“Replacing Self-Ownership with Self-Stewardship”

June 20, 2009 at 7:11 pm (By Amba) (, , , )

On his new blog, Strike the Root, Funky Dung is doing some really original thinking at the intersection of Catholicism and Libertarianism.  He doesn’t ever let himself stop and rest at a comfortable and convenient point; just when you think he’s come to a really pleasing synthesis, he challenges himself to move on.  (When I got to the sentence that is the title of this post, my heart started beating faster.)  He seems to be trying to figure out if a sort of “I-Thou libertarianism” is conceivable, one that goes far beyond utilitarian considerations and natural selfishness.  If there’s a problem with it, it’s the problem of idealism, of basing a political vision on humans at their best, which may be ennobling as an expectation but unwarranted as an assumption.  Very much worth reading, and responding to Funky’s invitation to contribute to an idea under construction.

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