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  1. Hmm … we don’t have Catholic Action or any other comprehensive, broadly received boots-on-the-ground Catholic economic leadership, so it’s no surprise that factions develop.

    If you try to square Catholicism with Americanist liberal equalitarianism, then you end up socialist.

    If you try to square Catholicism with Americanist liberal individualism, then you end up Austrian.

    Even if one is not Americanist, there are conundrums presented by living as a Catholic minority in a republic. It’s one thing to press Caesar or the Sultan to take care of the poor, in some sense he “owns” the state, but it’s an entirely different matter in an contractually conceived governance, whether we wish it were that way or not. We don’t have a lot precise historical experience for this condition of the faithful.

    1. I think that is all true. And thanks for sharing your thoughts…this gives me an idea or two for what to press ahead with on the economics front. But I do agree completely; there is no simple solution here.

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