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

Solidarity through Subsidiarity

Since Obama’s decision to impose the HHS mandate on the country and give Catholic organizations 1 year to comply, the internet has exploded with angry Catholics wondering how in the world the President could so blatantly violate our Constitutional guarantee of the freedom of religion. President Obama told Archbishop Dolan a few weeks ago that he still had the utmost respect for the Church and would never force the people to violate any of Her principles. To quote Representative Joe Wilson, “You lie!” Catholics are now going to be forced to either violate their beliefs or forgo healthcare.  We have every right to be outraged. Continue reading