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Friday, April 06, 2012


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Thanks, Bill.

I agree wholeheartedly with the Principle of Subsidiarity and Kuyper's political philosophy would be very close to my own.

My reservation about countering "social justice" with "subsidiarity" (other than the unloveliness of the term itself) is that it doesn't capture all that conservatives want to say about political and economic justice. It represents one principle of justice (natural justice, I would say!) rather than justice as such. It's a part rather than the whole.

Does the Principle of Subsidiarity, for example, speak to the proper relationship between justice and inequality? For example, whether it is just for John's wealth to be several hundred times that of Phil's is less a matter of the disparity itself than it is a matter of the means by which they obtained (or failed to obtain) their wealth. It is on points such as this that the notion of "social justice" needs to be countered head-on.

The quest continues!

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