On the National Catholic Register, Kathryn Jean Lopez takes a look at the strong finish by Rick Santorum in the Iowa Caucuses. She writes that the candidate’s dead heat finish with Mitt Romney marks “the emergence of a different kind of Catholic candidate in American politics, one who refuses to give up the fight on social justice — substantively and rhetorically — in practice and linguistics.” Lopez interviews Acton Research Director Samuel Gregg, who observes that “where Santorum adds something distinctive to present economic debates is his willingness to envelop them in substantive moral arguments.”

Gregg suggests that the candidate harkens back to Alexis de Tocqueville’s insights about democracy in America. Toqueville, he told Lopez, was “among the first to sound warnings about democracy’s potential for sliding into the soft despotism that results when citizens start voting for those politicians who promise to use the government to give them whatever they want, while politicians deliver — provided the citizens do whatever the government says is necessary to meet everyone’s wishes (such as radically diminish economic freedoms). Welcome to the moral-economic disaster otherwise known as the European Union.”

Read more analysis from Samuel Gregg in “Veteran Pol Santorum Emerges From Iowa With a Timely Message” by Kathryn Jean Lopez on the National Catholic Register.

  • Miller_g

    I’m hoping John, Gregg, or another member of the Acton staff can write a proper rebuttal to the abysmal distortion of the principal of subsidiarity recently posted on “America” the Magazine’s website (link provided): 

    http://www.americamagazine.org/blog/entry.cfm?entry_id=4852

    I’m ashamed to share a last name with the writer of that article…

  • http://www.acton.org/ John Couretas

    Mr. Miller: Thanks for the comment. Here is a link to a radio interview with Acton Research Director Samuel Gregg on the subject of subsidiarity and government. Delivered straight up, with no “abysmal distortion” added!

    http://www.acton.org/media/audio/interview-subsidiarity-government