Not all violence is evil; if some violence is good, then, since it is proper to resist evil with good, it may at times also be proper to resist evil with violence.
The entire state of grace is the state of servitude as a sacrament of growth in charity.
And as St. Thomas argues,
Hence the intellect which has more of the light of glory will see God the more perfectly;
and he will have a fuller participation of the light of glory who has more charity;
because where there is the greater charity, there is the more desire;
and desire in a certain degree makes the one desiring apt and prepared to receive the object desired.
Hence he who possesses the more charity, will see God the more perfectly, and will be the more beatified. (ST, I, 12, 6)
So, your works of mercy ultimately profit you.
Obama or Trump or whoever is not “your president.” He is the chief bureaucrat of the executive branch of the federal government. He runs this branch (nominally), but he does not run the country, and, unless you are a lower federal employee, he does not run your life. He is not your boss. There are such things as civil society and private lives independent of the state.
Let us not conflate society with state, as though “we are the government, and the government is us.” We are not worms in the belly of a totalitarian Leviathan that controls all aspects of our lives. We the people do not work for the state.
Nor, at the same time, does the state work for the people. The state is its own independent organization with its own ends, such as to loot you and to subjugate and rule the world.
Only the US state should be allowed to own nukes.
You see, the ultimate threat of nuclear incineration for disobedience to the empire must be heeded by all lesser nations.
Marijuana legalization will:
- empty the prisons,
- reduce the costs of law enforcement and redirect policing efforts toward property crimes,
- reduce obvious injustices like civil asset forfeitures,
- reduce street drug violence,
- reduce overall drug potency and impurity,
- reduce dangerous overdoses including of prescription drugs,
- decrease instances of police corruption,
- increase the people’s respect for the law,
and on and on the social benefits go.
Here’s another benefit, for example: legalization will change the mentality of cops who now think they are soldiers fighting a drug “war” against an enemy population.
It would be easier for me to be compassionate toward the Official Victim Groups, if those groups did not hate my guts as, say, a straight white male.
The talk of compassion may be a backhanded way of sabotaging a society based on private ownership of capital. “Bake my cake,” says a homosexual, “or go to jail.” That’s not a recipe for harmonious co-existence.
There was a meme that was trying to draw a parallel between taxation forcing you to surrender a portion of your income and reality “forcing” you to “work, because you need money for food and shelter.”
I’m not sure how the two are at all similar. A social system is possible where there is no taxation; no system is possible where people don’t work.
Women’s understanding of economic laws is sorely lacking.
I demand equality.
No, I am embracing feminism and demand that women get economics better than men! More women in the positions of powerful and eloquent professors of correct economics!
Blacks care little about victims, including their own; that’s why they commit so much crime;
but they have learned well that whites do care, and pretend to be victims in order to elicit the predictable response from whites.
Black victimology is mostly an act.
It is striking how wholesome the Old Testament is regarding children. This: “I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore,” is considered a real blessing.
How many people could God sway by this sort of promise today?
And how many would retort rather: “Forget descendants, show me the money!”