January 10th, 2013Distributism in a Nutshellby Joseph Pearce
Although Chesterton quipped that distributism could be summarized as three acres and a cow, it is not true that distributism can be summarized or dismissed as "everyone gets one cow apiece".
In a nutshell (however inadequate): The possession of productive property, i.e. land and capital, is an essential guarantor of economic and political freedom for the individual and the family. As such, a society in which many people possess such property is more just and more free than a society in which few people possess such property. In practical terms, this means that an economy comprised of many small businesses is better than an economy comprised of few big businesses. The same principle applied to politics means that a society comprised of many small governments, i.e. revitalized local governments, is more just than a society comprised of one big government separated from the needs of local people by its size and its geographical distance from them.