Our Threatened Freedom

How Bad Is Pollution? (02:47)

R.J. Rushdoony


R.J. Rushdoony: 00:00 How bad is pollution? This is R.J Rushdoony, with a report on our threatened freedom. About a year ago I reported on the data concerning pollution in the United States in the days of the horse and buggy. I called attention to the millions of tons of manure, which then filled American cities, the germs they bred, and the pollution they created.

R.J. Rushdoony: 00:25 Now I have some data on London in 1890. In those days London, and all cities, had a constant aroma of ripe horse manure, floating as dust in the air in the summer and as a wet sloppy mess in wet weather. The reports of the day indicate that foot traffic was, to say the least, difficult. The manure soup splashed up on everyone as the carriages went by. The Strand area has usually an 18 inch mess of liquid slop, which made for messy travel in an open buggy, and for major problems for all pedestrians.

R.J. Rushdoony: 01:11 This was not all. The noise pollution of horses was far greater than that of automobiles, the pounding of innumerable horseshoes, bore to a horse on the pavement was far more noisy than the sound of a motor. Moreover, wagon and buggy wheels did not have rubber tires, and were themselves noisy and often squeaky. Add to that the neighing of the horse, the shouts and curses of their drivers, and the crack of whips, and you have bedlam.

R.J. Rushdoony: 01:48 Of course, if you want real pollution go back 200 years to 1783. Cities then often had no sewers. American cities has an outhouse smell to them. In Europe in many cities chamber pots were emptied into the street from upstairs windows, this made for very serious pollution for the unwary pedestrian underneath the window.

R.J. Rushdoony: 02:17 Now, by comparison we don’t know what pollution is today. This does not mean that we should not continue to improve our situation, but it does mean that the cause of truth and freedom has not been served by misrepresenting the problem.

R.J. Rushdoony: 02:35 Technology has not increased, but has rather decreased pollution. 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