Again, it will be the final consumer than pays the tax. It is a system of mining, of extracting limited resources. I’m curious how Distributism gets around that. Another important concept is “solidarity” or “solidarism”, the recognition of our interconnectedness. I’m sure they have in mind the nuclear, heterosexual, and patriarchal family. Co-operatives of families and guilds (rather than unions) of workers would exist, but anti-trust and tax laws would prevent companies from growing too big.  Where monopolies are necessary, such as public utilities, they would be owned publicly and locally. Grains and livestock are not part of the program – not enough land. Is a competition ‘free’ which the State, this ruler in the civic principle, hems in by a thousand barriers? We had rampant (possibly even worse) inequality under merchantiliism, and before that fuedalism (where ownership and wealth accumulated in families) and before that Roman Imperialism…. People need an idea, a non-violent strategy for economic production and distribution that is different from capitalism. Horticultural societies, which are still found in the tropics, meet all of their family needs sustainably through forest gardens on around an acre as an average. We are all born on the same planet, shouldn’t we be able to freely move and associate with whomever we choose? It is incorrect, or somewhat misleading to say the “average” medieval family required 15 hectares and a vegetable garden. The very POINT and PURPOSE of agrarian civilization is that it acts as an “Entropy Exporting Mechanism” which exports entropy outward away from a privileged central cast. We grow a huge vegetable garden – ok, we don’t produce lettuce in the winter, but we have plenty of canned goods. Capitalism Communism; Meaning: Capitalism is an economic system in which the trade and industry of the economy is owned and controlled by private individuals, to make profit. A good example is Sarvodaya, the term used by Mahatma Gandhi to describe his ideal political philosophy. Agreed. This article will further highlight the differences between Communism, Capitalism and Socialism. Capitalism increases the gap between poor people and rich people. This is what Horticultural societies do. The problem is man’s fallen nature. I will have a look at some of the links posted for more information. Humans are individuals – collectivism just suppresses their natural urges for a while, usually to no positive effect. Well, who enforces the property rights and the guild contracts? Defense will still be required, and that take some kind of organization. 1) We are a social-tribal species, We call this Permaculture “zones” if you’re interested in learning more. He was out of his field. One point of confusion is that capitalism has been conflated with markets  People think that capitalism means people buying and selling things. Social security would be provided by mutual aid societies. With this system, the system of financial influence and control will no longer exist.” I’m not saying I agree wholesale with Fresco’s proposal either. If we look at just the increase in food production that economy of scale is responsible for, we have to ask ourselves whether going back to small farms can match that and thus ensure that everyone is fed. This triumphant dominance was barely challenged until the 2008 financial crisis threw the … And the one coercion government won’t be able to accomplish is to convince people to stop fucking! It was seen as representing the final and irreversible victory of capitalism. But this new system can only come into being as we set aside traditional paradigms. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. We could support a wide variety of specializations, just as is done in modern horticultural societies like the Indian state of Kerala, with the highest health, wellness and educational attainment in India, but India’s lowest “GDP” since everyone is pretty family-reliant and not reliant on conventional trade. I think is is likely to be an organic process, and Distributism might be part of it – if it can withstand other alternatives which will be more authoritarian. The classical dichotomy pitting private property and markets (defined as capital - ism) against national property and central planning (defined as socialism or communism) seems increasingly secondary to critics of capitalism today. If we figure 30% of that 15 hectares went into tithing, that is still a lot of land. This most likely was what America was like before the industrial revolution. I suspect Catholic social theory informed this idea, and that only heterosexual couples and their children were envisioned as worthy participants. In 10,000 years we have not produced one example of a just and sustainable agrarian civilization and for good reason! Permaculturists Bill Mollison framed this as being able to provide for a settlement from within the settlement and a 50 ft ring around the settlement (which is larger by area for a larger settlement!) After decades of seeing political revolution as the only starter, I have come to believe that the first and overall guiding principle of replacing an unjust economic system is non-cooperation with the current order. My thanks to NaturalPantheist, whose essay, “Pagan Political Economy”, inspired me to learn more about distributism. My 1999 book “Jobs of Our Own: Building a Stakeholder Society’ explored the Distribiutist idea in some detail – where it originated, how it developed over time and the evolved form in which it has been brought to fruition though the great complex of worker-owned enterprises that is centred on Mondragon in the Basque region of Spain. Man’s desire to make great things, have great sex, push past the boundaries will be tempered more and more until the desire for freedom can’t be quelled anymore and wham!
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