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.