Economics/Class Relations

Classics of Catholic Economics

There needs to be more discussion of economic perspectives beyond the establishment paradigms of supply side, monetarism, Keynesianism, or Marxism.

By Nathan Schneider

The Nation



In this issue, Nathan Schneider writes about Pope Francis’s economics. Here, he recommends five books of Catholic thought that display strikingly similar concerns to those of secular activists today. Each one emphasizes the wisdom of ordinary people. “In church each week,” Schneider says, “I learn Catholic economics from the diversity of classes and colors who meet under the image of an executed radical.”


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  1. Catholicism has made great progress. With its exterritorial practice and tolerance it has become much more tolerable than non-religious territorial statism. Even as an atheist I have have to admit that. It also demonstrated how influential exterritorial institutions and beliefs can become, even for a few hundred million people spread almost all over Earth.

  2. Alas, to my knowledge neither enlightened Catholics nor the priests and preachers of other religions have concluded from the practice of religious liberty or religious tolerance that the same kind of non-territorial autonomy, individual secessionism and tolerant practice of various beliefs, principles, doctrines and programs among volunteers could and should also be applied in political, social and economic communities, societies and governance systems of like-minded volunteers, to solve, as rapidly as possible the remaining problems in these spheres. Wherever religious tolerance or religious liberty was and is practised there are no more religious wars. Tolerance extended into these three other spheres would also lead to peace in these spheres. In many private spheres we do already take tolerance for granted, e.g. in sports, fashions, arts, entertainment, amusement and tourism choices. Naturally, also in the natural sciences and in technology, with the result of rapid progress in these spheres. With the same secessionist and free choices or consumer and enterprise sovereignty in the political, territorial and statist monopoly spheres we could achieve the same degrees of satisfaction, order, peace, justice and freedom there, with each free to do the own things, making the own choices in all the own affairs, according to his or her faith, ideology or philsophy, in xyz diverse governance systems, societies and communities, all only for their volunteers and under the personal law system of their own free choices. Can anyone point out to me any priest or preacher of any religion, who has come to the same conclusion and expressed it in writing or in lectures?

  3. “Can anyone point out to me any priest or preacher of any religion, who has come to the same conclusion and expressed it in writing or in lectures?”

    Well, the Christian anarchist tradition is one of the major traditions within anarchism.

    If anything, we should be reaching out to religious or faith communities who are likely to be increasingly under the attack of the state in the future with our message of free association, decentralism, self-determination for all.

    This is index of “cults” is from some kind of sectarian Christian group with a “Just Us!” perspective, but it’s a good guide to various religious communities.

    Of course, I would apply this principle to oppositional subcultures generally:

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