The connection between Distributism and Libertarian economics

I’m probably never going to find the perfect words to explain this, so after many false starts it’s going to be worth doing badly, because it’s worth doing.

The most ruthless Free-Market economics, the greatest attachment to price and incentive over command and control, the most thorough abandonment of hierarchy and oversight is more consistent with the Distributist vision than even that of the Anarcho-Capitalists. The giant corporations are holes in the market, they don’t use price coordination or free exchange internally, and as a consequence they are what we know them to be: Horrible things. We know that the Dilberts of the world are right about their own workplaces, not merely in terms of misery, but in terms of inefficiency and incompetence. Economies of scale, to the extent that they exist, provide efficiency merely so that the increased output can be absorbed in valueless activity that benefits only those with power within the organization.

I worked for a multimillion dollar corporation last year, at least it was capitalized in the millions according to its stock valuation. On the other hand, the company hadn’t posted a profit in eight quarters when I left. Reforms were more or less constant, but also more or less routine. The fact is that the profit motive didn’t exist for this capitalist enterprise; we consistently posted profits and dividends of zero for our shareholders, but we weren’t dead, because we sure as hell continued cutting huge paychecks to our executives. And who’s really in the driver’s seat, owners, or managers? Continue reading


A New Year’s Prayer

Lord and Father, look not upon our iniquities,
But hear our prayer in light of your exceeding love and mercy.
Thank you for another year past, secure from hunger and cold,
That we have not been struck down by disease or sword,
That our roofs stood firm and our bodies sound
Through these dark days.

Thank you for the innumerable joys of life you have provided,
And forgive us for those we have neglected to enjoy.
Thank you for the embraces of those we loved this year,
Thank you for what we have learned and achieved.
Thank you Lord for watching over the cities,
For building the houses beside us.
Thank you Lord for your unfailing virtue,
Visible above our sins like the sun seen from the ocean’s depths.

Lord please grant us another year of rain sufficient to feed our children.
Please sustain our hands with strength for the work ahead,
And sustain our hearts in the wisdom of your Word.
Please grant that our labors bear fruit, please guide our minds to wise labors.
Please Lord, shower upon us poor sinners the same undeserved gifts
Which you have so richly showered on our sinner fathers.
And let not our entanglements hinder your mercies,
O God of heaven.

Glory to God in the Highest,