Gary North (economist)

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Gary North (economist) : biography

1942 –

Documentary and educational film

  • Unknown History of the 20th Century (DVD) (2006)

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.

North is a member of the Presbyterian Church in America.

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." by Walter Olson, Reason, November 1998 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."http://web.archive.org/web/20040209010401/http://www.serve.com/thibodep/cr/cursing.htm

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."North, Gary. "The Coming Breakdown of the Academic Cartel." LewRockwell.com.

Y2K controversy

North predicted a Y2K catastrophe in print and online,. Wired Magazine. January 1999. 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.http://web.archive.org/web/20000301050703/http://www.garynorth.com/

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.North, Gary. "What Made Rothbard Great." Ludwig von Mises Institute. Mises.org. 28 July 2004. 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.http://www.garynorth.com/public/10.cfm North also publishes a blog called Deliverance from Debt the purpose of which is to support Christians who seek deliverance from debt.Deliverance from Debt blog http://deliverancefromdebt.wordpress.com/about/ Another North website, Free Christian Curriculum,http://www.freechristiancurriculum.com/public/main.cfm is dedicated to implementing a free Christian homeschooling curriculum for age 3 through grade 12.