Thanks (?) to Jeffrey Tucker, I have discovered The Remnant, an interesting Catholic publication. Every person with unpopular opinions fancies himself part of the Remnant (from the Latin remaneo, stale leftovers), and so it is here. But while most Remnants hold themselves out as a witness against the sinful majority, this Remnant is most offended by other Remnants… especially those of a libertarian bent.
As I show in the book, this movement is casting more and more Catholics under its spell, thanks to the tireless efforts of its Catholic leaders, including Lew Rockwell, President and Founder of the Mises Institute, Tom Woods, Jeffrey Tucker, and their liberal Catholic allies such as Father Robert Sirico, whose Acton Institute—named after the anti-Romanist Liberal Catholic, Lord Acton—has sponsored Tom Woods’s widely criticized book attacking the Church’s Social Teaching, The Church and the Market.
Interestingly, I consider the Mises Catholics to have been instrumental in my conversion (along with Vox Day and Fr. Cyril Crume). Also interestingly, it was a libertarian (David Macko) whose arguments persuaded me that there was a legitimate state interest in protecting the unborn. I will admit to still being catechetically unformed by the church’s social teachings; when I read the documents of the last century, I suspect that there were Communists in the Vatican. But I do have to come to terms with those teachings, one way or another, and perhaps reading an extremist interpretation will help in that. But it doesn’t help to read “I find [Mises’] economics useless and his philosophy jejune.” I’m not nuts about the anti-clerical strain of libertarianism, but I understand it; the Church has often used the State’s means to its own ends. And I’ve yet to be persuaded that taxation is not a violation of the 7th Commandment.
Anyway, if you’re curious about such things, stop in and poke around.