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Why Catholics should be libertarian

PART I – Chapter One: What is libertarianism? | The moral basis of libertarianism | The non-aggression principle | The Golden Rule | Doing evil that good may result | A libertarian view of politics | A libertarian society | [Download]


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Chapter Two: Catholicism and Liberty | God gave us free will | If God gave us freedom, shall men take it away? | Do we own ourselves? | Government, authority and the common good | The people determine how they should be governed | Duty to the existing government | St Paul Tweaks the Emperor’s nose | The right to change the existing government | Rights and the common good | Negative rights & positive rights | Man is before the state: the principle of subsidiarity | Government by aggression is unjust government | St Augustine: Unjust government is robbery  [Download]

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Chapter Three: The Church, Property, and the Free Market | Origin of Private Property | Tragedy of the Commons | Thou shall not steal | Duty to help the poor: charity or force? | The Free Market | A Just Price | A Just Wage | The Minimum Wage  [Download]

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Chapter Four: Liberty and the Right to Life  The Catholic Church and Abortion | Libertarians and Abortion | A libertarian Debate: Murray Rothbard vs. Fr. James Sadowsky | [Download]

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Chapter Five: Liberty and the Criminal Law | Ignorance of the law is no excuse | Thomas Aquinas: Should all vices be crimes? | What should be criminal? | St. Augustine: Divine Providence and the problem of evil [Download]

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PART II

Chapter Six: Liberty and Economic Regulation | Price Controls | Price Gouging | Minimum Wage | Street Vending | Government-made monopolies | Home-based businesses | [Download]

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Chapter Seven: Occupational Licensing | Professional Licensing or Certification?Licensing and Quality| Costs of licensing | Healthcare licensing | Criminal barbering | Lawyers and Licensing | [Download]

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Chapter Eight: Crime, Police and the Courts | It’s about the victim | Crime prevention & control | What might private security look like? | Who will watch the watchers? | The law and the courts | How could private courts work? | Private prisons | Restitution changes things | [Download]

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Chapter Nine: More Libertarian Solutions | Land use & resources | Pollution & the environment | The post office & other government “services” | Radio, TV & the FCC | US Food & Drug Administration | What about discrimination laws? | Marriage laws | What about national defense? | The mother of all guerrilla wars | How it might work & who pays? | [Download]

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Chapter Ten: Transitioning to Liberty | | Caring for the poor without government | Will charitable giving be enough? | The power of mutual benefit associations | Preparing for liberty | Rejecting participation in government aggression [Download] 

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