Item description for Beyond Capitalism & Socialism: A New Statement of an Old Ideal by Tobias J. Lanz, Kirkpatrick Sale & John Sharpe...
Explaining the socio-economic theory of distributism, this anthology argues that political, economic, and social liberties and freedom are penalized under both socialism and capitalism. With distributism--and other "third way" alternatives to capitalism--the human person, the family, and the community take precedence over bureaucrats and barons. Society exists for man, not the other way around.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.07" Width: 6.33" Height: 1.01" Weight: 1.05 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2008
Publisher Ihs Press
ISBN 1932528105 ISBN13 9781932528107
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More About Tobias J. Lanz, Kirkpatrick Sale & John Sharpe
Tobias J. Lanz is an adjunct instructor with the department of government and international studies at the University of South Carolina and a contributor to various journals, including "Chronicles" and "The New Oxford Review. "He lives in Columbia, South Carolina. Kirkpatrick Sale is the author of seven books, including "The Conquest of Paradise: Christopher Columbus and the Columbian Legacy, The Green Revolution, Human Scale, "and "Rebels Against the Future: the Luddites and their War on the Industrial Revolution." He is also a contributing editor of "The""Nation" and a board member of the PEN American Center, the E. F. Schumacher Society, and The Learning Alliance of New York City. He lives in Cold Spring, New York. John Sharpe is the cofounder of IHS Press and the coeditor of "Neo-Conned! "and "Neo-Conned! Again."
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A Mixed Bag of Goods Jul 27, 2008
As one might rightly expect with a book composed of a group of essays by different authors, there is substantial variance of quality within the pags of this still important and interesting book. The introductory material by Tobias Lanz, Kirkpatrick Sale, and John Sharpre is really quite excellent. The following essays by Mackey, Cooney, Potter, and Ahlquist are also first rate. And there is much more of great value. But Ederer's essay on Heinrich Pesch is pretty much useless and out of place. And Fahey's absurd little rendering "For the Life of This Pig" is as incongruent in a book about distributist economics as its silly title might suggest.
All told, there is much of value here to the person who sincerely desires to gain added perspective on the Distributist movement. By passing over Ederer and Fahey, the reader will receive a decent introduction to the overall theory. But all of this is really much better presented by Mr. Hilaire Belloc in his magnificent trilogy: "The Servile State", "Economics for Helen", and "An Essay on the Restoration of Property". God bless.
Too much space wasted on "narrative bibliography" Jul 21, 2008
Out of 12 essays in this anthology, only three or four of them really dig into what distributism is, why it is better than capitalism and socialism, how it is linked to Catholic faith, and what it means for us today. These essays are indeed very worthwhile reading that will challenge the reader to think and act differently, seeing that the countercultural life demanded by the Catholic faith extends to the way we approach work, property, and laws affecting the economic sphere.
However, I would describe about half of the book as a "narrative bibliography." These essays are full of references to people and publications that were central to distributism in the 1930s, but they only offer brief glimpses of the content of these writings. They also intertwine Agrarianism with Distributism without any good explanation of why the principles of distributism would mean that most people should return to farming. (The book is also full of unexplained swipes at Vatican II.) This book would have been much better if there was more space devoted to explanation and application and less nostalgia.
Review/Description from ChesterBelloc Mandate Apr 2, 2008
Writing from the perspective of Catholic Social Doctrine, the twelve Catholics who take their stand for an ideal Beyond Capitalism and Socialism are offering an escape to modern man from the horns of the dliemma upon which he is hanging - and upon which he was hung by the makers of the modern world from centuries ago. Rejecting both the collectivist and statist approach to worker security and welfare caretaking, and the even more oppressive laissez-faire conception of modern capitalism in which what's good for business is good for the world, the authors introduce Distributism, Solidarism, and Corporatism as three schools of effectively the same Social Catholic approach to socio-economic life and organization. Offering historical background, principled and theoretical arguments, and some initial ventures into practical suggestions for implementation of this "third way" beyond capitalism and socialism, the essays contained in this volume will engage, inspire, and perhaps even provoke and aggravate as they flesh out a picture of independent owners and yeoman farmers, small business associations, and economic life subortinated to the genuine good of man rather than vice versa. What they wil not do is fail to shatter the left vs. right paradigm into which all modern thinking about economics and society has been forced.