My fascination with libertarianism started more than one year ago and it was ever since a great source of inspiration. Libertarian conclusions about economics, ethics, property rights and natural law seem in a lot of ways valuable and rational. As a Catholic, I believe that libertarianism is a groundbreaking ideological position that should be incorporated within the teaching of the Church the same way the thoughts of ancient Greeks were rationalized by St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas. However, it has to be clearly reminded that libertarianism with all its wisdom is not fully compatible with Catholicism. Modern libertarianism according to Llewellyn H. Rockwell is:
„a political-ideological system that proposes a once-and-for-all escape from the trappings of left and right and their central plans for how state power should be used. Libertarianism is the radical alternative that says state power is unworkable and immoral.”
Rockwell further points out that:
„There are many varieties of libertarianism alive in the world today, but Rothbardianism remains the center of its intellectual gravity.”
These two comments reveal an ideological bias towards a conviction of possessing a reduced answer-to-all interpretation framework of reality and at the same time unmask the tendency towards fragmentation of this ideology within the libertarian community. Thus relativism seems to be the main problem of the libertarian thought and constantly undermines its productivity on the social ground.
Relativistic nature of libertarian ideology stems from its focus on individual freedom while ignoring its broader definition. Such anthropocentric definition of freedom is a dangerous reduction because it assumes the nature of evil can be externalized from an individual and reduced to the level of economic oppression. Paradoxically libertarians also claim that even though the state is the source of evil its eradication will not solve the problem of evil anyway.
This claim undermines the productivity of libertarian agenda. It is much more productive to assume that evil is a universal concept and that the tyrannical state is a result of corruptibility on the level of an individual that grows in a systemic manner. Only then would libertarians understand that the system of evil is not purely a matter of the state but of a more abstract concept that Catholics call a sin.
Because of this reason, Catholic saints should be regarded as exemplary individuals in a fight with the tyrannical state – they were able to crush evil with a bottom-up attitude cutting of the juicy veins that fed the political system. A primary example of such individual is Father Jerzy Popiełuszko who opposed the communist regime. Even though he was killed by the oppressor, eventually he became the hero of his generation and gave a much-needed confidence to those around him. He became a sacrificial lamb that freed everyone up from the tyranny of lies.
My great hope is that libertarians soon understand that the only productive way of resisting evil is to be like Christ. And stay assured that with as many saints as libertarians today no tyrannical state will face a chance of survival.