Libertarians prioritize liberty over the good but only virtue truly sets man free.Rather like Modestinus says he thought a few years ago (soft libertarianism), I'd still say that liberty is arguably the best means to promote "the good" (the truth, virtue, flourishing) but point taken. A means, not an end; otherwise you get the selfish monstrosity (as I understand Ayn Rand, whom I hear wrote long boring novels that appeal to teenage narcissism, was like) libertarianism's critics say it is. Extreme individualism (selfishness): endgame of Protestantism by way of the "Enlightenment." Which I thought was the paleoconservative case against libertarianism.
Friday, June 06, 2014
The writer of Ita Scripta Est reads this blog and left a comment here. A thinker rather like Modestinus, trying to defend Catholic social teaching and challenging libertarianism. I don't understand all of the arguments but it makes me think.