Apparently the idea is floating around the Reactionary Right that Natural rights don’t exist. This is a compelling idea, considering how the Left is now using the concept of “human rights” to justify immoral license, as is all too obvious in these immoral days. The answer seems to be to reject any kind of inherent rights as incompatible with order in the society, and for those who would do so I have a question: Which is more important, Justice for the person or order for the society?
This post was written with the help of my good friend The Catholic Professor.
“When it is all over, will ordinary people have any freedom left or will they have to fight for it, or will they be too tired to resist?”- J.R.R. Tolkien, Letters
Pope Leo XIII called Liberty “the highest of natural endowments”¹, yet in these modern times there are those who claim to represent the Catholic Tradition who wholeheartedly reject that Liberty can have anything but a negative position in the political order, if even that. By subscribing to an artificial, indeed Leftist definition of Liberty, they defeat the own cause. In the following body of the post I hope to demonstrate the traditional Catholic and Intergralist understanding of Liberty and its place in government.