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By Hilaire Belloc, John Sharpe

This brief paintings is a software for estate distribution instead to the way it is deliberate through socialist states or clearly occurs in capitalist societies. it's a landmark of eu social concept, trying to rectify the wrongs in either one of the key fiscal theories through drawing close the matter from a completely special approach. The essay is hence an anticapitalist and antisocialist paintings of Christian and Catholic social idea within which uncomplicated truths approximately society and human nature are utilized to socioeconomics. it's a manifesto and a software for the Distributist League, of which Belloc and G. ok. Chesterton have been the first figures. It marks a key element within the heritage of financial idea, and it's a basic textual content illustrating the impression of faith and philosophy on social proposal and their functional program to societal questions.

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The cost of managing a quantity of little savings bank accounts, for instance, is out of all proportion greater than the cost of handling large balances and in point of fact we always find, in the modern capitalistic system, that the first small beginnings of savings are offered lower rewards than the larger ones. The Post Office gave no more than half the rate of the State after the war, and the Savings Certificates were calculated at a rate lower than that of the main national loans. 6. The effect of plutocracy in corrupting the legislative machine needs in theory no demonstration, for we all know nowadays that such corruption is ubiquitous, and nowhere does it work with greater force than under a parliamentary system.

Hilaire Belloc 43 must ultimately produce the rule of ownership by a few, yet it is also true that mankind has always felt this to be the danger, has instinctively safeguarded itself against that danger by the setting up of institutions for the protection of small property, and that these institutions have never broken down of themselves, but always and only under the conscious action of a deliberately hostile attack. So the carefully planned irrigation of the Tigris and Euphrates3 combatted with success the natural tendency of the swamp and the desert till the Mongol deliberately destroyed such safeguards of civilization.

28 The Restoration of Property does citizenship. The cells of the body politic are atrophied and the mass of men have not even, at last, an opinion of their own, but are moulded by the few who retain ownership of land and endowments and reserves. So property is essential to a full life, though it is debatable whether a full life is to be aimed at. There may be some who dislike freedom for themselves. There are certainly many who dislike it for others, but, at any rate, freedom involves property.

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