Forced Redistribution ≠ Charitable Giving
February 13, 2012
Catholic and Hillsdale history professor Paul Rahe offers a very interesting discussion of how the American Progressive movement co-opted the American Catholic Church. Excerpt:
In the process, the leaders of the American Catholic Church fell prey to a conceit that had long before ensnared a great many mainstream Protestants in the United States — the notion that public provision is somehow akin to charity — and so they fostered state paternalism and undermined what they professed to teach: that charity is an individual responsibility and that it is appropriate that the laity join together under the leadership of the Church to alleviate the suffering of the poor. In its place, they helped establish the Machiavellian principle that underpins modern liberalism — the notion that it is our Christian duty to confiscate other people’s money and redistribute it.
Hat tip to Rush Limbaugh.