Spiritual aspects of Nation Building
Without a good spiritual foundation they labor in vain
who attempt to build a nation.
The spiritual and social well-being of a country is
the foundation of an economy.
Teaching people the Gospel and giving them the tools
to provide for themselves is the basic formula for Nation
There must be a commitment to God and a desire to
resist temptation for a people to prosper.
God blesses the nation that speaks openly of Him
and His way of righteousness.
An economy/society populated by righteous people
is fair in all their transactions.
A Godly people gives to God, and expects
that God will repay.
When a nation is taught how to be
productive, that nation can be productive and return value far in
excess of the investment of teaching and tools of
Candidates for Nation Building:
- Choose nations which will contract for
repayment of investment
- Choose nations with a work ethic, i.e. the
expectation of payment for work, not an entitlement attitude.
- Choose nations with a legal system which honors
contracts and property rights
- Choose nations which will allow Christian missionaries
to evangelize, and who are willing to establish a Constitution which
- A country with a Christian ethic at its foundation,
who honors property rights, honesty, and contracts are more likely to
appreciate our efforts and repay the investment in their
- Goal: Establish the infrastructure
of undeveloped and underdeveloped nations.
- Elements of physical infrastructure include:
Energy, transportation, power, water, food, communication, and
- When initializing an economy, basic survival
needs must be insured: power, water, food, shelter, and sanitation
- The rudiments of transportation and communication
are also required to support a low level economy
- Once survival has been assured, the population
centers must have an adequate power base
(electrical/hydrogen/ethanol...) to drive the engines of industry
- A nation need not have natural resources for
success. An excellent Godly national
character, plus the industrial leverage of a work
ethic and a desire to serve will provide national success.
- A rich cache of minerals or fertile land is an
advantage, but importing raw materials, and exporting finished
products and trading for needed goods and services is a viable
model for national production, e.g. Japan.
- The key ingredient to success of any nation building
effort is the character of the people. The labor pool will
ultimately produce and distribute all goods and services produced by
the national economy. Automation and other labor leveraging
methods will not be able to overcome the deficiencies of a
people of unGodly character, e.g. addicted to pleasure, deficient
work ethic, disrespect of property, property rights,
- A mature social infrastructure will include:
education, government, defense, law, art, recreation, and spiritual
expression. These should all support
building character in the nation The fruits of
the economy, the welfare of the people, the synergy between
government, industry, and church should all bear the fruits of a
people working for mutual goals and the glorification of God.
- The minimum social structure required for economic
prosperity will include a government which maintains order, and a
legal system that enforces property rights and contracts.
- Initialization of a social and physical infrastructure
will create an economic
environment where industry, production and trade can be
- External investment is required
to rapidly initialize a nation's infrastructure. If
America engages in supporting a nation building effort, it should be
with the expectation of profit and repayment.
- Once established, the physical & social
infrastructure will attract private investment which will
accelerate the economy's growth.
Energy is the force that drives the engines
of industry & create productivity:
Wind/Solar/Biomass & Hydrogen are clean &
Wind generation of electricity is currently
cost competitive with conventional fuels (coal, oil, nuclear).
But wind power must be coupled with an energy
storage technology (.e.g. water electrolysis to produce
Hydrogen for combustion or producing electricity through
The only byproduct of hydrogen combustion is water,
H2O, which exhausted into the atmosphere and recirculates
back as rain.
Hydrogen can be liquefied and used
in modified conventional internal combustion automobiles
instead of gasoline.
Hydrogen can be generated offshore from seawater (or
from freshwater on land), piped as a gas to be burned in
conventional power plants to generate electricity.
Hydrogen can be used as the stored energy
source to power fuel cells to create electricity.
High temperature fuel cells are close to cost
competitive in some applications for large commercial
New solar technologies are arriving (spherical solar
beads) which when mature should be competitive with conventional
fossil fuels when the hidden, subsidized, avoided,
and parasitic costs of pollution are considered.
