Common Good


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Common Good

That which is seen as best for a whole community and not simply for any individual or small group within that community. This may be seen in purely utilitarian ways, but it may be founded upon natural law theory. The ideas behind law and democracy assume that the common good is something that can be achieved, or at least should be pursued. Proponents of both regulation and deregulation (or almost any other policy) believe their views best suit the common good.
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But herein lies also a weakness--it never becomes quite clear what the common good is that marketers and consumers are supposed to support.
The relational definition of the common good leads to a relational vision of the principles of subsidiarity and solidarity; meaning that subsidiarity and solidarity are seen as two ways of relating to others, both of which acknowledge the dignity of the other.
Buchanan and Tullock do not imagine that voters try to intuit the common good and vote on that basis, but rather that they use voting as a way of achieving outcomes that further their own interests, when those interests require collective action.
He points out what the "conservative" churches get wrong-focusing on a personal, atonement-only gospel--and what the "liberal" churches get wrong--focusing on Jesus' teachings about the common good to the exclusion of the gospel's salvific message.
Citizens should place reasons of the common good above reasons of personal interest.
Candidates then must be evaluated in terms of government's primary responsibility--the common good.
ArtFire's common good program allows them to partner with major craft suppliers to further bridge the gap between where artisans buy their supplies and sell their finished work.
Whilst some people vote out of concern for particular issues - I received hundreds of emails from people advocating particular causes during the election campaign - very few people now vote to achieve a common good, the good of the country, the city, their ward or anyone else's.
In explaining same-sex unions to the ordinary faithful as contrary to the common good, the Cardinal specifically addressed his note also to politicians who are believing, i.
I don't follow how encroaching on to a woman's right to choose what she wants to do with her body is for the common good.
Public sector leaders bear a unique privilege and a responsibility to maintain this broader focus on the common good in large part because the government has the power to set the moral context within, which all other institutions work and serve.