At the heart of distributist theory is the conviction that widespread ownership is what most people actually want. Distributists don’t want to coerce anyone into becoming owners; we want to remove the coercions that currently prevent most people from becoming owners. In theory, all adults in Western societies are already free to become their own economic masters; in reality, a myriad of coercive tactics keep most economic control in a few hands. Although we should work on the political side to end these coercions (for instance, the current government tax breaks, bailouts, and outright subsidies to large corporations), the main distributist focus is always on widespread, personal action. We can do much more than we’re doing with the freedoms we still have, especially our choices in how we shop and how we work.
Notes & Queries:
Thomas Möllenbeck and Berthold Wald (eds), Wahrheit und Selbstüberschreitung. C. S. Lewis und Josef Pieper über den Menschen. Review by Arend Smilde, pp. 111-16
Peter Miller, The Lion, the Witch, and the Extraordinary Perspective in C. S. Lewis. Review by Shannon C. Coker, pp. 117-19
Paul E. Kerry (ed.), The Ring and the Cross: Christianity and The Lord of the Rings. Review by Shaun Blanchard, pp. 120-23
Gary L. Tandy, The Rhetoric of Certitude: C.S. Lewis’s Nonfiction Prose. Review by Simon Vaughan, pp. 124-26