The Common Good
This article is part of my posts on the economic system of distributism. This is from practicaldistributism.blogspot.com/ which you can find here:
“A community of a higher order should not interfere in the internal life of a community of a lower order, depriving the latter of its functions, but rather should support it in case of need and help to co-ordinate its activity with the activities of the rest of society, always with a view of the common good.
When a community of a higher order acts, it is always to do so with a view of the common good, but what exactly is the common good? Understanding this concept is fundamental to understanding subsidiarity. The family is the basic unit of society, and the purpose of those higher orders is to secure the common good for the lower orders all the way back down to the family.”
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