Thursday, January 26, 2012

An American Roepkean Moment?

Rightly noting that "the Republican and Democratic parties are two dead ends in the same blind alley, ... so odious are their respective defections from basic Christian morality and the authentic teaching of the Church," Vox Nova's Mark Gordon looks to Europe — An American Christian-Democratic Movement?

European Christian democracy gave us the great Wilhelm Röpke, or rather vice versa, who "concluded that free markets' vaunted efficiency and affluence can exact social and spiritual forfeits, ... envisioned a positive and more extensive role for the state, as rule-maker, enforcer of competition, and provider of basic social security," but "remained a political decentralist." His magnum opus, A Humane Economy: The Social Framework of the Free Market, should really be read by all.

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Blogger Jonathan Wolfe said...

European "Christian" Democracy rolled over for gay marriage, abortion, unsustainable welfare and the abominable Euro, so I don't see how they're not another dead end in another blind alley.

January 28, 2012 at 11:03 PM  

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