Government Corruption as a Cause for Diaspora and Political Fragmentation of Communities into Private Membership Associations (PMAs)

This article will examine government corruption as the main cause of diaspora and political fragmentation of communities into Private Membership Associations (PMAs) or new governments. This is a very important subject, because this phenomenon can also trace the very origin of the United States of America and its war of revolution against Britain at the time.

There are many reasons that governments degenerate, and the cause in most cases is the corruption of the morality of the culture. There are specific phases in this degeneration and rebirth of governments:

  1. Sin – Israel chooses idolatry. See:
    Government Corruption, Form #11.401
  2. Servitude – Israel is enslaved or made to suffer. This often happens when foreign countries invade or the people are sent in exile to other countries, like the Israelites were sent to captivity in Babylon for 70 years. See John 8:34
  3. Sorrow and Repentance – They sorrow, begin to cry out to the Lord, and offer supplication.
  4. Salvation – They were sent a judge restored to repentance, and a time of rest and peace and prosperity would follow.

Right now, our culture is in phase 1 above. Diaspora happens in this phase. When a society is in phase 3 and 4, people from OTHER countries come to the country to escape the corruption in THEIR country. In that sense, they become “scattered remnants” of the society they left. This scattering in fact is how Christianity quickly spread throughout the world, in fact! Early Christians were persecuted by Rome in their country of origin and left elsewhere to escape the persecution. Eventually, however, the Roman empire evolved to be BASED on Christianity at the Council of Nicaea in AD300. See:

Wikipedia: Council of Nicaea

The above cycle is described in the Bible Book of Judges. See:

The Cycle of Judges, Oak Grove Church of Christ

The last phase of the cycle, step 4 above, is described in its entirety in the Bible Book of Nehemiah, in which Nehemiah gathers the originally scattered people into a destroyed city of Jerusalem to rebuild it, and rebuild the wall separating it from the pagans outside.    A sort of physical sanctification is what he sought as a kind of diaspora:  Living IN THE WORLD but not being OF THE WORLD. This is our favorite book in the Bible, in fact.  That book is described in the following sermon:

Laboring for a God Who Fights for Us, Tim Keller

The main theme of this website is:

  1. Trusting and obeying God and His holy law. See:
    The Laws of God
  2. Applying biblical law to discern and correct and avoid government corruption. See:
    Delegation of Authority Order from God to Christians, Form #13.007
  3. Following the biblical mandate to sanctify and separate ourselves from corrupt government as much as possible unless and until they at least respect biblical law and do not try to persecute or interfere with those who want to follow it. See:
    Non-Resident Non-Person Position, Form #05.020

The last step above, that of separating ourselves as Christians civilly from a corrupt state we happen to live in, leads to a phenomenon called “diaspora”, which is defined as follows:

Wikipedia: Diaspora

diaspora (/daɪˈæspərə/ dye-AS-pər-ə) is a population that is scattered across regions which are separate from its geographic place of origin.[2][3] Historically, the word was used first in reference to the dispersion of Greeks in the Hellenic world, and later Jews after the Babylonian exile.[4][5][6][7] The word “diaspora” is used today in reference to people who identify with a specific geographic location, but currently reside elsewhere.[8][9][10]

Examples of notably large diasporic populations are the Assyrian–Chaldean–Syriac diaspora, which originated during and after the early Arab-Muslim conquests and continued to grow in the aftermath of the Assyrian genocide;[11][12] the southern Chinese and Indians who left their homelands during the 19th and 20th centuries; the Irish diaspora that came into existence both during and after the Great Famine;[13] the Scottish diaspora that developed on a large scale after the Highland Clearances and Lowland Clearances;[14] the nomadic Romani population from the Indian subcontinent;[15] the Italian diaspora and the Mexican diaspora; the Circassians in the aftermath of the Circassian genocide; the Palestinian diaspora due to the Israeli–Palestinian conflict and the broader Arab–Israeli conflict;[16] the Armenian diaspora following the Armenian genocide;[17][18] the Lebanese diaspora due to the Lebanese Civil War;[19] the Greek population that fled or was displaced following the fall of Constantinople[20] and the later Greek genocide[21] as well as the Istanbul pogroms;[22] and the emigration of Anglo-Saxons (primarily to the Byzantine Empire) after the Norman Conquest of England.[23]

In contemporary times, scholars have differentiated the different kinds of diasporas which currently exist based on the causes of them, such as colonialism, trade/labour migrations, or the kinds of social coherence which exist within the diaspora communities and their ties to the ancestral lands; some diaspora communities maintain strong cultural and political ties to their homelands. Other qualities that may be typical of many diasporas are thoughts of return to the ancestral lands, maintaining any form of ties with the region of origin as well as relationships with other communities in the diaspora, and lack of full integration into the new host countries. Diasporas often maintain ties to the country of their historical affiliation and usually influence their current host country’s policies towards their homeland.

