Georgia GOP candidate rejects “livable wage”

To be plain, what she wants is wage slavery. The teaching of the Church is plain and commonsensical;  people should be paid enough so they can live, provide for a family, contribute to the community, and lead a reasonable and humane life: Let the working man and the employer make free agreements, and in particular [Read More…]

The Prophet Chesterton on the Anarchy of the Rich

From The Man Who Was Thursday, one of the strangest and most novels ever written: You’ve got that eternal idiotic idea that if anarchy came it would come from the poor. Why should it? The poor have been rebels, but they have never been anarchists; they have more interest than anyone else in there being [Read More…]

Libertarianism is incompatible with the Faith

“Libertarianism” (we are told) “opposes plunder and violence.” No. Libertarianism opposes any exercise of state power. That’s what it’s about. It is, like all heretical impulses, the exaltation of a couple of Catholic ideas (the dignity of personal responsibility, the goodness of property, and the hostility to state exercises of lawless tyranny) swollen to madness [Read More…]

Pre-existing conditions

From Senator Sherrod Brown, here is what the Kill the Weak Act passed by the super duper prolifiest party of Trump yesterday calls a pre-existing condition that you can be screwed out of coverage for: From Senator Sherrod Brown (Ohio), a list of pre-existing conditions with coverage lost under #Trumpcare: AIDS/HIV, acid reflux, acne, ADD, [Read More…]

Pope Francis Offers a Critique of a Sacred Cow

Libertarian individualism: Finally, I cannot but speak of the serious risks associated with the invasion, at high levels of culture and education in both universities and in schools, of positions of libertarian individualism. A common feature of this fallacious paradigm is that it minimizes the common good, that is, “living well”, a “good life” in [Read More…]

Everything wrong with Libertarian Brutalism

At the end of the day, what Libertarian brutalism means is a) my stuff matters more than your life, even when I don’t need it and b) my *feeling* of stooping down and being generous for putting five bucks in a GoFundMe (if the mood takes me) is more important than having five bucks taken [Read More…]

In other words…

…the law–including economic and property law–was made for man, not man for the law: Why Libertarian is as incompatible with the Faith as Communism. [Read more…]

New Ebola Vaccine gives 100% Protection

If you are a normal person, this is fantastic news.  If you are a Libertarian, you are furious because this is the result of a massive governmental effort that gives the lie to your theory that the state is a failure and everything can be achieved by a plucky guy with a home lab kit [Read More…]

A Consistent Prolife Ethic…

believes that merely being born is not the cutoff point for support for human life and that toddlers born to poor rural families should get the medical care they need and deserve. The libertarian lie in response to this is that a state social safety net that guarantees poor children the health care they need [Read More…]

Libertarianism: Another Word for Juvenile Anarchism

1897 “Human society can be neither well-ordered nor prosperous unless it has some people invested with legitimate authority to preserve its institutions and to devote themselves as far as is necessary to work and care for the good of all.”15 By “authority” one means the quality by virtue of which persons or institutions make laws and [Read More…]