Importance of subsidiarity

At one of the seminars, John Cavanagh, member of the International Forum on Globalisation, defended the position that the principle of subsidiarity, so insistently maintained by Catholic Social Teaching, is at the heart of an alternative model to the one ruling today. In the model that today governs the world of economics and trade, large corporations and international institutions accumulate huge unprecedented power. With this, persons and communities are denied the capacity to take economic decisions that affect their own well-being. The principle of subsidiarity, maintains instead that decision-making powers should be placed as close as possible to people and communities, and only those matters that cannot strictly be decided here must be taken up at the higher levels. (Miguel Gonzalez, Alboan, IJND)