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The Outline of Sanity Paperback – September 1, 2002
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“The time is ripe for American Catholics to be introduced to G. K. Chesterton.” —Barbara E. Rose, cruxnews.com
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“At once enduring, topical, and brilliant.” —New Oxford Review
“A truly rich book! It is full of unique wisdom that applies as much today as when it was first written.” —David Rockett, president, the Agrarian Foundation
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Having dipped into this book, which reprints articles on that subject, however, I realize Distributism wasn't his hobby horse; it was his passion and his soul. It also strikes me as the best idea to come down the pike in about a hundred years, and if you want to call Chesterton a prophet (small 'p'), here's good reason for doing so. In other words, long before Marshall McLuhan, (an avid student of Chesterton) he said the medium is the message. In still other words, he said something I'm always saying, vote with your wallet. He even advocated the radical idea of making your own media choices.
In "The Bluff of the Big Shops" he points out that no matter how enticing a megoplis super mega store may be, you still always have the option to shop at small mart. In this book, first published in 1926, he meditated on the future of the then relatively recent, newly mass-produced Ford car. What Chesterton stands up for is private property and private enterprise. Although this sounds almost the same as free trade and free enterprise, to Chesterton there is an important distinction. One means the right of the wealthy to do what they like, and the other the right of the poor to do anything at all. His meaning is closer to the original draft of the American document, recognizing the right to life, liberty, and ownership of property.
I got this book through the American Chesterton Society, although I'm happy to see it's also on Amazon.Read more ›
Chesterton described Big Capitalism as a system whereby monopolists used a corrupt parliament and a corrupt legal system to condemn land and property to control economic activities and concentrate vast wealth in the hands of a few plutocrats. He described Big Capitalism as a system where the very wealth concentrated wealth in the pockets of a few while economic despoiling most people. He described Big Communism as a system where no one could have pockets because a politically powerful oligarchy of party hacks would run the economy and use and abuse the mass of people.
Chesterton also critisized the Machine Age, but he did not critisize machines or technology. Chestertoned that unfair and corrupt legislation resulted in Big Capitialism having access to factories and machines. He also noticed that the economic situation in Great Britain resulted in idle machines since so many men were unemployed. In other words, what good were machines without men to work them.Read more ›
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This is a provocative and fascinating early 20th century argument for the forgotten economic theory of distributism. Read morePublished on October 21, 2013 by Transcendental Thomist
This book is a wonderful read and is recommended to any who have an interest in politics, sociological anthropology, theology, or psychology.Published on December 11, 2012 by Charles Ritter