Notes from the talk:
Richard Aleman (Editor of the Distributist Review) speaking on the Mistake about Distributism
What people think distribustism is and isn’t.
Distributism finds it’s base in the church’s social teaching, Rerum Novarum.
Wide ownership makes the best sense politically.
Neither wage slavery nor slavery to the state.
•It’s just another form of capitalism
•It’s just another form of socialism
•Distributist don’t believe in competition
Distributists believe in cooperation, based on uniqueness, creativity, the competition should be healthy.
•Distribustism is dying
Reprints of older books, and new books are being written
Workers must be seen as a partner, paid a living wage, and have the choice to own if he chooses.
How do we start distributism?
American Chesterton society meetings, talk about it, begin with a study group, using the local Chesterton society’s as a model. Meet once a week to learn the form of distrubutism.
Run for politics, run on a distributist platform.
Examine the failures of your local area. School, politics, parents teach your children distributism. Economics for Helen adapted into the homeschool program.
Working on the Distrubutism Catechism, Q&A
Micro-credit lending, community land trust
•We cannot meet large technological needs, and we can’t regain the farms that were lost
Distributists want to restore localism
Mass production can’t be centralized, but if it’s decentralized, it may work.
Richard speaks very quickly.
A community should produce, the essential goods, the majority of goods, in it’s own community.
If a mass producer collapses, so do we.
If a mass producer leaves a community, and it was the small town’s sole source of employment, the town dies.
Cooperatives, worker-owner businesses are the answers.
Cooperative, is a multi-partnership. The employees are the owners.
Utility, construction, utility companies, insurance, law firms, restore the Made in the USA label.
•you can’t change the current culture
Small business is the life source of this country.