Libertarianism vs. Catholicism

Sunday, October 17, 2010 \PM\.\Sun\.

Is Libertarianism compatible with Catholic Social Ethics? Is the State a necessary result of man’s nature? Should Catholics support the Tea Party Movement? Should Catholics support Libertarians for political office, i.e. Rand Paul for Senate or Ron Paul for President?

There are many high-profile Catholic Libertarians, i.e. Judge Andrew Napolitano, Lew Rockwell, Tom Woods, Jeffrey Tucker, etc. I’ve noticed that many of these Catholic Libertarians (i.e. Napolitano & Woods) are Traditional Latin-Mass Catholics. Why is this? What’s the connection with culture of the old mass?

The Tea Party’s Brain

Tea Party Set to Win Enough Races for Wide Influence

Catholics and the Tea Party Movement

Why I Am a Catholic Libertarian

Why Catholics Don’t Understand Economics

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The Federal Reserve

The Next Great Depression

Thomas Woods and His Critics, The Austrian vs. Distributist Debate Among Catholics

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The Truth About China

Tuesday, October 12, 2010 \PM\.\Tue\.

Regardless if they’re Communists or not… China is the place to be. Should we be teaching our kids Chinese?

Must-see video
CNN – Fareed Zakaria sits for a rare and exclusive interview with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao

TIME
The Real Challenge from China: Its People, Not Its Currency by Fareed Zakaria

Q&A WITH WEN JIABAO – ‘The Wish and Will of the People Are Not Stoppable’

Related books on interest

A Bull in China: Investing Profitably in the World’s Greatest Market

The Post-American World

Hot, Flat, and Crowded 2.0: Why We Need a Green Revolution–and How It Can Renew America


The Federal Reserve

Monday, October 11, 2010 \AM\.\Mon\.

If you’re interested in learning how to drive a stake into the heart of the welfare and warfare state then read this post…

As my original post and follow-up post explained, until a year ago I didn’t have hardly any real understanding of the monetary (and banking) system. You might find it helpful to listen to the this talk given by G. Edward Griffin. It caused a paradigm shift to occur with how I understood these matters and how I now invest. It may be one of the most important hours you ever spend studying a secular topic. You can listen to it straight off Google videos. Make the time to listen to it.

After listening to his talk watch the following helpful video on the Federal Reserve. For some unknown reason the video doesn’t automatically begin so give it a tiny nudge forward and it will begin playing.

Read the following books on the topic.

The Creature from Jekyll Island: A Second Look at the Federal Reserve

End The Fed

The Case Against the Fed

Educate yourself. After all it’s October. It’s ok to be shocked and scared straight!


The Next Great Depression

Thursday, October 7, 2010 \PM\.\Thu\.

I was provoked by Tito’s recent post with a great cartoon on the economy. Like him I am greatly concerned about where the U.S. Dollar, our economy and country are headed. This post is related to an earlier post that Christopher Blosser and I co-posted on the Austrian School of Economics. Let me state from the beginning that I am neither an economist nor a certified financial planner. My opinions are worth the value of the cyber ink you are now viewing. It seems clear to me though that our economy is heading into a double-dip recession and possible depression, which is actually calling it what it is. I don’t see how the current policies and actions of the Treasury Department and Federal Reserve are helping the common man. The rate of interest for savings is so minimal now and for the foreseeable future that it can be compared to the sand under the ocean, not the raft-boat on top of the waves. Therefore what can we do to not lose and potentially grow our savings?

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The Ground Zero Mosque And Religious Freedom, Part Four

Tuesday, October 5, 2010 \PM\.\Tue\.

I would like to continue our conversation regarding The Ground Zero Mosque, Religious Freedom, and Interfaith Dialog with Islam. Earlier posts on this topic can be found here (Part One, Part Two, & Part Three).

Johan Bonny has written what I consider to be a very helpful article entitled “Christian Witness and Ecumenism in a Society with a Muslim Majority“. (HT Stephen Hand ~ Time Out of Joint)  I especially appreciate how he deals with the issue of violence and how he refers folks to the life of Brother Charles de Foucauld.  I encourage everyone to read the entire article, but here are some highlights for your reference.

Christian and ecumenical witness is first of all related to the heart of the Gospel, to the example and the commandment of Jesus Christ. How can Christians live and profess together the essence of Christian faith: this is the key question in any ecumenical reflection. This question, however, leads to a deeper one: what is then the essence, the very heart of Christian faith? What is the specific genius of Christianity among the three monotheistic religions, that has Abraham as their common father in faith: Judaism, Christianity and Islam?

…The dialogue between Christianity and Islam will certainly become a major challenge of the new millennium. No dialogue, however, has a chance, unless it is based on friendship and mutual trust. How can personal trust and friendship be improved, where Christians and Muslims are living together, day after day?


The Ground Zero Mosque and Religious Freedom, Part Three

Sunday, September 26, 2010 \PM\.\Sun\.

In my previous posts on this topic (Part One and Part Two) and the comments contained therein, one of the things which I feel is missing in this discussion is a dialog about the humanity of Muslims. Are Muslims human? Do Muslims have a religious sense? Do Muslims desire for truth, beauty and goodness? In stead of writing about this, I am going to show you. Watch this entire 60 Minutes program and judge it. It is simply amazing. Let us dialog about it in the comments.

The People Behind The Mosque


Our Time For Action

Friday, September 24, 2010 \AM\.\Fri\.

Deacon Keith Fournier, a great American and a good friend, is leading an important conversation along with others that I would highly encourage folks to follow.  Judge these articles and share your thoughts in the comments.

Will House Republican Agenda Defend Life and Marriage? Time for Catholic Action

Will ‘Social’ Issues Disappear from the Republican Agenda?

Santorum’s Speech: Capturing the Kennedy Mystique, Correcting the Kennedy Mistake

U.S. Political Season Begins: ‘Morally Coherent’ Catholics Can Change this Nation