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.
I will secondly recommend this book to libertarian folk who wonder to themselves how Catholicism can possibly be compatible with libertarian ideals and principles. I hope that they will see that not only is Catholicism compatible with libertarian ideas, but it actually encompasses libertarian ideas and teaches the same things (and in some cases may have been the basis for libertarian ideas).
American Catholics need a book like this, especially during this time of cultural crisis. Give this book a read, and let me know what you think!
And for all you kindle users, the book is only $2.99 on Amazon for kindle.