Was G.K. Chesterton a Socialist?

By |2019-09-02T11:22:59-05:00May 25th, 2019|Categories: Distributism, Economics, G.K. Chesterton, Joseph Pearce, Senior Contributors, Socialism|

G.K. Chesterton’s ideas concerning government intervention in the economy have led some to believe that he may have been a socialist. They argue that the political creed of distributism, which Chesterton advocated, would involve the coercive redistribution of wealth. But are these critics right in their characterization of Chesterton’s ideas? One of the weirdest [...]

Distributism vs. Free Market Globalism

By |2018-07-29T23:19:41-05:00July 29th, 2018|Categories: Capitalism, Distributism, Economics, Free Markets, Joseph Pearce|

The whole notion of a global problem requiring a global solution is rooted in a false logic. Effectively it is saying that because bigness causes problems we need even more bigness to solve them. Distributism as a derivative of the principle of subsidiarity offers the only real alternative to the cult of bigness in [...]

Small Beer: Raising a Glass for Freedom

By |2019-10-15T21:57:38-05:00February 8th, 2018|Categories: Conservatism, Culture, Distributism, Economics, Free Markets, Freedom, Joseph Pearce|

Distributism is the only practical solution to the problem of rampant corporatism and the globalism which is its inevitable consequence. Next time we raise a glass of craft-brewed ale, we should not merely enjoy its flavor, we should also raise a toast to the political and economic freedom that it represents… Some time ago [...]

Turning Employees into Business Owners

By |2019-02-05T16:29:17-05:00June 28th, 2017|Categories: Catholicism, Christian Humanism, Christianity, Distributism, G.K. Chesterton, Hilaire Belloc, Joseph Pearce, Senior Contributors|

How do employee-owned companies fare in the wider economy? How do they compete in the dog-eat-dog world of business?… Many years ago, back in England and long before my conversion, I stumbled upon a book called The Man Who Gave His Company Away. It was a biography of Ernest Bader, a very successful entrepreneur [...]

Hilaire Belloc & G.K. Chesterton: Romanticizing the Middle Ages?

By |2016-09-14T05:00:24-05:00September 13th, 2016|Categories: Distributism, Economics, G.K. Chesterton, Hilaire Belloc, Joseph Pearce|

One of the wonderful things about The Imaginative Conservative is the way in which it has become a powerful forum for thoughtful and thought-provoking writers to exchange thoughtful and thought-provoking ideas. There’s none of the knee-jerk and thoughtless reaction to events to be found on other cultural and political journals. Deo gratias! This does not [...]

Should Christians Romanticize the Middle Ages?

By |2016-09-07T21:27:03-05:00September 7th, 2016|Categories: Architecture, Catholicism, Distributism, Economics, G.K. Chesterton, Hilaire Belloc|

Over a decade ago a then-acquaintance of mine inquired as to my economic views, my response being that I was “a distributist by default.” Such a phrase accurately captures the ambivalence that I had towards that economic theory until the time when I decided to break with it entirely. How I ever came to [...]

What Does Chesterton Have To Do with Solzhenitsyn?

By |2018-11-09T11:35:32-05:00September 1st, 2016|Categories: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Distributism, G.K. Chesterton, Joseph Pearce, Senior Contributors|

At first sight, it would seem that G.K. Chesterton and Alexander Solzhenitsyn have very little in common. The one has a reputation for jollity and rambunctiousness, the other for sobriety and solemn sternness. One penned swashbuckling fantasies about lovable eccentrics, the other wrote gritty works of realism set in prison camps or cancer wards. [...]

Could Adam Smith Have Loved Distributism?

By |2019-08-30T20:55:58-05:00April 24th, 2016|Categories: Distributism, Economics, Social Order|

With this essay, I am venturing into unfamiliar territory. My previous essays featured in this journal have been distillations of my academic research. This is not the case here. I regard myself sufficiently well-informed so as to be a knowledgeable consumer of writings on the political economy of distributism, but not yet—though I am currently striving [...]

Archbishop Welby: Anglo-Distributist?

By |2016-08-03T10:36:40-05:00November 30th, 2014|Categories: Anglicanism, Christendom, Distributism|Tags: |

Justin Welby, the humble and good-humored Archbishop of Canterbury, marked himself from the beginning of his reign by the contrast he struck with his predecessor Rowan Williams, now Baron of Oystermouth. Lord Williams was one of the seminal reasons for my conversion to Anglicanism. He was born in Ystradgynlais in Swansea, Wales, to a [...]

Tolkien and Belloc vs. Richards and Witt

By |2016-02-12T15:28:05-05:00November 14th, 2014|Categories: Christianity, Distributism, Hilaire Belloc, J.R.R. Tolkien, Joseph Pearce|

I hardly know where to start in responding to Messrs. Richards’ and Witt’s “response” to my earlier article on “Distributism in the Shire”. More to the point, I hardly know where to end. There seems so much to discuss. There is the question of Tolkien’s agreement with Belloc on the practical aspects of distributism, [...]

What Next for Distributism?

By |2016-02-12T15:28:10-05:00July 10th, 2014|Categories: Christianity, Distributism, G.K. Chesterton, Joseph Pearce, Stephen Masty|

As any old newspaperman can tell you, crafting headlines is a rare skill quite distinct from ordinary good writing. A New York Post example, “Headless Body in Topless Bar,” is a work of art. Or when rural American audiences felt insulted by hillbilly comedy films, and Variety proclaimed: “Stix Nix Hix Flix.” Or a [...]

Trinity and Society: Economics & the Search for a “New Way”

By |2019-07-18T15:23:41-05:00October 13th, 2013|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Communio, Distributism, Economics, Featured, G.K. Chesterton, Hans Urs von Balthasar, Stratford Caldecott|

The theological dimension is needed both for interpreting and solving present-day problems in human society. – John Paul II, Centesimus Annus, 55 God Himself is a society. – G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy, Ch. 8 First Principles How radical can we be? Dare we begin, as Chesterton once did, “with a little girl’s hair”? In What’s Wrong with [...]

Home Economics: Re-Imagining Distributism

By |2016-02-12T15:28:27-05:00April 9th, 2013|Categories: Christianity, Daniel McInerny, Distributism, G.K. Chesterton, Hilaire Belloc|

  Distributism, as originally conceived by G.K. Chesterton and Hilaire Belloc, has long ceased being a practical possibility for the majority of those living in the liberal democracies of the West. Yet this does not mean that the core principle of distributism—widely distributed private ownership of the means of livelihood—is wholly beyond our reach. [...]