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A great primer on Distributism, to be prefaced by Rerum Novarum. Chesterton s usual bombast is freighted a little bit in this one in that he has to keep edging back to particulars he s discussing the economic conditions of the early 1900s, and he s Outlining what he thinks will be a Sane, that is to say sustainable, way of easing the tensions that looked like they were going to rip society apart It s interesting to note that, while Chesterton s impact as a serious thinker has never been seriously entertained, some of what he argued for like supporting sma Chesterton s usual bombast is freighted a little bit in this one in that he has to keep edging back to particulars he s discussing the economic conditions of the early 1900s, and he s Outlining what he thinks will be a Sane, that is to say sustainable, way of easing the tensions that looked like they were going to rip society apart It s interesting to note that, while Chesterton s impact as a serious thinker has never been seriously entertained, some of what he argued for like supporting small businesses as a lifestyle choice and increasing the possibilities for eccentricity as modes of dodging centralization are starting to happen, at least in the popular imagination, here in the early 2000s Some of hisweighty suggestions, as he says of Christianity itself, were not tried and found wanting, but found difficult, and left untried Chesterton thought through quite a few of the issues that we ve been banging our collective capitalist heads against in the financial labyrinth Ultimately, he says, people need to have something real to work for in order to be trusted to work at all Sounds downright reasonable Although Chesterton wrote this book in the early twentieth century, it remains just as relevant today in a world where we continue to see massive consolidation, corporations too big to fail, relentless standardization of the products that shape our lives, and the increasing machine mentality to make the so called medicine go down This book is a summation of an ongoing series of debates that Chesterton engaged in with a range of Capitalists and Socialists on the question of a proposed third alte Although Chesterton wrote this book in the early twentieth century, it remains just as relevant today in a world where we continue to see massive consolidation, corporations too big to fail, relentless standardization of the products that shape our lives, and the increasing machine mentality to make the so called medicine go down This book is a summation of an ongoing series of debates that Chesterton engaged in with a range of Capitalists and Socialists on the question of a proposed third alternative that he and others advocated for, called Distributivism In short, Distributivism is deeply opposed to the tendency to consolidate power that is characteristic of both Capitalism and State Socialism, and instead argues for the radical distribution of the means for individuals to possess and maintain private property and creative enterprises in pursuit of life in a particular place On this approach, Chesterton imagines a flourishing society of small shopkeepers and people that are committed to the land that is able to sustain them In many ways Chesterton s Distributivism shares a number of similarities to an ethic of agrarianism that has been propounded at various times in the United States In both, there is a fascinating criticism of the way in which we relate to modern technology and this should be studied further as we look for ameaningful life than cycles of boom and bust consumption in the 21st century This book is not quite as tight as Orthodoxy was, but nonetheless, every few paragraphs there are deep and penetrating insights that are worth pondering and that make this a worthwhile read from beginning to end Dans son Outline of Sanity Chesterton d fend la validit de la th orie conomique distributiste Les phrases sont toujours tr s plaisantes lire, mais le raisonnement est typique de Chesterton baroque, acrobatique et si au final il a beaucoup de bon sens et qu il a raison, les arabesques litt raires dans lesquelles il se lance et qui lui sont caract ristiques nuisent globalement la clart de son propos Ce livre reste utile si jamais vous tes enracin s dans le capitalisme ou le socialis Dans son Outline of Sanity Chesterton d fend la validit de la th orie conomique distributiste Les phrases sont toujours tr s plaisantes lire, mais le raisonnement est typique de Chesterton baroque, acrobatique et si au final il a beaucoup de bon sens et qu il a raison, les arabesques litt raires dans lesquelles il se lance et qui lui sont caract ristiques nuisent globalement la clart de son propos Ce livre reste utile si jamais vous tes enracin s dans le capitalisme ou le socialisme conomique et que vous avez besoin d un coup de b lier pour voir les d fauts dans votre position Mais pour moi qui esp rais une exposition du distributisme, j ai davantage trouv mon bonheur chez Hilaire Belloc [ Free Epub ] ♷ The Outline of Sanity ♤ As an advocate of Distributism, an early th century school of social thought developed by the author and his colleagues, Chesterton addresses the topics of concentration of wealth, poverty, work, agriculture, machinery, and capital in this famous work He favored distribution of wealth while being antisocialist he advocated ownership of private property while being anticapitalist He argues that the economic order is bound by moral law and that man should be served by the economy rather than serving it This is the type of book that changes how you think about the world This book asks a very simple question are