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Distributism vs The Failures of Our Age

European Americans United favors economic Distributism such as the British National Party adopted in the 1990’s.

by Frank Roman

Accordingto Distributism, the ownership of the means of production should bespread as widely as possible among the general populace, rather thanbeing centralized under the control of the state (socialism) or a fewlarge businesses or wealthy private individuals (capitalism). Anintriguing definition of distributism is found in Lord Chesterton’sstatement:

“Too much capitalism does not mean too many capitalists, but too few capitalists.”

Distributism distinguishes itself by its distribution of productiveproperty; property which produces wealth such as the things needed forman and his family to survive.This does not extend to all property, but only to productive property. It includes land, tools, etc.. Distributism holds that, while socialism allows no individualsto actually own productive property, since it is all under statecontrol, a community, or workers’ control (unions), and capitalismallows only a few politically influential capitalists to own it,distributism itself seeks to ensure that most people will become owners of productive property on their own.
 As Hilaire Belloc stated, a state that adopts a distributive ability contains “a conglomeration of families of varying wealth, but by far the greater number of owners of the means of production.” Of course this leads to healthy competition in the market place of ideas and production by way of the use of productive property.

Distributism has sometimes been described as a ‘third’ way of economic order — between socialism and capitalism, which to me least sounds utterly impossible in practical terms. However, some have seen it more as a way, at least in theory, to aspire, which has been successfully realized in the short term by commitment to the principles of subsidiarity, such as the Tenth Amendment, and solidarity– like financially independent local co-operatives…ie., farmer’s co-ops.

Above all else, distributism sees the natural trinity of family — one male, one female, and their children — as the central and primary social unit of human ordering and the principal unit of a functioning distributist society and civilization. The family is also the basis of a multi-generational extended family (progeny, descendants), which is embedded in socially as well as genetically inter-related communities, nations, etc., and ultimately in the whole human family past, present and future. The economic system of a society should therefore be focused primarily on the flourishing of the family unit, but not in isolation: at the appropriate level of family context, as is intended in the principle of subsidiarity, again, like the Tenth Amendment. Distributism reflects this doctrine most evidently by promoting the family, rather than the individual, as the basic type of owner. In other words distributism seeks to ensure that most families, rather than most individuals, will be owners of productive property. The family is, then, vitally important to the very core of distributist thought.

In view of the literal economic socialism we see taking shape right before our eyes– federal government bail outs of corrupt financial institutions usinga bottomless advance of credit on our descendant’s (and beyond) own money — itis helpful to understand first and foremost that the federal governmentitself created the problems it now seeks to resolve. Aside from thefact that this ugly transition in our nation’s history is taking placeat the exact moment a self avowed socialist from the littered streetsof Chicago is about to walk into the Oval Office, it would behoove usto finally realize that capitalism and “soft” communism (socialism)have finally merged; having finally dropped all pretense as they drivetoward total control over the American people.

Bothsystems view man and society as purely economic entities; both crushthe human spirit, both lead to enslavement and destruction of cultureand race. If the economic news we are barraged with day by day leaves you feeling uneasy there’s a good reason for it. Find out why by carefully reading this 2007 analysis by EAU Board member Mr. John Young. And don’t hesitate to pass it along, either. Ifyou like the idea of distributive economics then perhaps you willfurther understand why what we are seeing today is so deadly to ourpeople in particular.

Note: Since I am not an expert on economics, and was compelled to tackle the subject anyway, the ‘distributive’ economic system related above is based on Wikipedia’s definition of the term along with private correspondence in condensed form. — FR

2008-11-24

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