This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

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Geared toward the family and intermediate associations

It is worth noting once more that CST rarely addresses men as individuals. Even when protecting his autonomy, the Church speaks in such a way that his social nature is affirmed rather than denied. Thus, the principle of subsidiarity itself is geared, not toward individuals, but toward associations, so that these small communities—the first and foremost being the family—can act responsibly without being “subsumed” by larger bodies.[1] The overarching idea is not that man ought to be more atomized, which is the tendency of individualism, but that he ought to be free to associate effectively and in a personal, responsible fashion with his peers:

“Subsidiarity is first and foremost a form of assistance to the human person via the autonomy of intermediate bodies. Such assistance is offered when individuals or groups are unable to accomplish something on their own, and it is always designed to achieve their emancipation, because it fosters freedom and participation through assumption of responsibility. Subsidiarity respects personal dignity by recognizing in the person a subject who is always capable of giving something to others. By considering reciprocity as the heart of what it is to be a human being, subsidiarity is the most effective antidote against any form of all-encompassing welfare state.”[2]

[1] RN, 35.

[2] CV, 57.

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