you willing to give up your freedom for security Chesterton shows how both Capitalism and Socialism take freedom from the individual for the promise of security most often false security either physical or material This leads to a broader question is it better to be uncomfortable and free, or comfortable and a slave Chesterton states that men easily accept despotism and slavery This is the type of book that changes how you think about the world This book asks a very simple question are you willing to give up your freedom for security Chesterton shows how both Capitalism and Socialism take freedom from the individual for the promise of security most often false security either physical or material This leads to a broader question is it better to be uncomfortable and free, or comfortable and a slave Chesterton states that men easily accept despotism and slavery We see this acceptance all around us Let us heed the words of this book and once again assert that we are men, and that freedom is worth fighting for This was the third book of the the Mumford and Sons bookclub Wow Will have to check it out I ve read one other Chesterton book and didn t understand it at all so I ll have to try again. To be perfectly honest, I find Chesterton a bit difficult to read That doesn t mean he was a bad writer his style just takes a lot of extra thought and work In other words, don t try to read this before going to bed However, I did find this book fascinating and intriguing Chesterton certainly did not agree with centralized government and government control over everything In our day, we struggle with far too many government regulations over things like farming, small businesses, food, ed To be perfectly honest, I find Chesterton a bit difficult to read That doesn t mean he was a bad writer his style just takes a lot of extra thought and work In other words, don t try to read this before going to bed However, I did find this book fascinating and intriguing Chesterton certainly did not agree with centralized government and government control over everything In our day, we struggle with far too many government regulations over things like farming, small businesses, food, education, and pretty much every other area of society and economics This is not as it should be Where have our freedoms gone You can t even sell raw milk any without expensive certification, just because big government has said raw milk is potentially dangerous what right do they have to meddle in such things Is it the government s job to take away guns, to educate our children, to fund wicked institutions In The Outline of Sanity , Chesterton lays out his vision for Distributism, which is a turning away from big business and big government to small businesses, farms, property ownership, and self government Ultimately, he believed that machines and mass production have not made anybody any happier you can getfor less, sure, but is that the meaning of life He claimed that a peasant in a village, working his own land, buying locally made goods in little stores, is far happier than the man slaving in a factory But Chesterton didn t expect change overnight As he said, Action ought to have been taken long ago, but action can still be taken now Do anything, however small, that will prevent the completion of the work of capitalist combination Save one out of a hundred shops Keep one door open out of a hundred doors for so long as one door is open, we are not in prison the smallest prick will shrivel the biggest balloon If this tendency of our time received anything like a reasonably definite check, I believe the whole tendency would soon begin to weaken in its preposterous prestige Until monopoly is monopolist, it is nothing one stumbling block can be the turning point 89 If we will have the courage to be that stumbling block, great change can be affected for good Chesterton saw the danger of capitalism and government control even a hundred years ago, and it has only grown worse in our day We can t wait any longer Yes, action should have been taken long ago, but it can still be taken now So support small shops, teach self government, live off of your land, and never despise the day of small beginnings Job 8 7, Zechariah 4 10 Chesterton was far ahead of his time, anticipating the need for the buy local trend that wisely supports small farms, craft breweries, Etsy, and other unique products that puncture the banal monopoly of cheap Chinese goods sold by massive stores like Walmart andI finally undstand distributism and agree that men need a stake, some private property to be truly free and dignified Chesterton is too prolix at times and seems to enjoy digressing His lines are so of gems, however I found Chesterton was far ahead of his time, anticipating the need for the buy local trend that wisely supports small farms, craft breweries, Etsy, and other unique products that puncture the banal monopoly of cheap Chinese goods sold by massive stores like Walmart andI finally undstand distributism and agree that men need a stake, some private property to be truly free and dignified Chesterton is too prolix at times and seems to enjoy digressing His lines are so of gems, however I found myself underlining quite a few I really want to like Chesterton I certainly do like many of his ideas on a gut level For instance, the idea of a widespread peasantry is great And he s absolutely right that there is an undeniable spiritual element to the well being of society.For all that, the man just can t let pass the opportunity to use an analogy He piles one on top of another They can be excellent, they can be amusing, they can be elucidating But the sheer volume of them overwhelms.