This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

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Solidarity and subsidiarity

Solidarity and subsidiarity go to form a pair of principles which, much like right and duty, should not be considered as separate or opposed, but rather as two sides of a coin which go to create a complementary harmony. Because of their correspondence, we have grouped them under the same heading. In fact, just as right destroys itself if divorced from the concept of duty, so subsidiarity and solidarity are guaranteed to destroy themselves if taken in isolation. That is why, as a general rule of thumb, we ought to be wary of any politician or reformer who claims to be a firm believer in one of these principles if he seems to neglect the other. He who does not grasp the interdependence of the pair will inevitably upset the balance of justice:

The principle of subsidiarity must remain closely linked to the principle of solidarity and vice versa, since the former without the latter gives way to social privatism, while the latter without the former gives way to paternalist social assistance that is demeaning to those in need.”[1]

Having stressed their relation, we can proceed to discuss the unique truth represented by each.

[1] CV, 58.

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