Gary North (economist)
|Gary Kilgore North|
Gary North speaking at the Mises Institute in 2004 after receiving the Rothbard Medal.
|Born||February , 1942|
|Education||Ph.D. in History, University of California, Riverside|
|Occupation||Christian Social Theorist, Blogger, Author|
|Known for||Co-Founder of Christian Reconstructionism|
|Denomination||Presbyterian Church in America|
|Children||Darcy, Lori, Scott, and Caleb|
Education and background 
North grew up in southern California, the son of FBI special agent Samuel W. North, Jr., and his wife, Peggy. North converted to Christianity in high school and began frequenting conservative bookstores in the Los Angeles area during his college years. Between 1961 and 1963, while an undergraduate student, North became acquainted with the works of Austrian School economists Ludwig von Mises, F.A. Hayek, and Murray Rothbard and also read the works of Calvinist philosopher Rousas John Rushdoony. Later he married Rushdoony's daughter, collaborated with him and eulogized Rushdoony in a blog post on LewRockwell.com.
Starting in 1967, North became a frequent contributor to the libertarian journal The Freeman where he had first read their work. He later joined the senior staff of the publisher, the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE), 1971–73. North received a Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Riverside in 1972. His dissertation was The Concept of Property in Puritan New England, 1630–1720.
He served as research assistant for libertarian Republican Congressman Ron Paul in Paul's first term (1976). North is a regular contributor to the LewRockwell.com website, which lists an extensive archive of his articles there. Today, North's own website, garynorth.com, posts North's commentary on religious, social, and political issues and offers paid access to investment advice and other premium content. North also publishes a blog called Deliverance from Debt the purpose of which is to support Christians who seek deliverance from debt. Another North website, Free Christian Curriculum, is dedicated to implementing a free Christian homeschooling curriculum for age 3 through grade 12.
Political beliefs 
North argues for the abolition of the fractional-reserve banking system and a return to the gold standard. He also opposes the US Department of Education and Council on Higher Education Accreditation, claiming it is a cartel and the group has, in part, caused higher education to "become uniformly secular, liberal, and mediocre: raising the cost of entry."
Religious views and affiliations 
North is the founder of the publishing firm Institute for Christian Economics (ICE) which published many Christian Reconstructionist books online. (Christian Reconstructionists are also presuppositionalists in their approach to Christian apologetics as taught in modern Calvinism, and oppose natural law theory as a basis for civil law order.) The company reportedly got its start with a bequest from an anonymous benefactor. North never received a salary or book royalties for the 25 years of its existence. At North's request, the board disbanded the ICE in 2001. The assets were transferred to Dominion Educational Ministries, Inc., a non-profit organization that operates Christian day care centers.
Controversial views 
North favors stoning to death women who lie about their virginity, blasphemers, nonbelievers, children who curse their parents, male homosexuals, and other people who commit acts deemed capital offenses in the Old Testament. He opposes freedom of religion, arguing for "a Bible-based social, political and religious order which ... denies the religious liberty of the enemies of God." On the subject of children's rights, North argues that "[the] son or daughter is under the jurisdiction of the family," which "must be maintained by the threat of death."
Y2K controversy 
North predicted a Y2K catastrophe in print and online, and suggested that a Y2K date-rollover failure of the global Information Technology (IT) infrastructure would precipitate severe disruption and perhaps even an economic collapse. North urged his readers to take various survivalist preparedness measures. It turned out that no significant problems took place, but North later described Y2K as "a close call." North deleted the Y2K material from his website after the disaster failed to occur, but his comments, Gary North's Y2K Links and Forums, have been archived at a mirror site.
North has authored or co-authored more than fifty books, many of which are available for free download. For many years, North has been the author/editor of the newsletter The Remnant Review. More recently, he has also edited Gary North's Reality Check, a widely-circulated free e-newsletter.
- 75 Bible Questions, 1986 ASIN B0006YN4P8
- A Study Guide To Gary North's Liberating Planet Earth, (Co-authored by Geoffrey W. Donnan, Jr. Charles W. Armstrong) 1991 ISBN 0-930464-42-7
- An Introduction To Christian Economics, 1973 ASIN B000T4BMKE
- Backward Christian Soldiers, 1984 ISBN 0-930464-01-X
- Baptized Patriarchalism: The Cult of the Family, 1995 ISBN 0-930464-71-0
- Boundaries and Dominion: An Economic Commentary of Leviticus, 1994 ISBN 0-930464-72-9
- Christian Reconstruction (Co-authored by Gary DeMar), 1991 ISBN 978-0-930464-52-3
- Coase Theorem: A Study In Economic Epistemology, 1992 ISBN 0-930464-61-3
- Conspiracy: A Biblical View, 1996 ISBN 0-930462-11-4
- Conspiracy in Philadelphia: The Origins of the U.S. Constitution, 2004 e-book
- Crossed Fingers: How the Liberals Captured the Presbyterian Church, 1996 ISBN 0-930464-74-5
