OverviewA landmark work in European social thought, this reference provides a unique alternative to how property distribution is planned by socialist states and how it naturally occurs in capitalist societies. The study attempts to rectify the wrongs in both major economic theories by approaching the problem from an entirely new angle, drawing on Christian and Catholic social thought in which basic truths regarding society and human nature are applied to socioeconomics. Marking a key point in the history of economic theory, this fundamental guide clearly illustrates the influence of religion and philosophy on social thought as well as their practical application to societal questions.
Reviews"IHS is to be commended . . . for another recent reprint of an important Belloc work." —Scott J. Bloch, director, Hilaire Belloc Society
"This book deserves widespread readership." —John Miller, editor, Social Justice Review
"Commended for bringing faith-based alternative texts once more into the public arena as a basis for informed debate." —Peter Mercer, writer, Social Crediter
"A fine new edition." —Wanderer
"[Does] us all, Catholics as well as the average human being, a lot of good." —Dr. Jean-Francois Orsini, editor, St. Antoninus Newsletter
"Belloc's essay will be both illustrative and instructive." —Tom Allen, editor, catholicexchange.com
Author BiographyHilaire Belloc was the literary editor of the Morning Post and was elected to the House of Commons in 1906. He was the author of A Change in the Cabinet, The French Revolution, The History of England, Mr. Clutterbuck's Election, and The Party System as well as a series of historical biographies on Charles II, James II, Napoleon, Oliver Cromwell, Richelieu, and Wolsey. John Sharpe is a doctoral fellow in the history department of the University of Delaware. He lives in Norfolk, Virginia.
This short work is a program for property distribution as an alternative to how it is planned by socialist states or naturally happens in capitalist societies. It is a landmark of European social thought, attempting to rectify the wrongs in both of the major economic theories by approaching the problem from an entirely new angle. The essay is thus an anticapitalist and antisocialist work of Christian and Catholic social thought in which basic truths about society and human nature are applied to socioeconomics. It is a manifesto and a program for the Distributist League, of which Belloc and G. K. Chesterton were the primary figures. It marks a key point in the history of economic thought, and it is a fundamental text illustrating the influence of religion and philosophy on social thought and their practical application to societal questions.
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Hilaire Belloc (Author)
Hilaire Belloc began his academic career with a lecture tour of the United States in 1892. He became literary editor of the Morning Post and was elected to the House of Commons in 1906. He wrote several novels, such as Mr. Clutterbuck's Election a...More about Hilaire Belloc