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- Being one of the leading lights behind the Christian Reconstructionist movement; he is the son-in-law of the late R.J. Rushdoony.
- Being one of the most prominent promoters of Y2K hysteria during the late 1990s. 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.[note 1]
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 cause him to foam at the mouth. Interestingly, unlike Rushdoony and many other Dominionists, North does not try to claim that the Constitution justifies theocracy, but argues that the adoption of the Constitution was, in fact, when things started going really downhill for America.[note 2] He advocates that the Constitution just be scrapped in favor of a new, theocratic form of government.
North has also been a prominent figure within the paleolibertarian 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. This past association with Paul is probably one of the reasons that Paul's recent attempt at developing a homeschooling curriculum has North acting as Director of Curriculum Development, a decision that reads about as "libertarian" as the naughty bits from Deuteronomy.
Furthermore, he is the author of the "Sinai Strategy" 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.
One of the conspiracy theories that North promotes is that tax-exempt organizations in the United States are promoting One world government. This conspiracy theory is based on the Red Scare-era Reece Congressional Committee hearing, which was largely overshadowed by the downfall of Joe McCarthy.
Just as his father-in-law did, 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.
- His website
- His columns at Rockwell's site
- The Gary North is a big fat idiot page
- Crazy Christian Reconstructionist Quote of the Day, Ed Brayton
- Christian Economics Meets the Anti-Union Movement, New York Times
- Y2K Alarmist, Wired
- Phase 2 of Ron Paul's political strategy, Gary North
- The Theocratic 'Ron Paul Curriculum', Dispatches from the Culture Wars
- Sinai Strategy, review and complete PDF - make your own Dominionist
- Invitation to a Stoning, Reason
- The Reece Committee Hearings Exposed America's Major Tax-Exempt Foundations as Moving Toward a One-World State Gary North.
- See the Wikipedia article on United States House Select Committee to Investigate Tax-Exempt Foundations and Comparable Organizations.
- Mark Ames. As Reason's Editor Defends Its Racist History, Here's a Copy of Its Holocaust Denial "Special Issue." Pando Daily, Jul. 24, 2014
- Cultural Marxism Is an Oxymoron, garynorth.com