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PostSubject: G.K. Chesterton and distributism   Tue 10 May 2016, 22:06

Reading at home a Dutch translation of "Father Brown" of Chesterton.
It is now some fifty years ago that I read the book for the first time.
49 little novels in total.
I read now the introduction of the translated book by Godfried Bomans.
Godfried is also a well-known author from whom we even learned at school in our literary lessons.
He makes a review of the life of Chesterton and his views.
And their I was surprized, while I thought that Chesterton was a dectective novelist, while I now learned how polimist he was and intellectual debater contemporary to Bernard Shaw and Hilaire Belloc.
And now by further research I came to:

Chesterton seems to be in the middle between dogmatisms and for tolerance and common sense and good life as opposed to the dogmatist views of life...

And now occasionally I read in the wiki about Distributism about a Dorothy Sayers and old memories reappear also of some fifty years ago: I read a detective story from her, but can remember the title and it was in Dutch translation...
If I remember it well, it ended that the inspector detect that he victim instead of to be murdered by hanging on a rope in fact was by circumstances lurred into commiting suicide. And the inspector is at the end detecting this fact as he is also by the same track of events led to hang himself at the same rope...
Or was that a novel of Ellerly Queen...?

Kind regards, Paul.
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PostSubject: Re: G.K. Chesterton and distributism   Sat 14 May 2016, 22:09

Reading more about Chesterton and "distributism" I understand that the Cartesian and logical Nordmann rears up...

In fact when reading about "distributism" I came obligatory to the mentioning of "corporatism"
And there I studied the Fascist corporatism as part of my study of the Flemish Fascists of the beween the two wars period. In fact Mussolini and many others, the Nazis, VNV, Verdinaso, Rex in Belgium, later Romania too if I remember it well,  deformed the early tendencies of the Catholic Corporatism into some state controled dictatorship...and in that smirched the original reaction and alternative to Socialism...

But nevertheless het Catholic corporatism reappeared after WWII as neo-corporatism:
from Wiki:
During the post-World War II reconstruction period in Europe, corporatism was favoured by Christian democrats (often under the influence of Catholic social teaching), national conservatives, and social democrats in opposition to liberal capitalism. This type of corporatism became unfashionable but revived again in the 1960s and 1970s as "neo-corporatism" in response to the new economic threat of recession-inflation.
Neo-corporatism favoured economic tripartism which involved strong labour unions, employers' unions, and governments that cooperated as "social partners" to negotiate and manage a national economy.[22] Social corporatist systems instituted in Europe after World War II include the ordoliberal system of the social market economy in Germany, the social partnership in Ireland, the polder model in the Netherlands, the concertation system in Italy, the Rhine model in Switzerland and the Benelux countries, and the Nordic model in Scandinavia.
Attempts in the United States to create neo-corporatist capital-labor arrangements were unsuccessfully advocated by Gary Hart and Michael Dukakis in the 1980s. Robert Reich as U.S. Secretary of Labor during the Clinton administration promoted neo-corporatist reforms.[42]"

In my opinion is this the most logical model for the greatest concertation and benefit of all. But as it is still limited to single countries international capitalism will always try to escape to less demanding countries and with even their "legal" money to tax free paradises out of the juridiction of the country involved.
It is only if the whole worldcommunity?, the G20? or some other body can regulate that neo-corporatism on world level, that we can speak of a real progress...
No Socialism is no solution...as my parents, middle class, free enterprize, said in the time...give it to a Socialist management to destroy a good working free enterprize in only some years....
As for capitalism...their aim is making profits for the share holders...and contributing as less money to the state as possible, evading with the money to a tax free heaven...looking for everytime new markets where labour is less expensive and the social costs are less than in the social democracies...

Kind regards, Paul.
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