Word of the day

August 19, 2017

Subsidiarity – a principle of social doctrine, in the Roman Catholic Church,  that all social bodies exist for the sake of the individual so that what individuals are able to do, society should not take over, and what small societies can do, larger societies should not take over;  the principle of devolving decisions to the lowest practical level or closest to where they will have effect; the principle that social and political issues should be dealt with at the most immediate (or local) level that is consistent with their resolution; the principle that a central authority should have a subsidiary function, performing only those tasks which cannot be performed at a more local level.

Hat Tip: Oliver Hartwich

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