The podcast of Catholic culture: 134 – The political form of evil

June 13, 2022

DC Schindler’s book The politics of reality: the Church between liberalism and integralism he is one of the richest voices in the ongoing Catholic debate on liberalism, political authority, the common good and the relationship between Church and State.

Schindler offers subtle and compelling arguments as to why liberalism is “the political form of evil,” consisting specifically of the rejection of the Christian form – specifically, the Hebrew-Greco-Roman synthesis embodied in the Catholic Church.

Liberalism creates a situation like that described by comedian Stephen Wright: “Last night someone broke into my apartment and replaced everything with exact duplicates.” It adopts aspects of the Western tradition but only on a radically different basis, with a fragmented vision of reality. Even when liberalism claims to make room for religious tradition, it does so only by reconceiving religion as a mere object of individual choice, that is, precisely as non-traditional.

But Schindler goes beyond the critique of liberalism, proposing a profound and beautiful ontology of the social order and a model of the relationship between Church and State somewhat different from that proposed by Catholic fundamentalists.

Schindler joins the podcast to discuss the book, including topics such as:

  • Because to object to non-liberal philosophy as “impracticable” is a rejection of man as a rational creature
  • The false claim of neutrality (or non-confessionalism) of liberalism
  • The “Christian form” and its fragmentation
  • Why liberalism is “the political form of evil”
  • The roots of liberalism in medieval nominalism
  • The anti-Catholic meaning of the “laws of nature and the God of nature” of the Declaration of Independence
  • How the “neutral square” subverts every tradition it “makes room for”
  • The problem of distinguishing “civil society” from the state
  • Because ownership is fundamental to understanding the relationship between individuals and society

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