Clive Staples Lewis is known very well for his theology and the philosophy that accompanied it. If you have not read it, Mere Christianity is one of the better analyses of Orthodox Christianity that exists. It is a great start for any curious Christian and refresher for an experienced follower of Christ.
C. S. Lewis did not write volumes on political philosophy itself, as generally he tended to stick to moral and social commentary in light of the theism implicated by an incarnate messiah’s having come to earth and died for the sins we face every day. Within his extensive writing, however, much can be derived about how Lewis framed the political climate of his day, which leads me to today’s reading recommendation. Over at the Independent Institute, an essay complies the prophetic and lasting reflections of Lewis, in an attempt to discern what his views might have looked like in total. If you have a few minutes free, go read it. The man’s mind was a beautiful labyrinth of truth, and the scattershot collection of quotes in this essay are enough to create a cohesive impression of the wisdom that he could express in his writings…
[Note: I am delighted to find that his view of democracy was similar to that of Ludwig von Mises’, in that democracy was not to be the rule of all over each other, but rather the abdication and dissipation of power of the central state by an understanding of all that each man was to be the ruler of his own life – a result of both men’s Catholicity (a technicality for Lewis, of course) and the humility of humanity that accompanies such visions. For both men and all reflective Catholics, there is great folly in assuming a man could rule decently over anything more than the realm of his own life, since even in that domain no man can rule his actions perfectly. Mises and Lewis knew this fact well, and in the realization that men were imperfect and have a tendency toward corruption and moral decay in seeking power, democracy meant a very different thing for them than it does for us today. More on this thought to come, I am sure…]