It’s an astonishing failure of political imagination (or an extraordinary act of historical hubris) to insist that the only moral means for promoting the common good are to be found in the expansion of the massive social assistance programs devised in the middle of the twentieth century, the costs of which have put this country on the road to insolvency.
If more taxes and government spending were in fact better for society, it would be irresponsible to oppose them. If a larger, more active state with an expansive welfare apparatus constituted the social arrangement most conducive to the common good, we would, at least from a Catholic point of view, be morally bound to support it. Yet as a matter of empirical evidence and prudential judgment, not ideological preference, the current system is, to say the least, not entirely convincing.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Miscellaneous Musings, Thursday, May 26, 2011
This is from a good column by Stephan White at The Catholic Thing. To me, the most astonishing thing about the progressive movement is it's inability to learn from experience. It's to sacrifice the good simply for the sake of ideology.