FREE IS BEAUTIFUL, by Randy England uses the scriptures, the writings of the Saints and the Catechism to show why Catholicism is essentially libertarian. Only through our free will can we become virtuous and share in the divine life; knowing, loving and serving God.
What is libertarianism? ● The Catholic Church, the saints and liberty ● Free will, liberty and the non-aggression principle ● Liberty as essential to justice and salvation ● The Golden Rule ● The Common Good ● Is the State legitimate? ● Solidarity & subsidiarity ● Just wages & price controls ● Abortion ● Charity v. government welfare ● taxation ● Saints Thomas Aquinas & Augustine on the criminal law ● National defense ● Police, Courts & the prison system
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Centuries ago, St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Augustine recognized the futility and evil in trying to force people to be virtuous. They taught that government should limit itself to keeping the peace by protecting people’s lives and property.
The golden rule teaches that we must not do to another what we
would not want done to ourselves. Don’t cheat. Don’t steal. Don’t hit. Don’t harm others. Live and let live. Mind your own business. Libertarians call this the non-aggression principle: that no person or group may initiate force against another.
The modern state knows no such limits, making everyone’s business its own and leaving the individual naked before it. No matter which political party is in power, the government continues to grow unchecked, ignoring justice and fundamental rights, keeping the poor in a place of permanent dependency, while plundering the future to give favors to its friends and extending its world-wide empire through endless warfare.
It is time to consider libertarianism, the most just system in a fallen world and the only political philosophy that takes human dignity and free will seriously. Liberty will not feed a man, nor will it get him into heaven, but does guarantee him the freedom to do both.
Randy England is a Catholic writer and criminal defense lawyer in central Missouri. He is a former prosecutor and the author of Unicorn in the Sanctuary (Tan Books) and the end times novel: The Last Fisherman: A novel of the last Pope, the anti-christ and the end of the age.