There’s an article in the Washington Post on distributism – and a counselor of David Cameron who is pushing it:
“What we are creating in our society is a new model of serfdom,” Blond declared Friday (Oct. 14) in a lecture at New York University. “The rhetoric of free markets has not produced free markets; it has produced closed markets,” and the nation’s “social capital” is declining, leaving behind isolated individuals and fractured families who must depend on Washington for support.
With a flurry of charts, Blond graphically demonstrated the breakdown of both social norms and the family unit — and the growth of government to address those ills — as well as the dominance of corporations and the rich in the current economy.
It’s a result of an “oscillation between extreme collectivism and extreme individualism,” Blond argued. Both are manifestations of the same impulse: a concentration of power first in the state and then in the markets. And both those liberal and conservative “orthodoxies” have led to the same society-destroying outcome.
Or, as he put it more bluntly, libertarianism on both the left and the right “produced an economy where people thought you could screw each other and everybody would get rich.”
“Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party are essentially different expressions of the same phenomenon,” Blond said. Both are angry at the concentration of power, but both are on rocky ground when they demand salvation from either the gods of the market or government.
Distributism, Blond argues, calls for going smaller and more local in search of solutions (music to the ears of classic conservatives) while leaving the central government to build the infrastructure and guarantee basics like education and health care (ideas that would warm any bleeding heart).
Little wonder that Blond has adopted the moniker of a “Red Tory,” or what Americans might call the “Red Right,” or perhaps “Tea Party Socialism.”