Skip to comments.Catholicism and Libertarianism
Posted on 11/19/2013 3:10:43 PM PST by marshmallow
While libertarianism has a number of tenets that are in accord with Catholic social teaching, complete integration of the two is ultimately impracticable.
Earlier this year, a friend and I attended the Ludwig von Mises Institute conference in Houston, Texas. The conference centered upon an analysis of the current financial challenges facing our country, and a discussion of some economic and political solutions. Since the keynote speaker was Ron Paul, I thought it was safe to say the majority of those in attendance identified themselves as libertarians, either socially or philosophically. But I learned otherwise. During the first session break, following Lew Rockwells lecture, I began talking with a young man by the name of Bo. After a brief introduction and small talk, Bo quickly asked, So, I am guessing you are a libertarian?
No, I responded. I am actually a Thomist.
To my astonishment and joy, Bo knew what this meant, for he himself had read Aquinas in college, and said that Aquinas changed the way he viewed, and did, philosophy. Bo did favor the libertarian view of politics, and he was intrigued as to why I was there, perhaps hoping that my presence was a sign of conversion. I informed him that, as a Thomist, I disagreed with many of the libertarian positions, but was willing to affirm whatever was true in what libertarians held and taught.
To be a Thomist is not simply to hold to a particular set of doctrines (it is that, as well), but, more importantly, it is a way of viewing everythinga manner of distinguishing and separating in order to unite, thereby seeing the relation of the parts to the whole. Ultimately, it is the search for truth as the end of the human intellect, pursuing it wherever it can be found, no.......
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This should be interesting. Ping for later.
Of course we're not given access to what Dr. Paul said, but regardless I doubt he ever ran for President or considered his Congressional career as being part of an evil government.
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