1. Was it not Thomas Paine who said, “The government is a necessary “evil.” Kind of sums it up for me! Great post and God Bless, SR

    • Here’s the full quote from Thomas Paine’s essay, “Common Sence,” 1776:

      “Society in every state is a blessing, but government even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one…”

      It is hard to imagine a world of rule and order without some sort of governing authority, but as it stands today, I think I have to agree with Thomas Paine.

      Thanks, SR. God bless!

  2. As a person not as religious (nor as hostile to religion) as Thomas Paine, I will chime in and say that these teachings on subsidiarity bear all the hallmarks of Common Sense. I like the notion! Logical, reasonable … and ignored, sadly, by our current government that is incentivized to usurp as much control (and cashflow) as possible, and then yet more.

    ===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle

  3. Loved the whole piece, James, including the vid.
    It’s a logical approach to an issue plagued by demagoguery.

    Social Justice, as it is now commonly represented, is now a synonym for Gov’t intervention. This is a canard, a con; & it seeks to supplant TRUE social justice, which is Community-based.

    A wonderful & timely post, partner. Looking forward to the next chapter of this one.

      • I’ll go read it in a bit over lunch, James.

        Wish I’d read this before I wrote mine this morning. Would have tried to incorporate more of yours….

        Great stuff, partner. It’s applicable to people of ALL faiths, which is NOT always an easy task.

    • Thank you both for your post and comment, especially the part driving home the issue of government intervention vs. community action. A lot of well-meaning people seem to confuse the two, or have so little faith in their neighbor that they believe the neighbor must be compelled by the government to act in the interest of the good of society. (Leading to all those other questions like Whose good? Whose interest? and who’s guiding government?)

      • Thank you, Interface. It’s hard to get people to consider these types of questions when most of what they get is political rhetoric that appeals to their more superficial, immediate interests. All the more reason to educate with Catholic doctrine, even if it is an up hill battle. God bless!

    • By ALL means! Don’t just borrow it, share it around. The more we can do to inform and educate people on Catholic social teaching (and just good common sense governance), the better.

      You are very welcome and many thanks in return. God bless!

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