Libertarianism (PopeWatch)

PopeWatch: Libertarianism


PopeWatch views libertarianism as the perfect political philosophy for 15 year old nerds, but when Pope Francis engages in yet another diatribe against libertarianism, it almost makes PopeWatch want to turn libertarian:

Finally, I cannot but speak of the serious risks associated with the invasion, at high levels of culture and education in both universities and in schools, of positions of libertarian individualism. A common feature of this fallacious paradigm is that it minimizes the common good, that is, “living well”, a “good life” in the community framework, and exalts the selfish ideal that deceptively proposes a “beautiful life”. If individualism affirms that it is only the individual who gives value to things and interpersonal relationships, and so it is only the individual who decides what is good and what is bad, then libertarianism, today in fashion, preaches that to establish freedom and individual responsibility, it is necessary to resort to the idea of “self-causation”. Thus libertarian individualism denies the validity of the common good because on the one hand it supposes that the very idea of “common” implies the constriction of at least some individuals, and the other that the notion of “good” deprives freedom of its essence.

The radicalization of individualism in libertarian and therefore anti-social terms leads to the conclusion that everyone has the “right” to expand as far as his power allows, even at the expense of the exclusion and marginalization of the most vulnerable majority. Bonds would have to be cut inasmuch as they would limit freedom. By mistakenly matching the concept of “bond” to that of “constraint”, one ends up confusing what may condition freedom – the constraints – with the essence of created freedom, that is, bonds or relations, family and interpersonal, with the excluded and marginalized, with the common good, and finally with God.


Go here to read the rest.  This is a Pope who has no problem with selling out Chinese Catholics to the Chinese Communist government and who has little to say about various squalid Leftist dictatorships around the globe.  Leftist tyrannies are of no concern to this Pope compared to the menace of the hordes of Libertarians descending upon nations to declare upon helpless populations freedom of contract and the limitation of the power of the State.  One of the frightening aspects of this Papacy is how detached from the real world this Pope is, as exemplified last week by his twitter proposal that all weapons be banned.  His ardent distaste for faithful Catholics, who he condemns as Pharisees and Gnostics, is only one facet of what a very strange man now heads the Faith, God help us all.

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One comment on “Libertarianism (PopeWatch)

  1. Um…but what does this excerpt from the pope’s speech have to do with favoring left-wing totalitarian regimes?
    We already know he favors those regimes, but it doesn’t have to be because they crush individual rights. It seems to be because they *apparently* favor secular values, like unity under a strong central authority, universal healthcare, and other merely material goods, which this secularist pope also favors.
    At any rate, what he says in this excerpt is actually *very* true.
    The supremacy of the common good over the individual good has been held by all right-thinking and noble societies since time immemorial. It is a commonplace that a man should be willing to die for his country. This would be impossible if the individual good trumped the common good.
    Further, Francis’ assertions are (for once!) totally in line with the social teaching of pre-Vat II popes. For starters, see Leo XIII, Immortale Dei, #5, 24, 44; Pope Pius XI, Divini Illius Magistri, December 31, 1929, #12; Pius XI, Quadragesimo Anno, #s 25, 45, 49, 58, 74, 84, 85, 109, 110.
    Let’s not criticize where no criticism is due, but be glad that this pope is not totally and completely evil — although very close to it :o)

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