Possessive Individualism: Can We Really Own Ourselves?

By |2016-07-26T15:35:24-05:00December 20th, 2013|Categories: Economics, John Locke, Liberalism, Politics|Tags: |

The bedrock principle of all Liberalism, whether of the Right or the Left, is Locke’s assertion that “every man has a Property in his own Person.” It is from this principle that Murray Rothbard can assert, “The right to self-ownership asserts the absolute right of each man, by virtue of his (or her) being a [...]

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 stand. [...]

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 [...]

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 so [...]

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 statistics [...]

The Economics of Distributism

By |2020-02-28T15:32:37-06:00September 2nd, 2010|Categories: Distributism, Economics, Political Economy|Tags: |

Property in the hands of labor is freedom. Labor in the hands of property is slavery.—Dmitri Kleiner From the earliest days of Distributism, distributists have exhibited a certain lack of interest in economics. This is a rather odd stance for the adherents of an economic theory. Distributism was defended generally on moral and social grounds, [...]

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 humane [...]

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