Over at The Josias Felix de St. Vincent gives a good exposition of the sort of politics that Aelianus likes to call ‘Arthurian Republicanism,’ arguing that in played a role in the founding of the United States. I have written an introductory note, in which I disagree with some of his points, but agree with him on the desirability of reviving an ancient style republicanism of the common good in America. Here are some of the concrete consequences that he sees flowing from such a politics:
Today, the Catholic republican may have something to say about the obnoxious power of moneyed interests, corporate lobbyists, media gatekeepers, special interests, entrenched bureaucracies, etc. The Catholic republican may have something to say about pluralism. Hardworking American families, out of charity that sometimes seems misguided, tolerate an awful lot of shenanigans by those who presume to flaunt our republican values, even as they drive our roads, attend our schools, and sleep peacefully defended by our servicemen. And if he is called a socialist, the Catholic republican may have something to say about the billy club of “anticommunism,” which has twisted the very meaning of the American Republic and hammered it into a brittle mold of Enlightenment rationalism and atomistic individualism. It is time the Republic was reforged to dispel all of this obnoxiousness.