About Zack

About Zack
I am a freelance writer and researcher from the Pittsburgh area. My writings have been published in
The Washington Examiner, The American Conservative, The Mises Wire, The Daily Caller, and The Federalist among other places.

In the past, I have worked on regular executive level briefings, documentary research and fact-checking, research prep for a Soho Forum, and various other miscellaneous research tasks ranging from going through newspaper archives to compiling academic profiles.

Feel free to email me to discuss your research needs and how I can help you lighten your workload and ensure your projects stay on schedule.

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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Sodom, Gomorrah, and the 50 Righteous Men: Thoughts on DC Part 1

Washington DC, uh... I mean Sodom and Gomorrah being destroyed by God's wrath. 

Having finally made god my escape from the imperial city,  I can't help but reflect on the lessons I have learned from my time there. My main takeaway is on the people who live there. In the simplest form, there are people in DC working to promote liberty, and those working to promote the growth of government. There is no doubt that those in favor of expanding the power of government far outnumber those who desire to shrink it. DC is a festering sewer that serves as a heart of imperial darkness who's shadow stretches not just across the North American continent, but literally around the world, as the bureaucrats blinded by power dispatch their swarms of drones and missiles to lay waste to innocent villagers in the middle of nowhere. On the domestic front, nothing is beyond the reach of these tortured and mutated souls who are compelled to let no behavior or action escape their grip.

As the country drowns in debt and approaches bankruptcy, seven million working age men languish without jobs or purpose in life, foreign wars drag on without end, and the country continues to be divided and on a pathway to dissolution,  the party never stops in the imperial capital. As many people in the country struggle to get by, the ruling class and its army of servile minions live in 10 of the richest 15 counties in the country. What's even more outrageous, is that most of these people don't even do much of substance at all. The Federal Government is worse than useless, of course, but even many non-profit institutions in DC exist solely to collect money from people out in the provinces of the empire, telling them it will be put to good use fighting "the good fight" of course, which then will largely be used to fund salaries and travel that at the end of the day accomplish next to nothing other than paying for the widespread functional alcoholism that plagues the city so its pitiable inhabitants can find momentary reprieve from the dreary lives they hate living.

Don't just take my word on it, check out this excellent expose by a DC insider on how the conservative movement has been plagued by supposed activist groups that do little more than scam people out of their money when they trying to make a difference. Above, I said that my main takeaway was about the people in DC. However, in fuller context, I learned a great deal about the system that such people make up and am much savvier for the experience. It is hard to view much of the non-profit "work" in DC as anything other than a glorified welfare program for alcoholic nerds that is funded by goodhearted gullible people far away.

A city infested by so many wicked people brings to mind the biblical story of Sodom and Gomorrah. However, not the part of the story that you might think. Genesis 18 tells us that God considered the inhabitants of the cities to be so wicked that they must be destroyed. At this moment, Abraham intercedes with God and asks if he will sweep away the righteous with the wicked and that if there were but fifty righteous people in Sodom would God destroy the city? God responds that he would not destroy the city for the sake of 50 righteous people. Abraham then asks if God would still destroy the city if only 45 righteous people dwelt there. God responded that he would not. Abraham repeats this several more times, asking if only 40, 30, 20, and finally 10 righteous people dwelt in the city, would God destroy it. God responded that he would not. In the end there aren't even that many righteous men and the city is destroyed. (Fun fact, the English word sodomy comes from this Biblical story because when God's messengers were staying with Lot, Abraham's nephew, the men of the city threatened to break into Lot's house so they could rape his guests.)

Now, how does this relate to DC? Surprisingly, because if DC was in the same place as Sodom and Gomorrah I don't think that one would need to argue God all the way down to ten people. There are a lot of good people in the city who are there for largely the right reasons and who are fighting the good fight.  How effective people are at advancing that fight is another question, but there are many good people there. I know many of them and am proud to call them my friends. I think that these people are, for the most part, resistant to participating in the scam because they are true believers who are motivated to advance their worldview and if it was up to me to argue with God to prevent him from obliterating the city, I would happily do so for their sake.

However, from my perspective, the DC liberty movement also has numerous problems that I think will have long term negative consequences and I will discuss that in my next post.