This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

This Dark Age is now available in paperback on Amazon. The print version is MUCH cleaner than this online version, which is largely unedited and has fallen by the wayside as the project has grown. If you’ve appreciated my writing, please consider leaving a review on the relevant paperback volumes. The print edition also includes new sections (Military History, War Psychology, Dogmatic Theology).

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Both the individual and the State have roles to play

First and foremost we need to put behind us the most typical objection to public action on the part of the poor, which says that the public authority ought to leave such things to “private charity,” on the assumption that the State has no legitimate interest in the problem—a patently absurd notion, to be sure, but common nonetheless. To this the United States bishops have answered rightly that:

“The responsibility for alleviating the plight of the poor falls upon all members of society. As individuals, all citizens have a duty to assist the poor through acts of charity and personal commitment. But private charity and voluntary action are not sufficient. We also carry out our moral responsibility to assist and empower the poor by working collectively through government to establish just and effective public policies.”[1]

[1] Economic Justice for All, 189.

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