tirsdag den 8. april 2014

The conservative case against capitalism

Det hel skal ikke være graveri, der skal også være plads til bare at dele lidt læsestof ud. Jeg kan se, jeg de seneste dage har fået en del besøgende fra de to nationalkonservative blog Snaphanen og Uriasposten. Her har i lidt fra den konservative ende af det politiske spektrum til at stimulere hjernen, lidt u-socialistisk kapitalisme-kritik. Fra "The conservative case against capitalism":

Patrimonial capitalism was criticized not as a technical bug in an otherwise benign system, or a managerial problem to be ameliorated by socialist dreams. No, it was criticized in moral terms as a demonic attack on the freedom of the family and an assault upon man's dignity. For Hilaire Belloc and G.K. Chesterton, the English Catholic distributists, the problem wasn't inherited wealth leading to patrimonial capitalism: it was the mass of men being re-impressed into slavery within "the Servile State."..

True freedom, in Belloc's theory of history, came from property..

Belloc views the process of "capitalism" over the century that preceded him as the re-dispossession of the middle-class and peasants of their post-feudal property — the property on which their freedom was made real and effective. For Belloc, asking for the redistribution of a little more gruel did not even begin to make up for this loss:
The masses are kept alive, they are taught by a subsidy in childhood, treated by a subsidy in illness, and maintained by a subsidy in old age, widowhood and incapacity from accident. Soon no one of them may be suffering either hunger or cold or lack of any plain material necessity consonant to the type of civilization in which they live. But their activities are at the mercy of their masters.

For Belloc, real freedom meant not collective ownership through the state, but private property distributed so widely and thoroughly that the bulk of families could provide for themselves. No class would ever be reduced to complete dependence on oligarchs or party apparatchiks. Widely distributed private property would give most people the means to escape the tyranny of the boss (much talked about on the left today) and the tyranny of the managerial state (the bogeyman of the right). ..

Democracy alone was totally inadequate to ensure freedom and dignity. Belloc maintained that crony capitalism was the inevitable result once the wealthy classes had reduced all others to dependency and their full weight of influence corrupted the legislature. A society with well-distributed property would provide a check against the rich and the state both. "The family must have not only power to complain against arbitrary control external to it, but power to make its complaint effective," he wrote.

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