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Free is Beautiful: Why Catholics Should be Libertarian Paperback – April 20, 2012
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Randy England is a Catholic writer and criminal defense lawyer in central Missouri. He is a former prosecutor and the author of Unicorn in the Sanctuary (Tan Books) and the end times novel, The Last Fisherman: A novel of the last Pope, the anti-christ and the end of the age.
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There is an almost knee-jerk rejection of Libertarianism by Catholics, which I think may stem from some Libertarians wishing to be free of all constraints, even the natural law and orthodox moral guidelines. England's discussion of "Non-aggression" restraint on all relationships informs us of the basis of most Libertarian thought.
While the book is new, and Libertarian theories of government are relatively modern, the issues stem from Samuel's warning to the Hebrews about having a King, through religious history to Jesus, to doctors of the Church.
I find it encouraging that one of marks of Pope Francis I's biography is his participation in personally aiding the poor, because this is the natural and necessary results of Libertarian government in a merciful world.
Much of this book discusses the various functions of government, how well govt. does and how free-will, free enterprise solutions might compete and exceed the performance of government. Consider a world without govt monopolies on education, police, fire, courts, banks, attorneys, etc.
This work centers (as it should) on the Non-Aggression Principle, something we all innately adhere to, and live by in our personal lives already. Only the State claims the monopoly right to "legitimized initiation of the use of violent force." Mr. England's book lays out a reasoned, and well supported (by scripture, tradition, and magisterial teaching) exposition of why and how the state's aggression in all realms of our lives: Economic, Social, etc. is both immoral and impractical. He covers state monopolistic aggression in the market, social welfare, law courts, police service, national defense, etc. and possible Voluntaryist solutions in those areas. Mr. England also deal carefully and thoroughly with the myth that libertarianism and the pro-choice stance and inextricably linked.
The book is a success, and a must read for all Catholics. "Free is Beautiful" just jumped to the top of my list of favorite books, tying "Rediscover Catholicism" by Matthew Kelly.