In this powerful excerpt from the encyclical Rerum Novarum, Pope Leo XIII explains man’s natural right to private property, a core belief of the Distributists. 5. It is surely undeniable that, when a man engages in remunerative labor, the impelling reason and motive of his work is to obtain property, and thereafter to hold it… Read More The Right to Private Property: An Excerpt From “Rerum Novarum”
One of the advantages of writing a blog about distributism is the fact that many great thinkers have had something to say about it. The following is a collection of some short quotes from various writers regarding distributism. SUBSIDIARITY “The Land Movement [an early twentieth-century distributist movement] was explicitly based on the cornerstone of Catholic social teaching–social… Read More Thoughts of the Distributists: Vol. 1
Our society is so abnormal that the normal man never dreams of having the normal occupation of looking after his own property. When he chooses a trade, he chooses one of the ten thousand trades that involve looking after other people’s property. –G.K. Chesterton, Commonwealth, 10-12-32 Distributism is an economic theory, proposed as an alternative… Read More What is Distributism?