RE: After the Disaster: Back to the Family and Localism
What does family economics look like? I am convinced that the closest thing is free market capitalism. And the biggest risk is stronger centralized government. Capitalism doesn't fuel exagerated consumerism. The federal monetary policy has magnified the greed of the profit motive beyond recognition. The latest step, bailing out only those who are "too big to fail" crushes small initiatives and healthy competition. Even speculation, with regulation, but without federal disruption and manipulation would naturally facilitate the free market and a better standard of living for all, a reduction of poverty, hunger, illiteracy... I am not a Libertarian. I am a Catholic. However, I am convinced from my study and reading, for example The Revolution, by Ron Paul, that the Libertarian party is the closest thing to Catholic politics in America. And free market capitalism is the closest to Catholic economics. I strongly agree with CHASSUP, here, above, that, "The hell of Pottersville wasn’t the result of capitalism... The moral of the story isn’t that one man’s liberal social engineering makes for decent society, it is that one man’s Christian virtue can make all the difference." The protagonist is the person, with his conscience and the infinite needs and desires of his heart. The person is never an isolated individual, even if he violently believes himself to be a true anarchist. Even his anarchy is inherited from and lived within a society of like minded persons. And Jesus Christ places all of his unhedged bets on the person, from Mary to the Pope to you and I. Sin and conversion always apply to the person, mediated by and realized in community. See also "The Victory of Reason: How Christianity Led to Freedom, Capitalism, and Western Success by Rodney Stark". See an interview with him, "Rodney Stark Faith, Reason and Legend", in the January 2009 issue of Traces at http://www.traces-cl.com/home.html.