Political theory and Catholic social teaching
I have in my possession a book called Conferences For Men, a book from the early 1900's written for groups like the Holy Name Society. The imprimatur is... 1917 or 1920, I'd have to re-look. Either way, it goes into explanations of doctrines, including Social Teaching, in a manner accessible to most. I've been considering doing some transcribing, and might hit those up first.

As far as Distributism, I cannot get a solid, consistent explanation from people outside of perhaps just the dry concrete which makes up its foundations. Even then, there seems to be disagreement on its mixture. Worse, the manner of implementation is not well-explained. It sounds to me like all the commies, libertarians, etc. when explained; "a vague mist of ethical platitudes," as C.S. Lewis described of Protestantism going bad. And no wonder, for it's merely the ideas of men based on even the notions of truth, but without the test of much beyond fantasy-filled gaps in explanation.

I can lend my support to things if they are cogent beyond the emotion-filled concept stage. At this juncture I don't see a hope for any system before the complete societal collapse necessary to provide the arable land and space for a new crop of destined to failure edibility. Will not man corrupt that which is good, without protection of the Holy Ghost?

Economic theories seem to be bubble gum on leaking ships' breaking bows in the high seas of man's sin-induced chaos.

If the goal is reduction or destruction of poverty in fact, it's going to fail. We'll always have the poor with us.

I look forward to any sources put forth on moving the idea beyond itself into action, and in a way that isn't steeped in fantasy supporting the walls.


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Re: Political theory and Catholic social teaching - by jonbhorton - 07-02-2013, 10:10 AM

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