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An Upward Calling: Politics for the Common Good Paperback – May 30, 2011
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But Stafford's major influences are older: the social teaching of the Catholic Church; the distributism of GK Chesterton and Hilaire Belloc. Most American political commentary has, at its core, a deep and damaging individualism that comes to us out of the worst of John Locke. Stafford is convinced that, on the contrary, it is natural for human beings to live together, and that the primary way for them to negotiate their dealings with each other doesn't come either from the model of the market or of the coercive state, but from an almost familial love, a civic philia.
Quite extraordinary stuff, really.
It is curious he does not address health care in this book. The book was written during the height of the fight over "Obamacare" -- yet Stafford does not address the issue at all. I think it's because he knows conservatives have absolutely no answer to the health care problem in America. He knows that "socialized" medicine in the rest of the civilized world has delivered better results at a far lower cost than the mostly private system we have in the U.S.
Anyway, please Michael -- for the sake of your own sanity -- just switch parties.