Personalism, its advocates insisted, was not the same as individualism, which allegedly treated human beings as isolated, self-interested agents, instead of understanding their embeddedness in groups. Communism, on the other hand, entirely absorbed people into the state. Personalism was thus simultaneously anti-liberal and anticommunist; its proponents held that liberalism and communism, for all their apparent differences, were forms of materialism, whereas personalism did justice to the spiritual dimension of human life. Human beings were simultaneously related to a social order and possessed of individual dignity and capacity for transcendence. They should contribute to the common good, but the spirituality of persons was above and untouchable by any earthly community.* * * * * * * Leno: "President Obama was in India yesterday visiting our jobs. Tomorrow he goes to China to visit our money." * * * * * * * It's St. Martin's feast day, which reminds me of Henri Gheon's fine biography. It's highly recommended. Gheon also wrote The Secrets of the Saints, which is, in my opinion, one of the three greatest saint books of all time. The other two: Saints for Now (edited by Clare Boothe Luce) and The Holy Fire by Robert Payne. If you're one of my Eastern Orthodox readers and you haven't read Payne's book, you're really missing out (the rest of you are merely missing out). The fourth greatest saint book of all time: My Life with Hayek and von Mises (just kidding).
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