Dorothy Day, Libertarian
June E. O’Connor, quoted by Ryan W. McMaken, says the great woman "preferred the words libertarian, decentralist and personalist" — More on Dorothy Day, Anarchist.
Why Ayn Rand, and not Servant of God Dorothy Day, is associated with the word "libertarian," especially by self-styled libertarians, but also by their detractors, is beyond this blogger. Rand, after all, was a statist when it came to the Cold War; Day was a self-described "pacifist even in the class war." An appreciation I wrote of the great woman a few years ago — Dorothy Day's anarcho-Catholicism: The way of love.
'Twas Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy's tome The Kingdom of God Is Within You, which I stumbled upon at the 1988 Anarchist Survival Gathering in Toronto, that led me back to my baptismal faith, but I also have long since "preferred the words libertarian, decentralist and personalist." Chalk it up to a recognition of Man's fallen nature.
The photo that graces this post reminds me of the observation of another Christian anarchist, grandson and great-grandson of presidents, and America's greatest man of letters, that "[i]n no well-regulated community, under a proper system of police, could the Virgin feel at home, and the same thing may be said of most other saints as well as sinners" — Henry Adams on the Blessed Virgin Mary.