With sufficient energy combined with intelligent
automation, the basic production needs of the entire population of the
world could easily be met with the available workforce.
Investment in an energy infrastructure is an
investment that can bring down the cost of all other produced goods
As a nation and world, we should take the long
view of life, sacrifice, and invest in the Alternative Energy
infrastructure for our nation and the world, regardless of whether the
price point of the alternative systems has crossed under the price/kw
of conventional fuels.
Energy can be applied to industry to prevent the
spoiling of the environment with the effluents & industrial
byproducts of manufacturing
Recycling of packaging materials is a first step in
the process of a sustainable ecology
A secondary layer of effluent recovery must
become as common and expected as garbage recycling. Gas,
liquid, and solid effluents can be scrubbed for impurities.
The price competition between countries using, or not using the
effluent standards can be equalized by tariffs.
must be the
principle governing price competition between nations.
Government must simply decide the level of
acceptable effluent purity. The level is arbitrary.
Applying more energy to an effluent will produce an additional
increment of purification.
Population, Ecology, Environment:
Water -- a requirement for life and society:
- Water can be supplied by drilling wells, pumping from
rivers, and creating dams and storage basins.
- Wind/solar Energy can supply the energy needed to pump
the water from the ocean for desalinization
- Solar Energy can supply the heat and electricity
to desalinate salt water for industry, agriculture, and
- Geothermal heat can be used in some locations to
reduce the need for solar/electrical power.
- Fuel cells can produce water as a byproduct of
Funding of Infrastructure Development:
- Investment in infrastructure through Private and
Government financial institutions
- Expect a payment. Contract with a
government which will repay the loan from the taxes that result
from the increased productivity.
- Retirement accounts, Social Security, and other long
term investment accounts might find Nation Building Bonds
good investment instruments to hold value and appreciate for their
American government involvement in nation
Establishment of an Agency for Nation Building under
Department of State
Coordinate and focus bidding for contracts to
supply various elements of the Nation Building
Provide a point of accountability for the
investments. Web posting of progress, contract terms, societal
education, infrastructure goals, charts of percentage completion,
etc. Management data should be open to public purview and
supervision. Management assessment, independent analysis should
be provided quarterly.
Benefits to America for engaging in Nation Building
People are the foundation
of the society and economy
An economy must have a human resource pipeline
of capable and educated workers that can fill the slots of
The advisers, managers, technicians, and laborers who
come to aid the fledgling economies should also serve as teachers and
Ideally every American assisting in the foreign
country’s industrial growth should be a living example and
representative of the Gospel of Christ.
The hearts of the native people should be taught
to appreciate technology, maintenance, operations, discipline,
work-ethic, and love of learning.
The overarching principle of foreign aid is to feed
the hungry and teach them the Gospel. We are a Christian nation, the
world knows it, and we are to operate in the highest of ethics, and be
an example of the faith.
will be blessed by giving to the poor, and teaching them to feed
Direct the investment and application of expertise and
equipment in collaboration with local and national
All assistance should be in the form of loans that are
dispersed under the authority of American nationals who are sent to
improve the country’s infrastructure.
aid given for discretionary spending.
All loans of labor and equipment are given with the
expectation of repayment.
products overseas, the net balance of trade can tip back in
Summary: Investment in development of 3rd
World agriculture, education, transportation, manufacturing,
information, & communication infrastructure will bring the
undeveloped nations into full partnership in the world economy.
The investment in 3rd world economies is
truly an investment with an intent for a return with
Investment requires sacrifice and a delay in
A large return
will come from this investment, but there will be a period of
sacrifice before that return is realized.
The return on investment will be tangible and
The risk of
military and economic aggression will be reduced as the world’s
nations come into the
, and the needs of their
people are met.
A debt of gratitude and thanks will arise
spontaneously and naturally when the gift comes from the heart.
The new foreign national economies will become markets
for our goods, and exporters of goods for our use.
develop a standard of living which makes job export from our country
to theirs less desirable.