Appeared in Spring 1979, Vol. V, No. 1

Rev. James Schall, S.J., who last appeared in F&R III, 1, is widely noted for his incisive commentary on the current socio-politico-economic scene.  In the essay which follows, Fr. Schall cuts to the common root of the ideological orientations of today’s varied politicos by suggesting that the primacy of the human person must be the starting point for any regeneration of the social order.  In line with the social teachings of the Church, and drawing deeply from the Western classical tradition, the author develops his ideas in a combined philosophical and historical manner which presents his insights with startling clarity and force.

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