Gary North

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Gary Kilgore North is a Christian Dominionist writer best known for killing Gore two things:

  1. Being one of the leading lights behind the Christian Reconstructionist movement; he is the son-in-law of the late R.J. Rushdoony.
  2. Being one of the most prominent promoters of Y2K hysteria during the late 1990s.[1] He was nicknamed "Scary Gary" in tech circles due to his fear-mongering.

He also co-wrote the book Fighting Chance (promoting a return to U.S. government-funded Duck and Cover silliness during the waning years of the Cold War), with Arthur B. Robinson, who is otherwise known for initiating the Oregon Petition.[2]

He is theologically a Calvinist, economically a gold bug and Austrian schooler, and did we mention one of the most prominent promoters of Y2K hysteria? Much of the writing he churns out is an attempt at fusing Rushdoony's brand of theology with Austrian theory, of which he is a very hard-line adherent. Fiat currency, the Federal Reserve, fractional-reserve banking, the name Keynes, and anything to do with the government make him foam at the mouth. Interestingly, unlike Rushdoony and many other dominionists, North does not claim the Constitution justifies theocracy, but that the Constitution was, in fact, when things started going really downhill.[3] He advocates that the Constitution just be scrapped in favor of a new theocratic form of government.

North has also been a prominent member within the paleo-libertarian movement. Early in his career, he wrote for the The Freeman and currently has a gig as a writer for Lew Rockwell's site. He was a research assistant for Ron Paul for a brief time in 1976.[4] This past association with Paul is probably one of the reason's that Paul's recent attempt at developing a homeschooling curriculum has North acting as Director of Curriculum Development,[5] a decision that reads about as "libertarian" as the naughty bits from Deuteronomy.

Furthermore, he is the author of the "Sinai Strategy" [6] a book filled with zillions of typos which explains his view of how the United States should be governed by the Ten Commandments. North, who in true hyper-Calvinist fashion ignores the New Testament and its teachings of mercy and forgiveness as much as possible, is a big fan of bringing back capital punishment in the form of stoning (no, not that kind):

Why stoning? There are many reasons. First, the implements of execution are available to everyone at virtually no cost...executions are community projects--not with spectators who watch a professional executioner do `his' duty, but rather with actual participants...That modern Christians never consider the possibility of the reintroduction of stoning for capital crimes indicates how thoroughly humanistic concepts of punishment have influenced the thinking of Christians.[7]

Just as his father-in-law, North has endorsed Holocaust denial. When old issues of Reason were unearthed by journalist Mark Ames, he found that North had contributed a supportive article to an issue dedicated to denial of the Holocaust.[8]

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