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Liberalism and Morality:
Reconciling Christian Values and Free Market Principles

Thursday, 17 January 2008

Episode #024
(16:52 min 15.4MB)
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In the fourth installment of this series, Fr. Robert Sirico asserts that reconciling Christian values and free market principles begins with giving importance to profit. Profit is the result of an activity planned well and the fruit of human labor. However, the solution to poverty is not redistribution. It is creating mechanisms for superfluous wealth production that let people share.

The music is provided by Dieter Bachmann.

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Liberalism and Morality: Economics, Liberty and Morality
Thursday, 17 January 2008

Episode #023
(15:30 min 14.1MB)
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Fr. Robert Sirico discusses how economics, liberty and morality center on the human person. A free environment creates opportunities that allow him to choose and harness resources. Criticism against economics arises because many choices are based on subjective values. However, it is a misconception to understand morality as relativistic. Virtue is something consistent across all humanity. Morality underlines the responsibility to create a flourishing society that is worthy of human dignity.

The music is provided by Dieter Bachmann.

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Liberalism and Morality: The Call of the Entrepreneur
Thursday, 17 January 2008

Episode #022
(22:07 min 30.3MB)
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The second instalment of this series features Fr. Robert Sirico’s commentary on the film: The Call of the Entrepreneur as well as portions of the open forum that followed. Fr. Sirico discusses the value that business brings to a society. He explains that it is through entrepreneurship that the poor’s hopes are met and their needs are addressed. He stresses that in order to have this, liberty is required. Without freedom, the human spirit and its creativity are discouraged.

The music is provided by Dieter Bachmann.

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Liberalism and Morality: A Five-Part Series
Wednesday, 19 December 2007

Episode #021
(20:21 min 27.9MB)
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In this first episode of a five-part series, Alexandra Cuyegkeng and Siegfried Herzog introduce Fr. Robert Sirico and Kris A. Mauren, founders of the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty. Fr. Sirico and Kris explain the reasons behind establishing the institute and its mission of reconciling liberalism and morality. They also talk about their Asian visit and their impressions of the Philippines.

Alexandra and Siegfried also highlight the Manila premiere of Acton’s first film: The Call of the Entrepreneur.

The succeeding instalments will feature excerpts from Fr. Sirico’s commentary on the film along with snippets from several of his talks: “Economics, Liberty and Morality,” Reconciling Christian Values and Free Market Principles” and “Capitalism and Christian Values.”

The music is provided by Dieter Bachmann and Kevin MacLeod.

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