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Thomas Woods vs Christopher Ferrara: "Libertarians vs. Distributists from a traditionalist Catholic perspective"

The Church and the Market: A Catholic Defense of the Free Economy (Studies in Ethics and Economics) Hardcover – March 1, 2005

by Thomas E. Woods (Author)

Editorial Reviews


Should be required reading for any university or seminary course in social sciences that is supposed to be grounded in Catholic social teaching. Woods puts his case with such rigor and lucidity that there is probably no other text that is more effective in supporting a discussion of the application of the Church's social teaching to specific economic issues. (Economic Affairs)

Woods' book is a welcome antidote to the various combinations of economic incompetence and self-righteous posturing - "liberation theology," New Deal welfarism, social democratic interventionism, distributism - that too often masquerade as the only "authentic" interpretations of Catholic social teaching. Every Catholic - and especially every Catholic bishop - ought to consider its arguments before speaking out on economic policy. (Edward Feser, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Loyola Marymount University)
The Church and the Libertarian: A Defense of the Catholic Church's Teaching on Man, Economy, and State Paperback – July 15, 2010
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on April 28, 2015
Interesting book. I only purchased this because it was required for a class. The writing style feels at times a bit amateur, less like a textbook and more like a blog. The writer's sympathies are with traditionalist Catholicism and the website that supports the book is a bit questionable in terms of its orthodoxy (though supposedly not schismatic). If you are sensitive to that sort of thing, get a used copy like I did to be on the safe time.

While I did not go over the book with a fine tooth comb, it basically attacks the viewpoints of those (especially professed Catholics) who support modern "Libertarianism" and instead defends Distributist views of politics and the economy. No one is likely to agree with everything in the book, but it could provide fodder for a discussion on these topics, especially within a Catholic context.


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