Father Robert Spitzer on Liberty


Thanks to JSB Morse at The Libertarian Catholic website for noting last week’s EWTN broadcast program of “Father Spitzer’s Universe.” Father Robert Spitzer S.J. is a brilliant Catholic author on the spiritual life, theology and the scientific evidence for a transcendent God. He is also President of the Magis Center of Reason and Faith.

The video below picks up halfway through the program as Fr. Spitzer explains the work of Spanish Scholastic writer Francisco Suárez who set out the modern basis for natural rights theory, later influencing Hugo Grotius, John Locke and Thomas Jefferson.

Father Spitzer goes far in laying the groundwork upon which Catholic libertarianism is based:

  • The right to self-governance
  • An unjust law is no law at all
  • Initiating harm to another without cause (aggression) is unjust
  • Limits of democratic rule
  • Right to private property.

Begin watching at the 30 minutes mark:


Freedom Feens – Obeying the State? Not so fast!

unjust-lawFreedom Feens is a daily, liberty-related radio show with Michael W. Dean and a rotating cast of co-hosts.

I recently co-hosted the Feens broadcast with Diana Keiler and Ben Stone (the Bad Quaker). The 2-hour show is broadcast live at LRN.FM weeknights at Midnight Central time and at noon on weekends. A list of stations carrying the Freedom Feens is available here

Show notes for 05/03/2015:  Libertarianism and the non-aggression principle The State: Doing evil that good may result Romans 13: Obey the government? How St Paul dishonored and mocked the Emperor Nero — Paying taxes: Render to Caesar — “Slaves, Obey your masters” — Natural disasters: Private aid trumps government assistance — Lawyer advertising

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Free is Beautiful AudioBook – Chapter One: What is Libertarianism?

folderThe Free is Beautiful audiobook is now here. At least partly here. Every few days there will be a new chapter.

Meanwhile, Chapter One.  Feel free to share. It’s free.

Chapter One of Free is Beautiful explains the moral basis of libertarianism, what it is, and why it should matter to every Catholic, indeed every Christian.

Chapter One: What is libertarianism?

The non-aggression principle | The Golden Rule | Doing evil that good may result | A libertarian view of politics | A libertarian society |