We have had this discussion before but I have always advocated Civil law with respect of property rights as the foundation of sane governance. I have no desire to live under a theocracy, nor do I want people in black robes anywhere near my religion. God and religion by nature can not be politically correct and an anything goes religion would be more of a circus act than a religon. A religion will always have a set of beleivers who are part of a divine wisdom and outsiders.
Some of you on the left laughed when I stated that I want to keep judges away from religion. In New Jersey part of the concern was that the Civil Union law would require clergymen to perform gay marriages. Marriage is a religious term and most religions have eloborate rules and regulations. One day Jams who was an immigration inspector in the UK will have to explain how they hadle polygamy in the UK. In the United States it creates major problems. Someday, I might bore all of you with a discussion of family law.
One of the deep seeded problems with the Muslim world is Sharia. Imposing theocracy on non-believers is 100% wrong. Sharia does have provisions that treat women and non-Muslims as second class citizens. There is no way to justify Jim Crow treatment in the law of anyone.
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Certain religions and cultures react differently to authority. A religion whose basis is subnission is exploited with ease by strongmen. A Moroccan friend laughed about the following broom joke and said there are elements of truth. An authority figure tosses a broom at a Moroccanand tells him sweep the street. He will sweep the street until he is told to stop. Toss that same broom at an American and he will probably toss it back at you. A Jewish person like myself would probably ask why?
One of the racist notions is that Muslims are incapable of developing a modern economy. One needs to look no futher than you local Pakistani immigrant to see this is dead wrong. However Pakistanis and other Muslims are more likely to leave and find sucsessthan to find it at home. One of the problems is Shariastarts off with its prohibition against interest and that hinders capital formation. Political instability, violence and corruption scare foreign investors. Why place my factory in Pakistan when I can place it in Belize or Costa Rica? Sharia also confines the productivity of women and religious minorities to a certain extent.
The limits on religion should be exhortation to criminal acts. I have zero problem with person X preaching as an unbeleiver that Jews are hellbound. I have a severe problem when this goes to Kill the Jews or Gays as this is incitement to a criminal act. Freedom of speech never protected treason, sedition or any type of criminal conduct. This is a part many of those on the left forget, notably poultry.
The keys to building a modern economy and a free nation are simple. The reality is that in many ways Natural resources deter the growth of healthy societies. Comwad Chavez will fail but his oil revenues will prolong that failure.
These are the keys to building a healthy economy.
1 Civil law
2 Political Stability
3 Respect for property rights
4 Investing in human capital
5 Keep official corruption low
6 Encourage Capital Formation
Do note that a healthy economy and a free society are not the same thing. China is a
politically stable cleptocracy that respects property rights. Chavez has scared investors and may have set back the economies of Latin America decades.
Do note that one of the problems in France is number 6. Excessive taxation and work rules combined with exorbitant social programs have hurt French economic growth. One of the reasons for the Muslim riots is the high unemployment rates. People who work do not tend to riot. France can not be described as an economic failure like Haiti but it growth has been low for a long time.
Beamish in 08.