According to a 2019 United Nations report, the Indian diaspora is the world’s largest diaspora, with a population of 17.5 million, followed by the Mexican diaspora, with a population of 11.8 million, and the Chinese diaspora, with a population of 10.7 million.[24]


Diasporas are almost always accompanied by SOME form of CIVIL LEGAL separation between a group and the country or state they live in. In that sense, they are “foreign” with respect to civil legislative jurisdiction in relation to the community they live in.  The commonality of this civil legal separation between diaspora groups and the countries they live in, in fact, explains the great divide between the TWO legal systems found throughout our country:  Civil and Criminal.  Civil is based on consent and Criminal is not.  People who don’t integrate into the country or state they live in simply do not CONSENT to be “governed” by the civil statutes that regulate VOLUNTARY members of the CIVIL state called “citizens” and “residents” (aliens), and therefore DO NOT surrender any of their constitutional rights in exchange for POLITICAL privileges within a group they don’t want to be part of:

When one becomes a member of society, he necessarily parts with some rights or privileges which, as an individual not affected by his relations to others, he might retain.  HN4 “A body politic,” as aptly defined in the preamble of the Constitution of Massachusetts, “is a social compact by which the whole people covenants with each citizen, and each citizen with the whole people, that all shall be governed by certain laws for the common good.” This does not confer power upon the whole people to control rights which are purely and exclusively private, Thorpe v. R. & B. Railroad Co., 27 Vt. 143; but it does authorize the establishment of laws requiring each citizen to so conduct himself, and so use his own property, as not unnecessarily to injure another. This is the very essence of government, and has found expression in the maxim sic utere tuo ut alienum non loedas.  From this source come the HN5 police powers, which, as was said by Mr. Chief Justice Taney in the License Cases, 5 How. 583, “are nothing more or less than the powers of government inherent in every sovereignty, . . . that is to say, . . . the power to govern men and things.” Under these powers the government regulates the conduct of its citizens one towards another, and the manner in which each shall use his own property, when such regulation becomes necessary for the public good.

[Munn v. Illinois, 94 U.S. 113 (1876)]

The above Wikipedia article mentions that people engaged in diaspora originated in a different geographic place. In the Bible, that place is the Kingdom of Heaven. In a legal sense for Christians, the corporation called “The Kingdom of Heaven” is their “domicile of origin”. Before we as Christians came here, we started in the presence of God in Heaven, as Jeremiah 1:5 indicates. Thus, while visiting earth, we are AMBASSADORS and REPRESENTATIVES of God on a temporary diplomatic mission.

Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.

[2 Cor. 5:20, Bible, NKVJ]

That mission is described in:

Delegation of Authority Order from God to Christians, Form #13.007

The Bible is replete with many historical examples of WHY people become “scattered” abroad in other countries. In ALL cases, it is because people DID NOT follow or REFUSED to follow the LAWS OF GOD! For examples with many more NOT mentioned, see:

  1. Leviticus 26:33
  2. Deut. 4:27
  3. Deut. 28:64
  4. 1 Kings 14:15
  5. Nehemiah 1:8
  6. Jeremiah 9:16
  7. Jeremiah 13:24
  8. Jeremiah 18:17
  9. Jeremiah 49:32

The First Amendment protects the right of people of faith to live a CIVILLY separate and foreign lifestyle while they live in the United States of America. From a legal perspective, that lifestyle consists of the following:

  1. Not having a civil domicile or “residence” in the place we physically live. See:
    Why Domicile and Becoming a “Taxpayer” Require Your Consent, Form #05.002
  2. Avoiding all civil franchises which might create a political hierarchy that competes with God’s sovereign dominion over our lives. See:
    Government Instituted Slavery Using Franchises, Form #05.030
  3. Identifying politically and legally as:
    3.1 Nonresident alien.
    3.2 Transient foreigner.
    3.3 Sojourner.
    3.4 Stateless person.
  4. Being protected ONLY by the common law, the Constitution, and the criminal law and NEVER the civil statutory code. See:
    Choice of Law, Litigation Tool #01.010
  5. Being a CIVIL anarchist, as Jesus was. See:
    Jesus is an Anarchist
  6. NOT being against ALL law, the criminal law, the constitution, or the common law. See:
    Problems with Atheistic Anarchism, Form #08.020

Following the above essentially legally and civilly divorces the state we are physically within and substitutes in its place essentially a Private Membership Association (PMA). This, in fact, is what ALL civil statutory codes do: Recognize and create a system of government in which:

  1. A club or group is established.
  2. Identify the CIVIL “rules” for those who CONSENT to be “club members”.
  3. Designate a default law system to replace the civil law if or when some people within the geography DO NOT consent to join “the club” called “the State”. That would be the CRIMINAL law and the COMMON law.

