Category Archives: Distributism

Ramz Paul Is a Distributist!

Note he says an Eastern European girl told him Communism and Capitalism are two sides of the same coin. And he says Switzerland can do this because it’s fairly homogenous. Though I’m not a progressive eugenicist, note that more than homogeneity is at issue here.

GK Chesterton, from the far west of Europe, once wrote:

There is nothing in front but a flat wilderness of standardization either by Bolshevism or Big Business. But it is strange that some of us should have seen sanity, if only in a vision, while the rest go forward chained eternally to enlargement without liberty and progress without hope.

There might be a better Chesterton quote, but that works.

I’m wary of guaranteeing money. Who would work? And Aristotle argued charity should be voluntary to encourage virtue. I suppose there’s always workfare (Paul speaks of useless government jobs. We might as well have them digging and refilling holes in the ground.)

However, the desire to preserve a middle class and reduce the extreme wealthy as well reduce the power capitalists have in our societies is a positive even if the means isn’t yet quite right. Some will argue societies pursuing raw Social Darwinism will get ahead, but a tendency in some countries is for only a small pool to even have opportunities. So, a distributist society could in theory pull from a larger pool of work.

In the US I like the policy of stopping immigration and protecting US industry, so that labour demand rises naturally. The rest of the world might then grow impoverished, but we’d be fine. Global resources are limited, and those who lack industry will trade raw materials. The state could wither away. At least protectionism would have worked when the US still had industry to protect.

Distributism in Britain – Rise of the Red Tories

I haven’t really thought much of British Tory leader David Cameron largely because of what I had heard of him he sounded like nothing more than cheap copy of Tony Blair.

However after reading these particular articles “Cameron and American Conservatism” from the website The Other Right
and “A Distributish View of the Economic Crisis” by Allan Carlson at Front Porch Republic makes one believe that perhaps Cameron could provide a path for the right to follow that he may take himself in Great Britian. Elections are scheduled for next year. We’ll see.

The wellspring of youth and the great debate

There’s big crosswebsite debate between proponents of a bailout for the auto industry and those opposed on Takimag and Chronicles (unfortunately yours truly is caught in the middle).  Here’s the links: 1, 2, 3, 4, . Feel free readers and editors to chime in with your thoughts.

Speaking of Takimag.com TAC editor Dan McCarthy just wrote an article for a new conservative youth movement akin to the old YAF that helped get Barry Goldwater nominated in 1964.

Included in the article is a link to the paleoliberal blog Left Conservative.org. Check it out.

Professor Médaille Explains the Banking Crisis

Professor

[M]any of the “assets” that the banks hold are not real assets and hence do not have real value; they are largely derivatives, that is, side bets placed on the movement of some particular market, say interest rates or housing values. Right now, everybody is knows that housing values are in the tank—and are likely to get worse—and both the mortgages and the derivatives are not worth much, and certainly not worth their nominal values.

Since the banks’ assets are not worth anything, the banks are insolvent and can’t make loans. Continue reading

Why Southern pride must die

If you’ve ever wondered what stokes anti-Southern hatred, here’s a short but powerful explanation. It’s from The Big Box Swindle, a book I’ve previously mentioned. Here, this eye-opening expose of the hidden costs of the megachains analyzes how local small businesses and citizens successfully prevent the big boxes from sucking the life out of their downtowns:

Today, who prevails in a big-box fight often hinges on how local residents conceive of themselves. Opponents of these projects appeal to people’s broad sense of being citizens and stewards of their community, which is why they often choose names like “Our Town.” Chain retailers, on the other hand, win by getting people to assume the narrow role of consumer and to see the issue as simply a matter of shopping options. Although dominant today, this consumer identity is a relatively recent invention; it only became a powerful force in American politics in the years after World War II. p. 205

Isn’t that exactly why Southerners are targeted by the multicult/globalists? Continue reading

Closing the ‘Collapse Gap’

Prepare to have your illusions of security shattered. This is the most jarring, as well as the most important, article I’ve seen in years, and readers of this blog will know I don’t toss such claims lightly.

Here’s the thesis: All empires fail. The Soviet Union was better positioned to fail than the United States, which has almost zero resources to rely on when systemic failure hits. Continue reading

Molding the Powers that Be

Ron Paul has become famous for his unyielding almost contumacious refusal to vote for legislation that violates the Constitution, so much so that he’s earned the nickname “Dr. No” and the respect of paleos across America. Paleos, like Dr. No, are as Dr. Francis writes, “virtually defined by their adherence to the Old Republic established by the original and real Constitution.”

However, paleos are ‘defending’ a Constitution that has long been dead. Continue reading