Our Threatened Freedom

Who Gets Hurt By Trade Controls? (03:15)

R.J. Rushdoony


R.J. Rushdoony: 00:00 Who gets hurt with Trade Controls. This is R.J. Rushdoony with a report on our threatened freedom.

R.J. Rushdoony: 00:08 In 1982 an interesting protest took place in Japan and the United States was the target. Japan’s dozen top petro-chemical companies are in trouble. They are each losing about four thousand dollars a month. And they demanded that the Japanese act at once to stop the flood of cheap foreign chemical imports. Those cheap imports were coming from the United States. And American prices are half those of Japanese companies.

R.J. Rushdoony: 00:46 This sounds very familiar doesn’t it. Some American companies complain about the cheap Japanese imports and some Japanese companies complain about cheap American imports. Both sides say that the other country is costing them jobs. What is the answer to this dilemma?

R.J. Rushdoony: 01:08 There’s another factor that needs consideration before we answer that question. The consumer. If you and I, or the man in Japan can get something from abroad at half the price we save money, and it gives us more funds to spend on something else. This means that besides the American and Japanese corporations and their workers, our own personal economic well-being is at stake. If Japan taxes American imports heavily to make them closer in price to Japanese products, and if we similarly tax Japanese goods, the consumer is the loser. Economic freedom in international trade benefits the consumers who are the majority over any other group. And certainly the majority over the industries.

R.J. Rushdoony: 02:06 If our automobile industry cannot compete with foreign imports, all the protection we give it will only postpone the day of reckoning. On top of that we need to realize that the United States has usually done best with new products and new inventions. By the time other countries start producing them economically, we are up ahead in a newer technology.

R.J. Rushdoony: 02:35 It is a mistake to think therefore that foreign goods are a threat to us. They usually free us from one kind of production to a newer one. Some very able experts predict that we are on the verge of the greatest of industrial revolutions. And it is happening in Silicon Valley in California and it will change the face of American industry and vastly improve the standard of living.

R.J. Rushdoony: 03:02 Economic freedom promises us some dramatic changes and improvements in our material advantages. 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