In consideration of the French development during the 90s,
the protection of the social groups became of great impor-
tance to Görres. The acts of violence towards nobility and
clergy first shook the nation and finally Europe.
Görres was aware of the fact that along with the issue of
classes the property of the people was challenged at the
He also wanted to stick to the status quo in this case,
but he emphasized the implementation of the achievement
principle. Thus, assets would be shared more justly.
Wealthy people are asked neither to hoard nor to squander
their money. Instead of that their affluence should be in-
vested to be profitable for all. The circulation of blood
strengthens the body –and it is the same with invested
Competition is the best way of eliminating the accumula-
tion of wealth and “eruptions of avarice”.
There must not be monopolies, punitive laws or exclusion -
for example by guilds.
Everyone has to have the right “to run a business for
which he has talent”.
That way every individual could pursue his own dispo-
sition and the outcome would be useful to the whole
Thus it is a moral duty to employ property and talent
for the common good.