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Solidarity Minus Subsidiarity Equals Tyranny

Melissa Toh

Jason Jones and John Zmirak - published on 03/11/14 - updated on 06/07/17

preferential option for the federal government as the solution to every problem in America. We have chosen, instead of striving for private or local fixes, to transfer every meaningful decision in America to bureaucracies in Washington, who impose on our diverse country one-size-fits-all solutions, spending other people’s money with Utopian abandon.  The only revenge those “other people” can take is to refuse to fund those programs with any new taxes, which leaves the bureaucrats and the congressmen who enable them with only two choices: dismantle their own power structures, or borrow trillions of dollars from China and bill it to our grandchildren.  Given what we know of human nature, should we really be surprised at what they decided to do?

Jason Jones is a producer in Hollywood.  His films include Bella, Eyes to See, and Crescendo. Learn more about his human rights initiatives at

John Zmirak is the author of The Bad Catholic’s Guide to the Catechism. His columns are archived at The Bad Catholics Bingo Hall. This column is adapted from Jones’s and Zmirak’s upcoming book, The Race to Save Our Century (Crossroad, 2014).

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