Distributism – An Economic Alternative

I am re-posting this from Jesus Radicals, because much of it reminds me of the root values of early Anabaptism. We have to ask ourselves, as Christians, “How do we live out our faith as workers? How do we work toward a Kingdom model of equity?”
http://www.jesusradicals.com/on-distributism-part-1-distributism-made-ridiculously-simple/

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4 thoughts on “Distributism – An Economic Alternative

  1. I can’t get past the misunderstandings of economics in the first few paragraphs.

    She’s completely misunderstood capitalism, and gone on to define the capitalist economy the way that Marx did.

    • I think she summarized capitalism quite well, although she’s a little confused on mercantilism. Capitalism is based on seeing everything as a commodity; it is a philosophy of consumption. The natural world has no value in capitalism except as raw material, or as an experience to be exploited. This is in opposition to traditional Christian philosophy, that the natural world is a reflection of its Creator, and deserves honour and consideration over and above its utility. A mountain, from a capitalist viewpoint, is useful for the minerals that lie under it, or the forest that grows on it, or as a “wild” experience for urban people who can afford to travel to a wild area, rent accomodations there, and pay a guide to explain it to them. Human beings, under a captitalist system, are labour, a commodity, and have no utility merely as the image of the Creator.

  2. Magdalena,

    Oh man!! This is brilliant!!!!! I have been a distributist since I first learnt about it 2 years or so ago now – in great admiration of Chesterton and Day!!!!!! It is a wonderful yet so very simple model – though many on the ‘right’ mistakenly label Subsidiarity ‘socialism lite’ – its nothing of the sort… An excellent post and something I have been quietly waiting in the wings to see if you would tackle …Thank you, thank you, thank you.

    blessings,

    Sarah.

    • It is a humane philosophy, and I think the way Christian theology and economic philosophy is headed. Its roots are very much in both the monastic and Anabaptist traditions.

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