Joe Carter recently highlighted the discussion at Ethika Politika, the journal of the Center for Morality in Public Life, about the value of (not) voting, particularly the suggestion by Andrew Haines that in some cases there is a moral duty not to vote. This morning I respond with an analysis of the consequences of not voting, ultimately arguing that one must not neglect to count the cost of abstaining to vote for any particular office. One issue, however, that I only touched on was that of voting for a third party candidate, which I would like to explore further here. (more…)
The Church and Capitalism: What Subsidiarity Tells Us
Benjamin Wiker, National Catholic Register
Does capitalism mean championing the belief that the sole aim of government is the protection of private property, and that each person has an absolute right to do whatever he wants with his own property? The Church says No to both.
Q&A: Jay Richards on Economic Myths, the Morality of Budgets, and More
Values & Capitalism
Jay Richards recently answered questions for Values & Capitalism related to economic myths, the morality of budgets, matching good principles with good policy, and more.
The Vatican and the Rule of Law
Robert John Araujo, SJ, Mirror of Justice
On this past Monday, Archbishop Dominque Mamberti, the Secretary for Relations with States of the Roman Curia (essentially the Vatican’s foreign minister), made an important statement at the first-ever high-level meeting on the rule of law at the national and international levels at the the General Assembly of the United Nations.
The Shady Ethics of ‘The Obama Phone’
Timothy Dalrymple, Philosophical Fragments
The government forces phone providers to pay a fee in support of the Lifeline program, and phone service providers in turn force their American customers – taxpayers – to pay a fee. It’s not unreasonable to call this a tax, even if it’s a tax that’s trying to avoid being called a tax.