Free is Beautiful – a Review and Recommendation

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

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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