Refuting the Summa of the Libertarian Catholic – Part III.c –

The Summa of the Libertarian Catholic, article III, makes three arguments in their attempt to unite libertarianism to the Catholic faith. They attempt a general philosophical argument, an appeal to papal authority, and also appeal to the writing of Saint Thomas Aquinas to support their position. Previous articles have already addressed the mistakes of the … Continue reading Refuting the Summa of the Libertarian Catholic – Part III.c –

Peter A. Redpath on Metaphysics, Science, & Wisdom

"4. Why recovering a proper understanding of metaphysics is essential to restoring a proper understanding of philosophy, science, and their essential relation to wisdom. In my opinion, the disembodied reason of Descartes, the depersonalized, collectivist reason promoted by Rousseau, and the anti-contemplative reductionism of modern and contemporary physical ‘science’ falsely-so-called are foundational elements of the … Continue reading Peter A. Redpath on Metaphysics, Science, & Wisdom

The Modern Liberal Dialectic

Mainstream political philosophy, commentary, and policy debate exist on a predetermined arc of the liberal dialectic. Within this fixed categorization of liberalism exists a range of allowable opinion. For example, the modern concept of individual autonomy is accepted no matter the chosen political label. Progressives, conservatives, and libertarians all accept the principle of individual autonomy. … Continue reading The Modern Liberal Dialectic

Pagan Rome & Neo-Pagan America

The opening paragraphs of Diane Moczar’s book, The Church Ascending, say this, “What do you think the following passage describes? 'Once upon a time, there was a country. After a revolution in which it overthrew the rule of a foreign king, it became a small republic. Its religion was simple, emphasizing republican virtues such as … Continue reading Pagan Rome & Neo-Pagan America

Libertarian Gnosticism

Pope Francis recently made some critical remarks about libertarianism. And following these remarks, libertarians responded with their usual bluster. The immediate and reactionary response is to always claim that whatever has just been said or written about libertarianism is a straw man. It never fails. Every single time a view that is critical of libertarian … Continue reading Libertarian Gnosticism

A Critique of Misesian Economic Methodology: Part I – Introduction

Introduction The Austrian School of Economics (ASE) is growing more influential among those interested in economics and political philosophy.[1] It offers an alternative philosophical and methodological way of thinking about economics and economic problems.[2] The distinctive features of the ASE methodology are radical subjectivism, methodological dualism, and deductive apriorism. These distinctives are associated with Ludwig … Continue reading A Critique of Misesian Economic Methodology: Part I – Introduction

Liberal Democracy as a Comprehensive Doctrine

“Similarly, in a liberal democracy everyone knows – and only a fool or a fanatic can deny – that schools have to become more and more liberal and democratic for the same reasons. Again, this inevitable process requires that the state, the law, and public opinion harshly counteract against all stragglers – those who are … Continue reading Liberal Democracy as a Comprehensive Doctrine

The Authoritarian Divide

In my previous post I briefly introduced the narrative being created suggesting an authoritarian vs. libertarian divide in our contemporary political discourse. This storyline may be a persuasive marketing tactic for libertarian journalists or quasi-alternative right personalities looking to bring people into their movement, but it has very little to do with the truth. Ideology … Continue reading The Authoritarian Divide