Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Servant of God Dorothy Day on the State and Subsidiarity

Michael Iafrate posts absolute must-see "rare Dorothy Day interviews from the 1970s" — Dorothy Day interview videos. After hopefully noting that "it’s beginning to work from the bottom up, instead of from the top down," the great woman says:
    Everybody looks to the State, and looks to the State for funding, and looks to the State to keep our schools going—always turning to the State… and the State isn’t supposed to be functioning in this way. Martin Buber says the State should be ”a community of communities.” And, certainly, the popes have said that the State should never do what smaller bodies can do…and here, when unions, and credit unions, and cooperatives are the basis of man’s mutual aid and working together. It’s an entirely different political point of view…and, it makes for peace.

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Blogger Tim said...

FYI, the quote starts at 8:42 in the video posted at the first link: part I of the Christopher Closeup interview.

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