Philip Blond, director of ResPublica, made these comments in 2008, but he continues to plow this line (@Philip_Blond), if you’re interested in Distributism. Here is a longer lecture given in 2012 about his position, known as Red Toryism. If that doesn’t draw you in, remember, he’s got the British accent. Is he a socialist? Is he not, therefore, a Bad Guy?
Along similar lines, John Horvat II reminds us of the following fundamental axiom in classical political doctrine:
Since the State deals with the common good of all its members, Aristotle and Catholic authors from Saint Augustine onward have long regarded the State as the highest and most important earthly form of social union. … Since men can only reach their moral perfection in organic connection with a community, it is man’s legal and moral duty to belong to the community governed by the organic State. It is to this idea of State that we should return.
I’m very intrigued about reading Horvat’s book, Return To Order, but it’s still in the bullpen behind several other titles I’m reading.
Also on the political economy front, but along a different vector, last night I listened to the podcast in which Tom Woods responded to some of “the economic passages” in Evangelii Gaudium. I know that many Catholics consider Tom Woods a Bad Guy, but I think he respectfully makes several good points in this podcast, as well as clarifying some misconceptions about his own position. It’s worth a listen.
Now, just to show that I am aware of why Woods is viewed as a Bad Guy, you should read Rupert J. Ederer’s “exposé” (as he calls it) of Woods’s 2005 monograph on free market theory and Catholic social teaching. The trouble is, by linking to Ederer’s review, I am endorsing the periodical in which it was published, Culture Wars, which is edited by an even bigger Bad Guy, E. Michael Jones!
Here I am surrounded by all these extremely intelligent Bad Guys. What’s a son of the Church to do? 😉