Fratelli Tutti 108: The False Freedom Of Libertarianism

More on the tension between individual freedoms aka libertarianism and how it never seems to work for freedom for many people on the outside looking in:

108. Some societies accept this principle in part. They agree that opportunities should be available to everyone, but then go on to say that everything depends on the individual. From this skewed perspective, it would be pointless “to favor an investment in efforts to help the slow, the weak or the less talented to find opportunities in life”.[Evangelii Gaudium 209] Investments in assistance to the vulnerable could prove unprofitable; they might make things less efficient. No. What we need in fact are states and civil institutions that are present and active, that look beyond the free and efficient working of certain economic, political or ideological systems, and are primarily concerned with individuals and the common good.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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