License Is Fatal to Freedom

License Is Fatal to Freedom

There is a big difference between license and freedom, although many people use these words interchangeably and have only a hazy idea of what they mean by either one. Freedom empowers an individual to do the right things. License is doing whatever one wants to do, with no regard for right…

Reverse Engineered Morality

Reverse Engineered Morality

G.K. Chesterton and the Book of Job G.K. Chesterton’s introduction to The Book of Job, worthy itself of an introduction, contains several profound ideas inspired by this profoundest of Old Testament books. Here is one that got me thinking: “If prosperity is regarded as the reward of virtue it will…

Centralization and Subsidiarity

Centralization and Subsidiarity

Those not well acquainted with the Catholic Church may be surprised to learn this supremely hierarchical organization has as one of its most important structural principles the concept of subsidiarity. Here are a few passages from the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) that explain it. 1883 Socialization also presents dangers.…