Skip to comments.The Left, the Right, and Catholicism
Posted on 08/09/2012 8:45:48 AM PDT by marshmallow
Catholicism sees freedom as directed toward the good life, and fills in the details with its understanding of God and man. Liberalism likes to avoid big issues like God, man, and the good, because they cause arguments, so it sees freedom not as freedom to pursue anything in particular but as freedom to choose freely. Freedom is freedom to go after whatever it is you happen to want.
The result of that view, along with the view that freedom is the highest political goal, is that the good life drops out of sight as a public concern. Thats a problem for Catholics who want to promote the good life through politics, because almost all politics today are liberal. Even the battle between liberals and conservatives is mostly a dispute between two groups of liberals. The two sides may differ in their interpretation of freedom, but they agree that it comes first, and that in essence its freedom to do whatever you want.
Progressive liberals take a consumers point of view, and combine the belief that freedom is simple freedom of choice with egalitarianism and social management. The result is a sort of Burger King Have It Your Way vision of freedom: its freedom to choose from a menu thats as long as possible and available equally to everyone. For that kind of freedom to exist, the choices must be independent of the choices other people make. The menu therefore emphasizes choices that can be made individually and separately, like consumer goods and private lifestyle options. Freedom turns out to mean access and tolerancea state of affairs in which people are given what they choose from a set list, and they have a right to have other people go along with their choices.
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