Opus Publicum is the personal web-log of Gabriel S. Sanchez, a writer and attorney living in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The views expressed herein belong to him alone and do not necessarily reflect of the official or unofficial position of any organization, institution, or publication to which the author contributes.



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  2. thewhitelilyblog
    November 27, 2014

    Hello. I wanted to comment on your piece regarding the relationship between religious liberty and economic liberty, but I could not find a place on the post–I am WordPress too and it crossed my mind that your page was not loading right due to interference from my software, because your page ‘recognized’ me and gave me access to my dashboard from your page. I hope I said that right. But perhaps you don’t allow comments on your posts, and the page was loading right. Anyway, I won’t put a comment on that piece on this page! But I want to say, relative to this post, that I just finished a sci fi novel in which a group of Catholics on Earth’s first space colony witness the final stage in liberalism’s denouement, the formation of a syncretic ‘faith’ to match the one world government. They simultaneously come into possession of the location of an asteroid capable of sheltering them in a new society of their planning and execution and a ship capable of carrying them there. There’s a good flight scene, right out of Exodus. Muslims flee with them, but not under a promise of religious liberty, under religious tolerance, with the Catholic Church having the society’s central role. I have several writings on religious liberty on my blog, if you care to visit, and I cannot resist saying something short on the topic of religious and economic liberty. Both are empty terms. Neither can deliver on their promise. Heaven knows the day after the protestant rebellion succeeded in England, and economic liberty was unleashed, their very first law was to limit it! Because the possibility of monopolies exists from day one, anyone can see that line scrolling into the future. It has always been a sham and defies a firm philosophical definition and discussion because. The same of religious liberty. For one thing, it is as impossible as operating system liberty. You just cannot have conflicting data sets. The Vatican touts it, though, since Vatican II, that’s the big fight between SSPX and the Council and modernist Rome. The Vatican touts it now, except when it is uncomfortable to do so, as in the case of Islam. Liberty for modernists who make no demands on the state as Rome does now, death to those of other faiths who will not bow down to secularism (i.e. US/Europe/Asia domination by their rich). Read the press release from the Synod on the Middle East to see it. Islam has to accept modernization or get demoted from Church to church. Rome’s preferred role now is the curator of a museum, showcasing poetic terms like ‘tenderness’ and taking a generous stipend. Fight for anything? Child, please.

    Might I recommend the short work of Belloc, The Servile State. It teaches some economics!

    Anyhoo I like your blog. Happy Thanksgiving!

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