The Common Good
We believe that the Common Good is the entire reason for political authority, which is why our platform bears its name.
We furthermore believe that today more than ever there is an urgent need to proclaim this truth, for we live in an age in which those voices that advocate for what diametrically opposes the Common Good – excess for the wealthy, special interests, violence, fanaticism, selfishness, cynicism, relativism, and the like – are raised to an alarming level and are, ever more troubling still, being heard and increasingly obeyed.
We reject utilitarian perversions of the common good which relegate it to the mere quantitative addition of particular goods (which inevitably leads to the exploitation of the minority by the majority), and rather assert that the common good is the totality of social conditions that allow for all people and indeed each person to more fully and swiftly develop into the person he or she is called to be and was made to be.
We pursue the common good first by the harmonizing of the various sectarian interests with the requirements of justice; we thereby categorically reject the promotion of any particular good that is opposed to human rights, no matter how cost-effective or practical such a promotion might appear.
Having laid down a firm foundation of justice, we strive to build a civilization of charity. For only justice and charity together can truly achieve the universal recognition of the common good.
In adhering always to the principle of subsidiarity, we recognize that the Common Good, for which we exist, can only be effectively achieved if society is built from the ground up, without giving higher levels powers or duties that a lower level could be trusted with on its own, and we therefore reject the inverted-pyramid structure that is intrinsic to philosophies of totalitarianism, communism, socialism, and the like.
Our reverence for this principle begins with the family, the essential unit of society, which we insist must receive all possible honor in our nation’s laws. Subsidiarity is most grievously violated when national or international bodies interfere with the fundamental duties of families; especially with respect to the education of children.
Our implementation of the principle of subsidiarity, however, is not limited merely to opposing higher bodies who assume the duties of lower bodies, but rather it extends beyond that into the active encouragement of the virtue of participation, wherein citizens, both individually and in groups, truly contribute to the social, cultural, political, and economic community.
It is difficult to imagine a situation more opposed to this essential virtue of participation than what we see in unprecedented levels today: millions of citizens spending their lives watching television shows produced by centralized national and international bodies, receiving all of their sustenance from federal government welfare programs. The Common Good Platform is permeated with efforts to combat this most dangerous trend and replace it with the participation that comes from subsidiarity.
Solidarity is the social application of love, charity, friendship, and fraternity. Without solidarity, the pursuit of the Common Good is deprived of its motivation, energy, and ultimate purpose.
Solidarity implies the equal dignity of all. Due to that dignity, we stand with all people throughout the world as our brothers and sisters. Thanks to solidarity, we not only categorically condemn and reject the deprivation of the human rights of any person, but we also stand with him and make his trials our own, not content to leave one person without what he needs for his flourishing.
Thanks to solidarity we are able to truly advocate for the just distribution of goods, the vigorous pursuit of peace, and the end to all prejudice and hatred.
It is from our standing in solidarity with all of God’s children that we at the Common Good Platform derive our inspiration to fight without ever tiring for full inclusion for the poor, unreserved honor for the family, and careful protection for the environment.
Statement Against Socialism
We at the Common Good Platform stand firmly against Socialism and we condemn it categorically. Although we share some concerns with those who call themselves Socialists (for example our desire to achieve a more just distribution of wealth, our goal to reduce waste in American society, and our efforts to ensure the environment is protected), this does not associate us with socialism itself. Not only are many of Socialism’s principles condemned by us (for example their advocacy for common or state ownership of property and commerce), but even those concerns we do share, we believe in pursuing by radically different means.
We reject recourse to the welfare state, and instead insist upon the implementation of just social structures, trusting those to be the primary motive force behind achieving an equitable distribution of wealth.
We reject federal government being given powers that would be better left to a lower level, with due regard to the principle of subsidiarity.
We reject radical notions of environmental protection that assume man is the problem and insist upon countless millions of acres remaining untouched, population growth limitation, or other similar programs.
We reject any deviation from the respect due to private property and insist that though this is not an intrinsic an inalienable right, it is nevertheless an essential principle of a just government that must form the cornerstone of economic life.
The list goes on, but the fact is already clear: the Socialist Movement finds an enemy, not a friend, in the Common Good Platform.