Catholic Political Thought & John Locke: Part I

Friday, October 22, 2010 \PM\.\Fri\.

by Joe Hargrave

It is becoming fashionable in the now and unfortunately familiar leftist-traditionalist alliance to gang up on the political ideas of John Locke as the source and origin of all that is anti-Catholic in Anglo-American politics. Articles in the Distributist Review, books by certain prolific authors, and blog posts appearing on certain sites, all have produced the equivalent of a picture of Locke with devil horns and perhaps a long, thin moustache to twirl while he’s tying hapless girls to the railroad tracks. There’s certainly no denying that Locke was himself opposed to what he thought Catholicism was. But sometimes, even the enemies of the Church are sharing her premises in spite of themselves.

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Positive Law Must Guarantee Fundamental Human Needs Are Met

Friday, October 22, 2010 \PM\.\Fri\.

 I think that I am caught between a rock and a hard place in trying to find somewhere to rest my weary head in the combative American political landscape.  There are those who believe that Government is pretty much inherently incompetent in dealing with economic interventions of any sort.  There are those who see multinational corporations as ruling the world and hiding behind “free market” rhetoric, and politicians serving their interests primarily over and above the interests of the common good. There are those who see Trade Unions as parasitic entities siphoning money away from innovation and investment in more work and workers in the future. Others see Environmental groups as part of the Leftist Movement away from Christian theology and ethics. Still others see the Church as just another large Institution, trying to impose a brand of morality on all people- or speaking out on areas it has no business advising- like business-, while not doing very well at cleaning up their own messes. Read the rest of this entry »

Pro Bono Publico

Friday, October 22, 2010 \AM\.\Fri\.

Hattip to Instapundit.  To all would be attorneys who read TAC, I have warned you about the law as a profession on several occasions, here, here, and here.  You have been adequately warned!   For those of you who ignore my advice and are jobless on graduation, you can always sue your law school.   (Of course my first born is planning on following me in the law, so my warnings must be inadequate!)  Now this post will have to be brief, because I have 10 calls to return, three bankruptcies to prepare, 2 trials to get ready for, and all the other charming events that the day will bring me in the law mines!