Sometimes, it is easier to LEAVE a corrupted society physically than to be a diaspora within it. This happens, for instance, when Mexicans leave Mexico to come to the United States. It has also happened with Muslims leaving the war and violence torn Middle East.

Christians, by the way, are NOT the ONLY religion that takes this approach of sanctification and separation from the society they live within . Muslims immigrants who travel to western countries are famous for:

  1. Rejecting local CIVIL laws and customs in favor of Sharia law.
  2. Not integrating politically into the society by being a voter or a jurist.
  3. Having large families and out-multiplying the society they are in to eventually overtake and replace it. This, by the way, is an important characteristic of all patriarchal societies and also happens with the Amish, who also have large families.

Even within secular communities, this kind of political separation occurs. For instance, the American Indians were displaced when the white man arrived. Eventually, they were put on legally and physically separate “reservations”. This also happened with the Canadian and Australian aboriginals. These reservations are legally and politically foreign to the geographies they are within, although the American Indians have since been declared STATUTORY citizens under 8 U.S.C. § 1401 like other territorial citizens in Puerto Rico.

Lastly, an ENTIRE LAW system was invented by the Romans as they conquered new places and found that the people there wanted to be a diaspora group that did NOT integrate with THEIR law system. It’s called the common law! That law system in fact, is still in place in America and most western countries and you can invoke it in most state courts if you don’t like the civil statutory law.

Chapter II: The Civil and the Common Law

29. In the original civil law, jus civile, was exclusively for Roman citizens; it was not applied in controversies between foreigners. But as the number of foreigners increased in Rome it became necessary to find some law for deciding disputes among them. For this the Roman courts hit upon a very singular expedient. Observing that all the surrounding peoples with whom they were acquainted had certain principles of law in common, they took those common principles as rules of decision for such cases, and to the body of law thus obtained they gave the name of Jus gentium. The point on which the jus gentium differed most noticably from the Jus civile was its simplicity and disregard of forms. All archaic law is full of forms, ceremonies and what to a modern mind seem useless and absurd technicalities. This was true of the [civil] law of old Rome. In many cases a sale, for instance, could be made only by the observance of a certain elaborate set of forms known as mancipation; if any one of these was omitted the transaction was void. And doubtless the laws of the surrounding peoples had each its own peculiar requirements. But in all of them the consent of the parties to transfer the ownership for a price was required. The Roman courts therefore in constructing their system of Jus gentium fixed upon this common characteristic and disregarded the local forms, so that a sale became the simplest affair possible.

30. After the conquest of Greece, the Greek philosophy made its way to Rome, and stoicism in particular obtained a great vogue among the lawyers. With it came the conception of natural law (Jus naturale) or the law of nature (jus naturae); to live according to nature was the main tenet of the stoic morality.  The idea was of some simple principle or principles from which, if they could be discovered, a complete, systematic and equitable set of rules of conduct could be deduced, and the unfortunate departure from which by mankind generally was the source of the confusion and injustice that prevailed in human affairs. To bring their own law into conformity with the law of nature became the aim of the Roman jurists, and the praetor’s edict and the responses were the instruments which they used to accomplish this. Simplicity and universality they regarded as marks of natural law, and since these were exactly the qualities which belonged to the jus gentium, it was no more than natural that the two should to a considerable extent be identified. The result was that under the name of natural law principles largely  the same as those which the Roman courts had for a long time been administering between foreigners permeated and transformed the whole Roman law.

The way in which this was at first done was by recognizing two kinds of rights, rights by the civil law and rights by natural law, and practically subordinating the former to the latter. Thus if Caius was the owner of a thing by the civil law and Titius by natural law,the courts would not indeed deny up and down the right of Caius. They admitted that he was owner ; but they would not permit him to exercise his legal right to the prejudice of Titius, to whom on the other hand they accorded the practical benefits of ownership; and so by taking away the legal owner’s remedies they practically nullified his right. Afterwards the two kinds of laws were more completely consolidated, the older civil law giving way to  the law of nature when the two conflicted. This double system of rights in the Roman law is of importance to the student of the English law, because a very similar dualism arose and still exists in the latter, whose origin is no doubt traceable in part to the influence of Roman ideas.

[An Elementary Treatise on the Common Law for the Use of Students, Henry T. Terry, The Maruzen-Kabushiki-Kaisha, 1906, pp. 18-20]

Further references and research:

  1. Wikipedia: Diaspora
  2. Merriam-Webster Dictionary: Diaspora
  3. Wikipedia: Indigenous Peoples in America
  4. The Cycle of Judges, Oak Grove Church of Christ
  5. Socialism: The New American Civil Religion, Form #05.016
  6. Delegation of Authority Order from God to Christians, Form #13.007
  7. Government Instituted Slavery Using Franchises, Form #05.030
  8. Problems with Atheistic Anarchism, Form #08.020
  9. Render to Caesar-Gino Casternovia
  10. Government Corruption, Form #11.401


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