The George Buchanan Forum Fall Conference
Friday evening, October 22, 2021
Trinity Reformed Church, Festival Hall, Moscow, Idaho
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6:00 p.m. Welcome and announcements
6:00 to 6:30 Jeremy Bunch – Hard Hearts & Monarchs: Deuteronomy & 1 Samuel
The interpretations of the people of Israel asking for a king in the narrative of 1 Samuel are varied, particularly in connection with Deuteronomy chapter 16, where Moses anticipates this historic event. This talk seeks to make observations from both Deuteronomy and 1 Samuel in order to develop a consistent interpretation of the meaning of Isrel’s significant shift in political governance.
6:30 to 7:00 George Harrell – The French Road to Vietnam
The Vietnam War has become the symbolic hot conflict of the Cold War. While the U.S. only officially entered the fight in Vietnam after the 1964 Gulf of Tonkin Incident, it was U.S. money and U.S. military support of French imperialism as early as 1945 that made the French-Indochina War possible, which the U.S. then inherited as the Vietnam War. What started as a local fight for self-determination in the Far East against French imperialism then became rebranded as part of a war between competing ideologies for global supremacy.
7:00 to 7:15 break (snacks, beer & wine)
7:15 to 7:45 Jonathan McIntosh – Pre-fall Civil Government? Why There Wasn’t, and Why It Matters
Would there have been political authority had Adam and Eve never fallen? St. Augustine famously said “no,” while St. Thomas Aquinas argued “yes,” with later thinkers being somewhat divided on the issue. A common temptation, however, is to dismiss the question as a point of idle speculation. How can we know? And who cares, anyway? While dogmatic certainty on such a point is perhaps not possible, the question of pre-fall civil government can nevertheless be quite valuable, even practical, as it challenges us to think hard about and to make careful distinctions in regard to what we take the nature and purpose of civil government to be. This presentation will canvas some of the historical positions on this question, will make a case for thinking there was no pre-fall civil government, and give a sense of just what is at stake in this issue.
7:45 to 8:15 Timothy Nadreau – Ag Subsidies: the World’s (Other) Oldest Profession
Every OECD [Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development] nation, with the exception of New Zealand, has some form of federal agricultural policy in place. Yet most discussions on political philosophy and policy avoid discussions of the handouts given to the right wing. This talk is structured to discuss the perverse incentives at the core of the U.S. Farm Bill, what the end of the road for federal farms looks like, and to tell one of the most recent and interesting Supreme Court Rulings regarding farm policy. Reality paints a view of farmers far different than the bucolic pictures of Rockwell, and shows them to be the compliant children of paternalistic governments.
8:15 to 9:00 Q&A and fellowship