Obiter Dictum in Dreher v. City of Rod et al.

Smith, P.J., presenting the opinion of the Integralist Catholic Blogosphere, says in part, of Dreher’s commitment to “religious liberty” as the extent of laudable Christian egagement in politics, “it constitutes nothing less than a rejection of the premodern tradition regarding politics. Let us put it another way; Bruenig is not the most stringent critic of Dreher on this point—Aristotle and St. Thomas Aquinas are.”

And here we must concur with the holding of the ICB.  Though had the question hinged on engagement in liberal democracy only, which Bruenig, that consummate communist, clearly supports, and Dreher, ut in pluribus, opposes because he considers it to be politics, we should be compelled to favour neither Bruenig nor Dreher, since neither is this politics nor is it laudable to participate in, except in a strictly utilitarian fashion.  In this, we do not mean to object to Smith’s analysis of the social or political nature of man, but only to a possible tacit assumption that modern western liberalism is, as a matter of fact, politics (as, for instance, might lead some to wish for a Catholic Magician President).


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