This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

NOTICE:
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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Private charity vs. government action

Leo’s distinction between ownership and use comes to our aid in many contemporary debates. For example, much is made today of the role of “private charity” when it comes to succoring the poor and needy. Some go so far as to say that, if we would only cut government programs and leave the taxes which support them to be used at the discretion of the taxpayer, then the problem of poverty would be alleviated more efficiently. Let us, then, put forward the Catholic understanding, first of charity itself, and then of the State’s role in the task of relieving poverty.

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