Everyone has 24 hours in a day, seven days in a week. But does that tell you anything about how busy you are? In this segment, I try to break down how much time you really have. The math is pretty simple: 24/7 minus Primary Obligations = available time. Primary obligations: God, immediate family, job. The analysis just starts there, though. The application is tricky.
Does modern libertarianism conflict with the Catechism? The Catechism contains statements that appear to, but the statements are very broad principles that derive from the Middle Ages (or earlier: antiquity), such as the principle that government acts for the common good. Well, of course, but that’s devilishly hard to apply in this era of the mass State, a monstrosity that I doubt Thomas Aquinas could’ve even imagined.
Why did the centralized state rise? Well, lots of reasons, but here, I point out two big ones: better and more expensive military technology and the French Revolution’s transformation of the entire nation into an apparatus of government, forcing other nations to follow suit.
A’Kempis and a Mild Critique of Libertarianism. Is libertarianism too simplistic? I think it is occasionally. I give an example here, taken from The Imitation of Christ.
St. Symeon the New Theologian cuts across all Christian lines: Protestant (big with the early Methodists), Eastern Orthodox (he’s a saint on their calendar), and Roman Catholic, many of whom adore his writings that they find in The Philokalia.
Humorous drunks on the screen were a staple for years, but then alcoholism became a disease and wasn’t funny any more.