Friday, April 8, 2005
There is much in Pope John Paul II's thought, as expressed in both his writings and his life, for libertarians to admire:
a.. By his words and his example, he affirmed the dignity and rights of every person, regardless of country or creed.
b.. He did much to inspire the peaceful resistance that ended decades of Soviet tyranny in Eastern Europe.
c.. He spoke for peace and mutual respect among nations, and against aggressive wars, including the U.S. war against Iraq.
d.. He had a qualified but very real appreciation for the free market, proclaiming it morally as well as economically superior to socialism.
e.. He was skeptical of government attempts to solve social problems, preferring that they be addressed by the voluntary associations of civil society.
Pope John Paul II didn't propose a political blueprint, and his social thought can't be tagged with any ideological label. But he was a true friend of freedom, and he'll be badly missed.
Saturday, April 09, 2005
Tom G's Letter to Editor about the Pope's passing
The letter ran in the Trib but noticed online in the Libertarian discussion email list.