Home Economics: Re-Imagining Distributism

By |2016-02-12T15:28:27-06:00April 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. [...]

Do the Southern Agrarians and Distributists Still Count?

By |2015-05-15T11:44:49-05:00August 22nd, 2011|Categories: Agrarianism, Bradley J. Birzer, Distributism, South, Southern Agrarians|

As I’m thinking about the various influences on Kirk (and, hence, the post-WWII American Right), I started thinking about the Southern Agrarians as well as the English Distributists. There are many who write for this blog who know far more about these groups than I do. But, from what I can tell, this American [...]

An Evil Means to a Good End? – Another Reflection on Hilaire Belloc’s “An Essay on the Restoration of Property”

By |2017-06-20T13:40:17-05:00September 27th, 2010|Categories: Distributism, Economics, Hilaire Belloc, John Creech, Political Economy|

Hilaire Belloc I ended my last reflection on Hilaire Belloc’s An Essay on the Restoration of Property by asking whether the government redistribution of property is the only way to make the transition from a non-proprietary state to a proprietary one, and if so, whether this would be a permissible means to [...]

Reflections on Hilaire Belloc’s “An Essay on the Restoration of Property”

By |2017-06-20T12:28:02-05:00September 16th, 2010|Categories: Distributism, Economics, Hilaire Belloc, John Creech, Political Economy|

The recent esays on distributism and the many comments in response raised a number of interesting questions and also revealed that a number of readers, including myself, were to varying degrees perplexed as to both distributism’s aims and methods of implementation. While John Médaille’s five part series on distributism clarified a great deal, the [...]

The Economics of Distributism V: The Practice of Distributism

By |2017-06-20T12:01:03-05:00September 11th, 2010|Categories: Distributism, Economics, Political Economy|Tags: |

Somewhere, the Sage hath said, Philosophy is easy; plumbing is hard. The Sage is correct; we should be suspicious of systems that exist only in the mind, but are never seen on the ground. It is only on the ground that they can be tested, and on those grounds alone we should take our [...]

The Economics of Distributism IV: Property and the Just Wage

By |2017-06-20T11:59:34-05:00September 10th, 2010|Categories: Distributism, Economics, Political Economy|Tags: |

Property and the Just Wage In the last installment, we maintained that the only means to economic equilibrium was the just wage: unless each person gets a fair proportion of the wealth he produces, there will not be enough purchasing power in the mass of men to clear the markets. We noted that in [...]

The Economics of Distributism III: Equity and Equilibrium

By |2017-06-20T10:45:15-05:00September 7th, 2010|Categories: Distributism, Economics, Political Economy|Tags: |

What Does an Economy Do? If what we said in the last installment is correct, then the first task of any humane science is to determine what its purpose is. The indispensable requirement for any economic system is that it must provide the material basis for life for a sufficient number of its citizens [...]

The Economics of Distributism II: Political Economy as a Science

By |2017-06-20T10:46:23-05:00September 3rd, 2010|Categories: Distributism, Economics, Political Economy|Tags: |

Some wag somewhere has remarked that economists suffer from “physics envy.” One could certainly make that charge against W.S. Jevons (1835-1882), one of the founders of marginal economics, when he wrote that a “perfect system of statistics … is the only … obstacle in the way of making economics an exact science”; once the [...]

The Economics of Distributism, Part I

By |2017-06-20T10:47:15-05:00September 2nd, 2010|Categories: Distributism, Economics, Political Economy|Tags: |

Hilaire Belloc (Editor’s Note: My recent essay concerning John Médaille’s book, Toward A Truly Free Market, has sparked a lively discussion concerning Distributism. I believe the subject is worthy of further examination. With permission from John Médaille I am publishing his five part series on Distributism which was originally published on Front Porch [...]

A Fine Book on Political Economy: Toward A Truly Free Market

By |2017-06-16T15:25:17-05:00August 31st, 2010|Categories: Books, Distributism, Economics, Political Economy, W. Winston Elliott III|Tags: |

Our friends at ISI Books have recently published a very interesting new book on the political economy entitled Toward A Truly Free Market. Author John Médaille describes the theme of the book this way: “Economics, or more properly, political economy, cannot be a proper science unless it is a humane science; to be a [...]