It’s been a long time since I posted here.
I’m not coming back, at least not in the same capacity. After some time away, and some soul-searching, I found that I hadn’t actually been a libertarian Catholic. I had been a strong libertarian doing my best to use Catholicism to confirm my political beliefs.
A lot has changed for me, though it may not seem that way. In the last few years, I have met the true and living God in many real and substantial ways. I realized that my identity was not wrapped up in a political philosophy, but started and ended as a Son of God.
I don’t want to bore you with my story (maybe another post on another day). I still hold many of the same beliefs that I did before, so, as I said, it may not seem that much has changed. However, my approach, perspective, and priorities have completely reshuffled. I’m not concerned with being right anymore. I’m concerned with searching, finding, and living in service of the truth (or should I say the Truth).
I promise I am still political! I don’t really know how to identity myself anymore, with the modern libertarian movement drifting further and further left (socially at least). I am an amateur (literally lover) and a disciple (literally learner). The walls have come down. I have leapt the fence that separated ideological servitude and true freedom.
If you are still interested in what I have to say, mosey on over to my new (and hopefully my last) blog: Leaky Catholic.
God bless you all!
“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wonder are lost;
The old that is strong does not whither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.”
In an article published on Catholic Exchange, the author, Joe Fulwiler, makes some claims about libertarians and libertarianism that I find offensive, but that I also realize may be shared by many other Catholics. In musing about a perfect “Catholic Party,” which he says would combine the pro-life aspects of the Republican party and the social justice and poverty relief programs of the Democrats, Fulwiler actually describes the Libertarian Party as the opposite of a Catholic Party. Continue reading
George W. Bush was president from 2000-2008. He was a Republican, so consequently, he ran on “small government” principles, at least initially. However, in those 8 years alone, he almost doubled our national debt. He started (and prolonged) two wars, and neither war was executed with a declaration from Congress. He ballooned Medicare and the Department of Education. He brushed aside the fourth amendment with his passing of the Patriot Act. He paid hundreds of billions to bailed out companies that should have failed. By all accounts, Bush was not a small government president. He was a moderate at best, a Teddy Roosevelt progressive at worst. Continue reading
A criticism often heard of libertarians is that we are advocates of the individual, and therefore don’t care about the poor, needy, disabled, sick, etc. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Like most people, I feel it is my moral obligation to do what I can to help anybody who I encounter who needs help. It is helping the poor by means of a state safety net that libertarians oppose. Why? Well, to use an old cliché, “What the government gives, it must first take away.” Continue reading
Someone said to me recently that Just War is not a subject that comes out with clear-cut answers. I would say that war is a sticky matter. I would also say that it is hard to make definitive statements regarding the wars fought in the last decade, because obviously, you and I do not have all the information. I would argue, however, that the Just War Theory is very clear-cut, though complex, and that it should be obvious to every Catholic, as it is obvious to every libertarian, that the War on Terror is anything but just. Continue reading
The problem with being a 20 year old, self-proclaimed political commentator is that a lot of people, consciously or not, will dismiss me as “young,” “inexperienced,” “immature,” or “going through a phase.” Regardless of the truth that may or may not be in these descriptions, some of the stuff I say here either doesn’t get read at all or may be dismissed by skeptics.
So don’t take it from me. Take it from this guy, Randy England, a Catholic writer and criminal defense lawyer. His most recent book is called Free is Beautiful: Why Catholics should be libertarian. I devoured this book; it had everything. England uses Papal encyclicals, teaching of the Saints, Catholic doctrine, the Bible, and, something that we see very little in American politics today, pure logic, to support the claim that he makes in the title of the work.
I will strongly recommend this book to two groups of people. Firstly, and most importantly, I recommend this book to politically inclined Catholics. Aristotle said, “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” Put your biases aside (everybody has them) and give this book a read. It deserves it. Continue reading
Catholic philosopher Nathan Schlueter recently published an article called Why I am Not a Libertarian. I would advise reading that article and then reading this one, although you don’t have to. Also, when I start addressing his numbered arguments, you should read his argument first, then read my response. I am going to shed some light on some of his arguments from a libertarian perspective, and do my best to convince the reader of my position over his. Continue reading