Reposting from an old blog
North attempts to vindicate the reality that there are “planned conspiracies.”
Jesus’s way: open ministry. This reflects the principle of “open covenants openly arrived at,” which is fundamental to Western law (North 2).
The Reality of Conspiracies
Cosmic Personalism: men are responsible, personal agents. Further, there is a personal struggle in history, involving cosmic agents (Gen. 3:15).
The Establishment’s Conspiracy
North identifies “the conspiracy” as “the Establishment.” This is the Deep State, or the Swamp. What makes this unique is that it is a conspiracy of insiders against outsiders.
Setting the Agenda
Thesis: : through their domination over the major educational, political, and financial institutions, these conspirators have “set the agenda,” especially the intellectual agenda, for the last century (14).
The Biblical View
No one is claiming that God is going to lose in history and if there is a conspiracy, then Satan is all-powerful. No offense, but detractors who keep insisting that those who have a biblical view of history mean that are either ignorant, incapable of reading comprehension, or dishonest. Take your pick.
The People’s Will
North: When the people of a society accept the idea that the people’s will is absolutely sovereign, they thereby condemn themselves to a life of manipulation by corrupt elites that will seek to rule “in the name of the People” (21).
Df. conspiracy = a confederation set up together to obtain evil ends (22).
The Conspiracy’s Theology
God’s law was public, revealed law.
Secrecy is a key move. For those who reject the conspiracy view of history, they must explain why these groups always meet in secret (and usually independent of elected officials; think Jekyll Island, Bilderbergs, etc).
Conspiracies also need to gain control of the intellectual outlets, as well as the means for making them public.
Thesis, Part 2: The conspiracy view of history is based on the following presuppositions. First, people make history; impersonal forces do not. Second, events do take place within historical limits: economics, politics, ideas, etc. Third, powerful people are powerful. Fourth, powerful people seek to achieve their goals by means of public and quasi-public institutions that are financed by the general public, including their enemies. Fifth, in order to achieve many of these goals, the planners need to conceal their plans from their enemies” (60).