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Free is Beautiful: Why Catholics Should be Libertarian Paperback – April 20, 2012
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Beginning with the basis of Libertarianism, the non-aggression principal, Mr. England illustrates by argument and Catholic apology Libertarianism's congruence with Catholicism. Freedom, God's second great gift after life itself, is the core of both Traditional Catholicism and Libertarianism.
Mr. England's treatise explores the details of political Libertarianism and Catholic teachings in the contexts of dogma, property, the Right to Life and the criminal law in it's first part (five chapters). Citing Aquinas, St. Paul, Augustine, C.S. Lewis and even Bilbo Baggins (among others); and drawing from sources from the Old Testament to the New Catechism, Mr. England lays the basis for the inevitability of religious Catholics final embrace of the freedom of Libertarianism. While already a Libertarian, it was a comfort to be provided with the facts to support what I understood implicitly - that freely chosen religious belief spoils one for enforced constraint in areas outside the spiritual.
Part II of Mr. England's book is more practical and addresses the everyday issues of today's regulatory State. Those familiar with F. A. Hayek's The Road to Serfdom understand the themes of economic control and the totalitarianism of collectivism as Mr. England discusses them. Free is Beautiful modernizes these themes for the 21st Century with its references to Homeland security, counterproductive licensing and economic strangulation by Byzantine regulatory schemes.Read more ›
Eventually, liberals have to accept that the welfare state is ineffective and immoral, no matter how good your intentions are. Conservatives have to accept that laws that try and enforce morality are inherently immoral as well. This book explains exactly why, and more. A must read for any politically involved Catholic.
Randy England challenges those of all faiths who have a genuine care for those in need to abandon the modern administrative state. He makes a clear and thoughtful defense of pure libertarianism, which I believe will convince both liberals and conservatives to shift their views at least in part toward freedom.
I was particularly impressed by the way the author addressed the question of abortion in libertarian theory. Here, perhaps more so than in any other section of the book, he was able to explore the vital, sometimes complex, and frequently divisive and emotional issue of abortion in a straightforward, logical, and compelling manner—all while simultaneously respecting both the pristine doctrine of the libertarian non-aggression axiom and upholding the teachings of the Catholic Church. More specifically, Randy England presented the key points of an important 1978 article authored by Father Sadowsky, a libertarian professor emeritus of philosophy at Fordham University. The article was published in the journal Libertarian Forum, and until I read this book, it had escaped my notice. I had previously considered myself well schooled in this topic, having read extensively the writings of two key libertarian theorists—Professor Murray N. Rothbard and Professor Walter Block. Despite this, I had not been aware of the convincing arguments of Father Sadowsky, and it has justified a long-felt concern of mine.Read more ›
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Excellent book which clearly explains how Catholicism and libertarian thought may coexist. I read it in one day and had a hard time putting it down.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This book addresses questions that a Catholic libertarian might ask himself or herself. Some questions, such as abortion, might require further introspection, but this book goes... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Mark Joseph Suarez
Highly recommended! Libertarian because I'm Catholic. Great refutation of the Rothbard/Block view of abortion and the notion of the unborn baby as "trespasser." Quick read. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Timothy Rozmajzl
I'm re-reading my second copy of Free is Beautiful. I gave the last one to a friend. I will be buying several more copies for friends and family over the next few months. Mr. Read morePublished on July 1, 2014 by Floyd ALsbach
This is the greatest political philosophy book I have ever read. It is based solidly in Church Tradition and political history. Read morePublished on March 20, 2014 by heath maki
Well-written and well argued. Highly recommended even for non-Catholics. The final nail in the coffin of identifying myself as a conservative was reading this book.Published on March 13, 2014 by Kristen Hatten
This book is based in many ways on the same deception the author uses in its description. Randy England states that the Golden Rule is "Don't do unto others what you wouldn't what... Read morePublished on March 3, 2014 by Força Porto!
Of course Catholics should be libertarian. It is easy to say this after reading Mr. England's book. Read morePublished on May 14, 2013 by Mackerel Snapper