Can a Catholic Be a Socialist?

By |2020-06-27T09:28:35-05:00June 27th, 2020|Categories: Books, Catholicism, Christianity, Culture, Economics, Socialism|

Against a rising river of pro-socialist sentiment, mainstream liberals and libertarians have been stacking sandbags on the banks in an attempt to disabuse younger generations of what they see as a potentially disastrous political mistake. The latest sandbag on the bank is Trent Horn and Catherine R. Pakaluk’s “Can a Catholic Be a Socialist?” [...]

The Revival of Socialism

By |2020-03-10T11:08:13-05:00March 10th, 2020|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Communism, Conservatism, Economics, Ideology, Politics, Progressivism, Senior Contributors, Socialism, St. John Paul II|

The evidence is more than clear: Communism, socialism, and progressivism have each made huge comebacks, re-entering political discourse. Even their titles have reacquired respect and a semblance of dignity in many circles of public thought. What happened? The West won the Cold War in 1989, didn’t she? I am fiercely proud of the fact [...]

Should Conservatives Embrace a Form of Socialism?

By |2020-02-25T01:06:01-06:00February 24th, 2020|Categories: Conservatism, Liberalism, Socialism|Tags: |

We conservatives need to begin approaching ideas rather than labels. Where we rightfully oppose Marxism for adopting a soullessly ideological worldview, we should be careful to note that Liberalism, though as dangerous as any other ideology when adopted with fanaticism, is also too close to home for us to dismiss in the same way. [...]

The Original Perversity in the Socialist Heart

By |2020-02-19T00:05:53-06:00February 18th, 2020|Categories: Conservatism, History, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Liberalism, Politics, Socialism|

Socialism’s nuances and ideological subtleties can be latent, unknown, and often unrecognizable. To truly grasp the depth of the socialists’ arguments, we must first look at socialism’s ideological origins—specifically, Jean Rousseau’s invalidation of Original Sin. As socialism ascends in prominence, many of its proponents are open and outspoken with their socialist political positions. These [...]

Was G.K. Chesterton a Socialist?

By |2020-05-28T15:48:52-05:00May 25th, 2019|Categories: Distributism, Economics, G.K. Chesterton, Joseph Pearce, Senior Contributors, Socialism|

G.K. Chesterton’s ideas concerning government intervention in the economy have led some to believe that he may have been a socialist. They argue that the political creed of distributism, which Chesterton advocated, would involve the coercive redistribution of wealth. But are these critics right in their characterization of Chesterton’s ideas? One of the weirdest [...]

Can Only a God Save Us Now?

By |2017-07-24T16:46:33-05:00July 24th, 2017|Categories: Christianity, Culture, Culture War, Democracy, Modernity, Morality, Politics, Socialism, Tyranny, Western Civilization|

Western civilization has been gutted from within. At the core of this moral bankruptcy is a watered-down Christianity that lacks the conviction to defend itself… Today mankind enjoys unprecedented technology, but lacks the wisdom to regard technology as a tool in the service of life, and not an end in itself. The difference between [...]

A Healthcare Solution: Solidarity, Not Socialism

By |2017-09-19T09:32:48-05:00June 17th, 2017|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Featured, Government, Joseph Pearce, Politics, Rights, Senior Contributors, Socialism|

The answer to the healthcare conundrum is not be found in Congress or in the White House, or in any draconian centre of usurped power; it is to be found on our own doorstep, in our own homes and in the homes of our neighbors… Healthcare is a problem, and not apparently a merely [...]

The End of Socialism

By |2016-06-04T22:09:55-05:00June 4th, 2016|Categories: Adam Smith, Bradley J. Birzer, Economics, Free Markets, Socialism, Wilhelm Roepke|

James R. Otteson, the Thomas W. Smith Presidential Chair in Business Ethics at Wake Forest University, possesses one of the greatest minds in defense of classical liberalism in the modern era. He has authored two definitive works on Adam Smith, a clear rebuttal of the ethics of Peter Singer, and now a crucial attack [...]

The Ideologies of Capitalism and Socialism

By |2020-06-10T00:17:22-05:00April 19th, 2015|Categories: Capitalism, Conservatism, Economics, Essential, Featured, RAK, Russell Kirk, Socialism|

What defenders of the permanent things should seek is not a league with some set of old-fangled or new-fangled ideologues, but the politics of prudence, enlivened by imagination. “Capitalism” and “socialism” both are 19th century ideological tags; they delude and ensnare, as do all ideologies. Zealots for “democratic capitalism” seem to have forgotten that [...]

Credo

By |2015-01-19T15:21:59-06:00January 18th, 2015|Categories: Poetry, Socialism, Stephen Masty|

That socialism is, you see, A foolish ideology; While gilded creeds of every miser Leave us, frankly, none the wiser; Thronging after what is new And slick is not the best to do; To feast on gadgets or repasts; Is to ignore the Joy that lasts, And that disposability Kills unborn, but also we; [...]

Does Economic Inequality Matter?

By |2015-01-05T08:28:28-06:00January 5th, 2015|Categories: Bruce Frohnen, Economics, Socialism|

President Obama has spent much of his time and effort “fighting economic inequality” since before his presidency began. Tax policies, spending programs, and rhetoric have combined over the past six years in particular to form a veritable War on Economic Inequality during his administration. This has led many in the Republican Party to snicker [...]

John Stuart Mill: False Prophet of Liberty

By |2014-08-20T16:56:41-05:00August 21st, 2014|Categories: Bruce Frohnen, Government, John Stuart Mill, Liberty, Socialism|

As long as there have been “libertarians,” there has been hero worship of John Stuart Mill. This Nineteenth Century utilitarian author, most famously of On Liberty, has been looked to as a kind of fount of holy writ for individualism. And Mill was an individualist. Unfortunately, he was not a supporter of liberty in [...]