Articles by James Fox Higgins

Was Jesus Christ a communist?

This article is an adaption based on a talk given by James at LibertyFest Brisbane 2018. 

Definitions are important. A quick dictionary definition of communism tells us that it’s a theory or system of social organisation in which all property is owned by the community and each person contributes and receives according to their ability and needs. We’ve all heard that before.

It’s not a bad idea in theory, but of course, we know that in practice every manifestation of communism in the world has ended in a bloodbath. So I’m dubious that Jesus was a communist. He might have agreed in theory with the idea, but in practice we see that communism does not live up to its altruistic ideals.

The devil is always in the detail, and the words “system of social organisation,” are the danger. With any system of social organisation, the essential question is: can I Read the rest

The Culture War: bogeyman, or call-to-arms?

It was a happy coincidence that I was asked to write my first article for LibertyWorks while I am here visiting in China, where my father lives and works. Being immersed in a culture that has familiar artefacts, but on the whole is quite alien to me, is a prime place for deep thought on the nature and meaning of culture, and what it means for freedom.

Perhaps turning coincidence into tragic irony is the fact that I am writing this in a Starbucks, on the corner of a major intersection in the third-tier city of Guilin, in the Guangxi province. For the most part, Guilin is still considered to be part of the third world, and I have witnessed good reason for that in some of the older and less gentrified districts of the millennia-old city. Yet, here I sit in an American coffee franchise, in a third world … Read the rest