Personal Freedom and Prosperity 109: Subsidiarity

This tenet holds that nothing should be done by a larger and more complex organization, which can be done as well by a smaller and simpler organization. In other words, any activity which can be performed by a more decentralized entity should be. This principle is a bulwark of limited government and personal freedom. It conflicts with the passion for centralization and bureaucracy characteristic of the Welfare State —David A. Bosnich, Acton Institute

There are societal goods beyond the pure protection of people and their property, which are generally accepted as universal goods. To maximize a humane and free society, we must seek family, community and local government solutions before national or international governments.