1. One of the reasons why I have to date kept my peace and held my tongue on your entries on Distributivism in particular and economics in general is that, due to my repugnance for the term “political science”, I had long been reluctant to study the subject. Nonetheless, I have lately come to see that there is much value in classical and modern political, economic, and legal theory, so as the Brits would say, as an autodidact and opsimath, I am undertaking a self-tuition in that theory, starting with Plato and Aristotle, and working my way forward.

    That said, as a former Objectivist (between ages 15 and 17) and a recovering libertarian, and having been an inquiring Catholic (Roman and Eastern), for the last two score years, I at least know that there is a difference between Catholic Social Doctrine and classical liberalism, as well as its descendent, libertarianism. I thank you for your efforts at more clearly pointing out that distinction. And when I feel that I have something to add to the conversation, I certainly shall.

    1. Yeah, this is sort of a self-imposed penitential rite borne out of my own guilty conscience for having been on the frontlines of libertarian advocacy with respect to certain areas of the law. (I am ashamed I even taught my students that stuff.) I can at least say, by the end of my academic run, that I had become circumspect enough about Law & Economics and the libertarian ideology which animates much of it that I would at least open the floor to other paradigms and schools of thought. I think, at that time, I had transitioned into my “Wilhelm Roepke and Ordoliberalism” phase — a halfway house to Distributism, I suppose.

      With that said, I probably am, in some respects, a half-hearted Distributist if only because I don’t believe it is the only way ordained by Catholic Social Teaching. I do worry that some put too much behind Distributism only without considering other models presented by faithful Catholics. For example, Fr. Pesch’s Solidarism receives scant attention today compared to Distributism. (What that means is that I probably should devote more space to it here!)

  2. Even during the most Dickensian days of the Industrial revolution, the farm workers flocked to the factories because the pay was better and starvation was ABOLISHED as a perennial national event. – John C. Wright

    Oh boy, I see we’re dealing with some versed in the Tom Wood’s “skool of herstory.” For Wright I imagine his “study of economics” entailed little more than reading some Mises Institute agitprop.

  3. Always about Envy with these people. But a word about the destructive effects of Greed or Pride which are rampant in our economic system? Nada. Those are virtues now.

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