It’s pretty unclear nowadays what’s capitalist, what’s socialist, what’s radical and what’s not. Actually it’s easy at the extremes. Pure capitalism (market does everything) pure socialism (government does everything) — they’re both too radical for most people. Except for some fringe libertarians, most reasonable people are seeking some position in between radical capitalism and radical…… Continue reading Radical, Really?
Is Catholic Economic Doctrine individualist or collectivist? You might think it’s individualist when you read its relentless defence of private property and individual will, which must never be subservient to state priorities. Individuals come first. You might think it’s collectivist when you read that humanity can find fulfillment only in solidarity with God and the…… Continue reading Catholic Economic Doctrine — Individualist or Collectivist?
Christian Economics ventures into territory where economists fear to tread — the ultimate purpose of life. Well no, I’m wrong. Economics does indeed posit a purpose in life. But it’s so breathtakingly superficial that economists usually don’t want to talk about it too directly. But here it is, in all it’s emptiness. The purpose of…… Continue reading Catholic Economic Doctrine — Living Purposefully
Justice is not a simple topic, and its definition is elusive. It’s usually broken down into different types of justice — often without full agreement on the categories and differing definitions within each category. Frequently it’s defined to suit some author’s special interest rather than to identify the essential meaning of justice. But it’s the…… Continue reading Catholic Economic Doctrine — Justice
The Meaning of Poverty Poverty is an economic issue but, first and foremost it’s a spiritual issue. God created the material realm for us to cherish and cultivate, and He declared it good. Yet Christ commissioned his disciples to give up all their material possessions and follow him on a spiritual path. Though ordinary followers…… Continue reading Catholic Economic Doctrine — Poverty
In preparing for a series on Catholic Economic Doctrine. I quickly learned that many of its proponents have jumped on board with a movement called Distributism. So we’d better begin with a close look at that. Then I learned that it’s no small topic. My first glimpse of Distributism came from reading E. F. Schumacher’s book, Small Is Beautiful. The title…… Continue reading Catholic Economic Doctrine — Distributism
Catholic Economic Doctrine — Human Dignity Human dignity is often the first topic raised in presentations of Catholic Social Doctrine. It is said to derive from the very nature — the divine origin — of humankind. A dignity that comes from God is not to be violated — indeed, is to be nourished and cultivated.…… Continue reading Catholic Economic Doctrine — Human Dignity