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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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 Real Existential Threat

When asked if he believed there was a vital threat coming from Iran, Pat Buchanan answered:

“No.  Look, during the Cold War, the Soviet Union had thousands of weapons and could have destroyed us in an afternoon, and we could have done the same thing.  I was around during the Cuban Missile Crisis; that was genuinely terrifying.  But Iran doesn’t frighten me, and I don’t think it should frighten the American people.  They don’t have a bomb, they haven’t made a decision to build one, they don’t have the means to deliver one, and the Israeli’s have 300 atomic bombs.  I mean, who presents the existential threat to whom?” (emphasis added). Continue reading

Why Ron Paul Is the Only Moral Option

I was going to try to keep this blog mostly idealogical, but this post is going to be very specific.  The Republican Party is currently at a crossroads.  In the primary, we have 3 big government statists who all claim to be conservative, and then you have Ron Paul.  Most conservative-leaning individuals who I talk to who don’t get  their news solely from Fox News are either voting for Ron Paul in the primary, or they aren’t because they don’t think he is electable.  Many polls have shown otherwise, but the media and others like to ignore these polls.  So know this: polls have Romney and Paul tied with Obama, and every other candidate losing to Obama.  A logical person would now say, “Wow.  So Ron Paul IS electable.”  Fox News and it’s devoted followers still like to insist otherwise. Continue reading