There seems to be no shortage of evidence that our politics have become increasingly tribalistic. Every day we are offered a fresh batch of reasons why liberalism has failed. And while a plethora of commentators are eager to provide analysis explaining what’s wrong with our society, and there are certainly plenty of politicians pledging to solve our problems, none of these luminaries have actually made good on their promises.
The tribalism of our politics is distressing.
The ancients believed that politics was a noble enterprise that (at least in principle) was further ennobling of man because it was, in the last analysis, about the common good, and the common good unites people. We hardly even talk about the common good anymore outside of academia. Under the liberal regime everything has become privatized – “good” reduced to “gain” in a zero-sum game that pits us against each other rather than uniting us as a people. Even the two mainline political parties share this commitment to private good and, in broad strokes, spend their time arguing over the best means of achieving the end of private goods for our atomized citizenry.
With the midterm elections in full swing, we’re once again hearing the slogan (from both the Left and the Right): Vote your conscience. But what does this really mean? And how and why should we follow this advice?
America seems to be a nation at war with itself. This really isn’t news, but the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, and the debates leading up to his confirmation, seem to indicate that our politics are more partisan than ever.
What’s the deepest foundation of Catholic ethics?
This blog is primarily concerned with Catholic Social Teaching (CST). CST, rightly understood, falls under the broader category of Catholic ethics or morality. There is a venerable pedigree of moral theology within the Catholic tradition, covering an impressive range of topics – but what is the ultimate and deepest foundation of all the moral teachings of the Catholic Church?