The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien (1892–1973) was published at a time when the threat and talk of nuclear annihilation had first spread over the world. Many speculated that Tolkien’s “ring of power” was a metaphor for the atomic bomb, but Tolkien rejected that interpretation of his work: “Of course my story is
The Church has always supported the acquisition and possession of private property as both a human right and as a necessity for human flourishing. Pope Leo XIII in Rerum Novarum (1891) upheld the right to acquire and hold private property: “Now, when man thus turns the activity of his mind and the strength of his
The Catechism of the Catholic Church calls a just wage “the legitimate fruit of work.” It sets out factors by which the fairness of a wage may be assessed. In determining a fair wage, the Church holds that the needs and the contributions of both employer and employee must be taken into account. The Catechism
We have all heard (or made) the complaint about political leaders: “They are all crooks.” Sure, many are motivated by self-interest, using their offices to enjoy power, fame and money; parasites who deserve no better than a prison cell. That such persons would seek public office is not surprising, for we understand corruption. In fairness,
Christian libertarianism is not so much about being left alone–not so much “Don’t tread on me”– as it is about respect for others.
Free is Beautiful: Why Catholics should be libertarian, by Randy England, is now available in an expanded and updated second edition. Get your copy at Amazon.com (click here). From the back cover: Here’s a book I wish I’d written! Sometimes, Catholics will ask me, “How can you be Catholic if you’re a Libertarian?” Now that we