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Anarcho-Catholicism: Dorothy Day's Day Has Come

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There was a time when conservatives wrote books with titles like Our Enemy, the State. But conservatives ignored Karl Hess, Barry Goldwater's speechwriter who later worked to bring toward unity between the Old Right and the New Left, who said, "Vietnam should remind all conservatives that whenever you put your faith in big government, for any reason, sooner or later you wind up an apologist for mass murder." Now that conservatives have added the "neo-" suffix, big government and mass murder are the order of the day, from No Child Left Behind to the USA PATRIOT Act to The Global War on Terrorism.

As we head into the 2008 presidential race, the candidates in both parties (a.k.a. The War Party) are giving us promises of what the State will do for us (and the world, whether they like or not). Each of the major Republicrat wing candidates leans toward one end of what Murray N. Rothbard called the Welfare-Warfare State. All are talking about expanding the role of the State, with the notable exception of Dr. Ron Paul.

"There is no political solution," begins Spirits in the Material World by The Police, a song released in the year after Dorothy Day's death. Whether we find ourselves on the Old Right or the New Left, we should look to one of America's great "spirits in the material world" and, instead of seeking a "political solution" from the State, follow her example: "In the face of Empire, the Way of Love."

Servant of God Dorothy Day, pray for us.

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An American Catholic son-in-law of Korea, Joshua Snyder lives with his wife and two children in self-imposed exile in Pohang, where he serves as an assistant visiting professor of English at a science and technology university. Religiously orthodox and politically heterodox, he might be (more...)
 
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I'm an old Catholic Worker, and lived for... by Peter Michaelson on Wednesday, Nov 28, 2007 at 5:06:51 PM
Thank you, sir, for the personal reflections. I... by Joshua Snyder on Thursday, Nov 29, 2007 at 5:13:23 AM