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
Freedom 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 availablehere
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