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Christian Economics and politics.
Our influence seems to be waning and the world doesn't recognise Godly ways any more. What must we do to recover our heritage and restore justice?
Chalcedon Foundation Christian philosophy, law and economic theory.
Several organizations argue models of economic theories that I find are most valid and most helpful. I am best defined as a Christian Austrian economics fan.

       An Austrian economist favours the free market which grants the maximum freedom of choice in human behaviour with the limit that no harm is done to any other person and contracts are honoured. We tend to favour private services and marketisation of government services over 'privatization' and we oppose socialism.

       As a Christian I know that not all harm is direct and morals laws exist to deal with the consequences of actions that have effects far beyond the parties involved. These consequences are mostly family and community breakdown, disease and environmental problems.
Austrianism deals well with polution by advocating propper ownership rights. Most don't know that their right to clean air and water was taken from them by laws passed in the 1890's and is not a grant of the state.
         
        I favour minimal government where the legislature doesn’t manage any money but only handles laws. Where the head of state is only a Commander in chief and chief diplomatic representative. Where the courts independently judge the law, can send a law back to the parliament for clarification but can’t change the law or expand the meaning of any clause by applying new changed meanings to the words of a law.

So who handles the tax money? Ideally there would be no tax. Samuel the biblical prophet argued against Israel having a human king because he would tax and conscript people. While neither tax nor conscription were sinful, he seems in 1 Samuel 8:10-18, to be arguing that both should be seen as undesirable.

Can charity and user pays meet our needs while replacing taxes? With the creative use of all the tools of management trusts, insurance mandates and marketized risk management and other tools it might be possible. The greatest challenge is to find a way to experiment with these tools without ruining peoples lives. That challenge remains unanswered at this stage.
Yes they’re a little Calvinist but so am I.
Summit ministries.
Christian world views.
Including politics and economics.
Ludwig Von Mises. Predicted the fall of communism and the current financial  crisis. The Austrian school argued for true free enterprise, capitalism and minimal government. Lots of good ideas.
Capital and environmentalism can work. An owned environment is a sustained environment but only if the rules are writen well.
A Christian environmental ministry. The best I can find sofar.
Endagered species are only endangered because no one ownes them. A range of  solutions are here.
A good definition of Christian  environmental steward ship.
One option I have been exploring is a Payer Directed Fiscal System.
A system that merges the dynamics of charitable donation and taxation. Turning government agencies into competitive charities.
Banking.
Without sound and legal money systems, no economy is stable and growth becomes an illision.
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-466210540567002553
Australia's system, the Reserve bank was created with coniderably less cloak and dagger but Is essentually the same system producing money (and inflation) the same way and allowing fractional reserve banking. In Australia the oversight has been more direct and open with the parliement appointing the board and minutes of meetings published.
The low interest easy money that the governments create tends to distort the economy not creating over-investment or under investment but mall-investment. Cheap loans for consumer trinkets, leisure and speculation but expensive or no loans for truly productive activities, such as roads, rail, sustainable energy technology, factories and farms. Unable to get loans or investment these longer term productive investments wind up falling back on government for tax financed grants and subsidies,etc. The Pork barrel politics in most parliaments complies.

Inflation erodes savings so societies end up having no saving left to lend. They're forced to borrow money from the few societies that are not so far down the inflationary path, today (2008) that's China but as a communist dictatorship its a fragile creditor to be relying on. It also means borrowing from oil producing counties, few of which are democracies and some are actively financing our enemies. A sound money system would encourage savings, more careful banking behaviours and more long term private infrastructure investment.