- The Dominion Covenant: Genesis, 1987 ISBN 0-930464-03-6
- Dominion & Common Grace: The Biblical Basis of Progress, 1987 ISBN 0-930464-09-5
- Fighting Chance: Ten Feet to Survival (co-authored by Dr. Arthur B. Robinson), 1986 ISBN 0-930462-10-6
- Government By Emergency, 1986 (revised in 1992) ISBN 0-930462-05-X
- Healer Of The Nations: Biblical Principles for International Relations, 1987 ISBN 0-930462-21-1
- The Hoax of Higher Criticism, 1989 ISBN 0-930464-30-3
- Honest Money: Biblical Principles of Money and Banking, 1986 ISBN 0-930462-15-7
- The Implosion Strategy: How to stay out of the black hole during the next recession and its aftermath, 1990 ISBN 1-55926-130-7
- Inherit The Earth: Biblical Principles for Economics, 1987 ISBN 0-930462-56-4
- Inheritance and Dominion: An Economic Commentary on Deuteronomy, 1999 ISBN 0-930464-78-8
- Is The World Running Down?: Crisis in the Christian Worldview, 1988 ISBN 0-930464-13-3
- Judeo Christian Tradition: A Guide for the Perplexed, 1990 ISBN 0-930464-28-1
- Leviticus: An Economic Commentary, 1994 ISBN 0-930464-72-9
- Liberating Planet Earth: An Introduction to Biblical Blueprints, 1987, revised in 1991 ISBN 0-930462-51-3
- Lone Gunners for Jesus: Letters to Paul J. Hill, 1994 ISBN 0-930464-73-7
- Marx's Religion of Revolution: Regeneration Through Chaos, 1989 ISBN 0-930464-15-X
- Millennialism And Social Theory, 1990 ISBN 0-930464-49-4
- Moses and Pharaoh: Dominion Religion vs. Power Religion, 1985 ISBN 0-930464-05-2
- Political Polytheism: The Myth of Pluralism, 1989 ISBN 0-930464-32-X
- Puritan Economic Experiments: Puritans and Government Controls, 1988 ISBN 0-930464-14-1
- Rapture Fever: Why Dispensationalism is Paralyzed Dispensationalism, 1993 ISBN 0-930464-67-2
- Salvation Through Inflation: The Economics of Social Credit, 1993 ISBN 0-930464-66-4
- Sanctions and Dominion: An Economic Commentary on Numbers, 2000 ISBN 0-930464-76-1
- Sinai Strategy: Economics And The Ten Commandments (Part Two of North's commentary on Exodus), 1986 ISBN 978-0930464073
- Tactics of Christian Resistance, 1983 ISBN 0-939404-07-9
- Theology of Christian Resistance: A Symposium, 1983 ISBN 0-939404-05-2
- Theonomy: An Informed Response, 1991 ISBN 0-930464-59-1
- Tithing and the Church, 1994 ISBN 0-930464-69-9
- Tools of Dominion: The Case Laws of Exodus, 1990 ISBN 0-930464-10-9
- Trespassing For Dear Life: What About Operation Rescue?, 1989 ASIN B00071L36M
- Unconditional Surrender: God's Program for Victory, 1994 ISBN 0-930464-12-5
- Unholy Spirits: Occultism and New Age Humanism, 1994 ISBN 0-930462-53-X
- Victim's Rights: The Biblical View of Civil Justice, 1990 ISBN 0-930464-17-6
- Was Calvin a Theonomist?, 1990 ISBN 0-930464-36-2
- Westminster's Confession: The Abandonment of Van Til's Legacy, 1991 ISBN 0-930464-54-0
- When Justice Is Aborted: Biblical Standards For Non-Violent Resistance, 1989 ISBN 1-55926-124-2
Documentary and educational film 
See also 
- Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI, Paducah, Ky (1997). Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI. Turner Publishing. p. 185.
- North, Gary. "It All Began With Fred Schwarz". LewRockwell.com. Retrieved 3 May 2011.
- Trueman, Carl R. (2009). Histories and Fallacies: Problems Faced in the Writing of History. Crossway. p. 30, footnote 4. ISBN 978-1581349238. OCLC 298184467. "While Rushdoony’s followers do not like to acknowledge his Holocaust Denial, it is incontestable that he held such a position, according to the technical definition (i.e., a massive lowering of the number of estimated dead from the usual six million, and rejection of the idea of systematic mass slaughter). His sources are atrocious, second-hand, and unverified; that he held this position speaks volumes about his appalling incompetence as a historian, and one can only speculate as to why he held the position from a moral perspective: see his The Institutes of Biblical Law (Phillipsburg: Presbyterian and Reformed, 1973), 586-88. He deals with the matter under the issue of the Ninth Commandment and, ironically breaches it himself in his presentation of the matter."
- Stammer, Larry (3 March 2001). "The Rev. Rousas John Rushdoony; Advocated Rule by Biblical Law". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 6 April 2013.
- Rushdoony, Rousas John; Gary North (3 appendices) (1978). The Institutes of Biblical Law: a Chalcedon Study. Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Company. p. 890. ISBN 9780875524108. OCLC 768429065.
- North, Gary. "R. J. Rushdoony, R.I.P.". LewRockwell.com. Retrieved 3 May 2011.
- North, Gary. "What Made Rothbard Great." Ludwig von Mises Institute. Mises.org. 28 July 2004. 
- OCLC 1902749
- LewRockwell.com Articles by North
- Deliverance from Debt blog http://deliverancefromdebt.wordpress.com/about/
- Oppenheimer, Mark. "‘Christian Economics’ Meets the Antiunion Movement". New York Times. Retrieved 30 April 2011.
- North, Gary. "The Coming Breakdown of the Academic Cartel." LewRockwell.com. 
- "Institute for Christian Economics Books And Newsletters". reformed-theology.org. February 8, 2001. Retrieved March 11, 2012.
- "Invitation to a Stoning: Getting cozy with theocrats" by Walter Olson, Reason, November 1998
- "There's Something About Gary". Wired Magazine. January 1999.
- "FreeBooks from the Institute for Christian Economics". entrewave.com. Retrieved 2012-03-11.
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- "Conspiracy in Philadelphia: Origins of the US Constitution by Dr. Gary North". Scribd.com. October 21, 2004. Retrieved March 11, 2012.