This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

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Capitalism and socialism as two ideologies to be avoided

The following passage from Economic Justice for All embodies the attitude of CST toward the extremes of ideology:

“Some people argue that an unfettered free-market economy, where owners, workers, and consumers pursue their enlightened self-interest, provides the greatest possible liberty, material welfare, and equity. The policy implication of this view is to intervene in the economy as little as possible because it is such a delicate mechanism that any attempt to improve it is likely to have the opposite effect. Others argue that the capitalist system is inherently inequitable and therefore contradictory to the demands of Christian morality, for it is based on acquisitiveness, competition, and self-centered individualism. They assert that capitalism is fatally flawed and must be replaced by a radically different system that abolishes private property, the profit motive, and the free market. Catholic social teaching has traditionally rejected these ideological extremes because they are likely to produce results contrary to human dignity and economic justice.”[1]

CST is the guardian of the “invariable middle”—the “narrow way”—which is to say CST promotes the universal principles of truth and justice and is in this sense immune to the tunnel vision of ideology, which always emphasizes one truth to the expense of all others.

[1] Economic Justice for All, 128-129.

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