Why Can’t Catholics Vote Libertarian?

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

Just War and The War on Terror

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

Why I am Not a Libertarian – A Libertarian Response

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

The Disparity Among American Catholics

I hate the word politics. It comes with so many disgusting connotations; I’d much rather people (including myself)  be talking about economics and philosophy than about politics.  Unfortunately, in my study and discussion of economics and philosophy, there comes a time where these economic and philosophical principles have to be put into action as policy.  So politics is virtually unavoidable. Continue reading

Tertium Quid

I just want to take some time out of my painfully early morning to address this concept of tertium quid quickly.  In the past, I looked at an issue from the two sides that it was presented from: the left and the right.  I never thought that there could be more to an issue than the left’s view and the right’s view.  Well obviously, as I haven’t clung on to either major political ideology as tightly as their proponents would have liked, I found out otherwise. Continue reading