling movements in the mid to late 20th century. He also traveled extensively lecturing and serving as an expert witness in numerous court cases regarding religious liberty. Many ministry and educational efforts that continue today, took their philosophical and Biblical roots from his lectures and books.

Learn more about R.J. Rushdoony by visiting: https://chalcedon.edu/founder