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To: Clarence

There’s a lot of misunderstanding about the Catholic concept of distributism, which is NOT a redistribution of wealth, as so many think.

Here’s just the first couple sentences from wikipedia about what it actually is:

“Distributism (also known as distributionism or distributivism) is an economic philosophy that developed in Europe in the late 19th and early 20th century, based upon the principles of Catholic social teaching, especially the teachings of Pope Leo XIII in his encyclical Rerum Novarum and Pope Pius XI in Quadragesimo Anno.
According to distributists, property ownership is a fundamental right and the means of production should be spread as widely as possible among the general populace, rather than being centralized under the control of the state (state socialism) or by accomplished individuals (laissez-faire capitalism). Distributism therefore advocates a society marked by widespread property ownership and, according to co-operative economist Race Mathews, maintains that such a system is key to bringing about a just social order.”

It’s easier to think of it as what capitalism used to be, before the time of the robber barons, a much healthier form of capitalism, with small businesses forming the bulk of manufacture, and not one huge corporation, or the government, owning it and running it all.


45 posted on 05/16/2013 9:38:21 AM PDT by Clarence
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To: Clarence
Distributism therefore advocates a society marked by widespread property ownership

Of course one of the tenets of property ownership is the right to sell such property to someone else, and in that lies the rub.

50 posted on 05/16/2013 10:18:12 AM PDT by dfwgator
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