An Introduction to Good Money

The following essay is a review and guide of the “Good Money” podcast series produced by New Polity. Every episode of the series is briefly summarized. We encourage you to follow the many links below to listen and learn more.  According to the Philosopher (Ethics IV.1) it belongs to the liberal man to part with … Continue reading An Introduction to Good Money

The Enclosure of the Commons

The great landlords destroyed deliberately and of set purpose and to their own advantage the common rights over common land. The small plutocracy with which they were knit up, and with whose mercantile elements they were now fused, directed everything to its own ends. That strong central government which should protect the community against the … Continue reading The Enclosure of the Commons

What is a “Just Wage” in Catholic Social Teaching?

Would that these words, written at a time [1891] when what has been called "unbridled capitalism" was pressing forward, should not have to be repeated today [1991] with the same severity. Unfortunately, even today one finds instances of contracts between employers and employees which lack reference to the most elementary justice regarding the employment of … Continue reading What is a “Just Wage” in Catholic Social Teaching?

Easy Excerpt: Dostoyevsky on the Age of Isolation

The following is an excerpt from The Brothers Karamazov by Fyoder Dostoyevsky, one of Dorothy Day’s favorite novels. The excerpt is taken from Book VI: “The Russian Monk”, Chapter II: “The Duel”, in which Father Zossima gives recollections of his youth before he became a monk. “What then, you don’t believe it,” he said. “You … Continue reading Easy Excerpt: Dostoyevsky on the Age of Isolation

Private Property in Classical Liberalism vs. Christian Tradition

Community of goods is ascribed to the natural law, not that the natural law dictates that all things should be possessed in common and that nothing should be possessed as one's own: but because the division of possessions is not according to the natural law, but rather arose from human agreement which belongs to positive … Continue reading Private Property in Classical Liberalism vs. Christian Tradition

Planning, Regulation, and Distributive Justice

On the second place there is the order of the whole towards the parts, to which corresponds the order of that which belongs to the community in relation to each single person. This order is directed by distributive justice, which distributes common goods proportionately. Saint Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae II-II. Q61. A1. co. All people … Continue reading Planning, Regulation, and Distributive Justice

Speaking Requests

Sean Domencic (formerly published as Thomas Hackett) is the co-founder and director of Tradistae. For more information about our volunteer staff, click here. To request Sean to speak at conferences, rallies, and parishes, or to lead retreats and workshops, please fill out our contact form. A list of talk topics will be available soon. "Dorothy … Continue reading Speaking Requests

The Old Limits of the Merchant Class

[Trading for profit] is justly deserving of blame, because, considered in itself, it satisfies the greed for gain, which knows no limit and tends to infinity. Hence trading, considered in itself, has a certain debasement attaching thereto... Saint Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae II-II. Q77. A4. co. The merchant class is a group of people who, … Continue reading The Old Limits of the Merchant Class

Understanding the Social Sin of Usury

 The iniquity of money-lending must absolutely be abjured, and the gain which lacks all humanity must be shunned. A man's possessions are indeed multiplied by these unrighteous and sorry means, but the mind's wealth decays because usury of money is the death of the soul. —Saint Pope Leo the Great, Sermon 17 Many today have … Continue reading Understanding the Social Sin of Usury

The Economics of Saint Thomas Aquinas

Saint Thomas Aquinas is often considered the greatest Doctor of the Church and the towering mind of medieval society. In 1879, Pope Leo XIII devoted an encyclical to restoring the study of Thomism in Christian philosophy: We exhort you, venerable brethren, in all earnestness to restore the golden wisdom of St. Thomas, and to spread … Continue reading The Economics of Saint Thomas Aquinas