Kozinski Critiques Lockean LiberalismBy Peter Daniel Haworth for FRONT PORCH REPUBLIC
FPR readers will be interested in Thaddeus Kozinski’s critique of using Lockean Liberalism to counter the Obama Administration’s new controversial birth control mandates. In the essay, Kozinski emphasizes the obvious limits of such a “pragmatic” strategy: acting in accordance with one’s religious beliefs is often limited by the liberal state (e.g., laws against polygamy, peyote, etc.) , so the efficacy of appealing to religious freedom in order to combat would-be state restrictions on Catholic practices may be quite truncated. Regardless of whether readers ultimately agree with Kozinski’s advocacy of employing Catholic principles and natural law to justify public policy within a our extremely large (if not bloated) de facto unitary system, the essay contains insights that will help one further consider facets of this controversy.