More Stories We Tell (Updated)
DARPA did not invent the Internet, Xerox did. While DARPA did have a bunch of universities and contractors examining things, implementation would have taken decades. Xerox needed it right away, and made it happen inside their offices. That they did not develop it further shows only their lack of interest beyond their immediate need. Bureaucratic controls would have prevented the Internet from ever happening, had it been left up to the government.
(Edit: The above link to WSJ takes you to an editorial which isn’t accurate. Actually, no single agency can claim to have invented. It was officially an accident arising from a series of choices. However, the underlying issue is the government couldn’t have done it without contracting it out to people who knew and understood. And until someone found a non-government use for it, the thing was just a wild speculative project. Yes, the research was government funded, but the implementation was a collection of geniuses who surely would have done it in their own time with whatever they could get their hands on, whether private, public or whatever.)
There would not be very much armed violence in Syria had not the US and some allies spent millions of dollars arming and training the “resistance.” There would not even be much political resistance had the US and allies not funded massive education programs designed to propagandize and radicalize the people involved. What they taught those people is the very thing which would get you shot here in the US.
The Bible doesn’t make much of what we call freedom and liberty. That’s because those are concepts tied to a fallen world, and the real thing is something which can exist only inside of a person. In this fallen world, you will never have, nor should you desire, what most people think of as political liberty. A free land is simply one which is ripe for conquest. Were it not for a lying oppressive government determined to hold its resources as a means to exerting power and getting more resources, we would all be dead. While you can have a government that pleases God, one which He is willing to perform miracles to protect, no one is willing to try it, so don’t expect to ever see it.
In any given population, no matter what you teach them, someone else will teach them something different. You cannot create a nation willing to fight for their freedom. It’s been tried and we never got more than a tiny minority willing to play soldier. The greedy merchants pushing for war didn’t want a genuine country of citizen-soldiers they couldn’t control and manipulate. Were it not for the very politically biased support of stronger allies who bankrupted their own country in the process, there would not have been an independent America.
Oppression is the native state of humanity. Government never creates anything, but steals from others and claims the glory. Get used to it, folks. God specifically denied any interest in making this world a better place. He did offer a path to sanity, but it has been consistently rejected, starting with those who understood it best. The only hope you have is implementing as much of it as you can in your own life, and letting God take care of all the rest. You’ll be amazed at how much He’ll do with only a modicum of obedience to His plans. If you aren’t interested in His plans, you should expect no assistance from Him beyond the mere accidents of random political fashion.