St. Blog’s 2d Parish

February 21, 2004 | 2 comments

Here’s some of the Catholicity I enjoyed this week:

Michael Novak lays out the moral case for capitalism. (Link via Christus Victor, which has a retort.) He tries to root enterprise and ownership in each person’s status as an “Imago Dei, an image of God, born to be creative and inventive.”

See Mirror of Justice for two attempts to apply this kind of reasoning to specific corporate law questions. Mirror of Justice also links to a TechCentral article on the Pope and Capitalism, and provides extensive discussion.

I sympathize with Novak’s arguments–even make them myself sometimes if a recent exposure to a libertarian hasn’t driven me to contrarianism–but I always wonder how much these arguments describe an ideal system different from ours. Can’t one also get wealthy through coercion, crime, and grabbityness?

If you have thoughts on the matter, don’t bother. It’s all been said here, one way or another.

Two of the folks over at Christus Victor got on to our little discussion about Randy Barnett and morality in the law. This poster demolishes Barnett’s argument, and this poster revives it a little, but only by effectively sneaking a supermajority requirement into the Constitution. Both posts are fairly thoughtful, but more thoughtful yet is the discussion perpetrated by Professors Rob Vischer and Rick Garnett.

A classmate has started a Catholic, political blog, called Common Good. May her tribe increase, and I’m surprised that name was still available.

Eve Tushnet has this week’s best phrase, Beauty as an arrow toward meaning; things in the world as words spoken by God, and a long post on the dangers of treating homosexual acts as a unique sin.


2 Responses to St. Blog’s 2d Parish

  1. Kaimi on February 21, 2004 at 4:20 pm

    I always enjoy reading Eve’s blog.

    By the way, do you know she’s the daughter of con law scholar extraordinaire Mark Tushnet?

  2. Dave on February 21, 2004 at 4:22 pm


    I see things your way. It seems like Novak was arguing (broadly) that political liberty and economic liberty are interdependent and are both desirable. What’s objectionable about that? It’s not clear what the Christus Victor poster has against political and economic liberty–the thrust of the scriptural quotes seems to argue for the moral superiority of poverty rather than against liberty. Tough sell.


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