Comment 72772

By moylek (registered) - website | Posted January 06, 2012 at 08:21:26 in reply to Comment 72760

Distributism? Somehow I've never heard of it - but am intrigued: "Too much capitalism does not mean too many capitalists, but too few capitalists."

And thanks for the link to the Shaw-Chesterton debate.

I agree with you that Chesterton is raising a non-trivial point. But like Undustrial, I think that if we eliminate one social marker (lice; holey shoes) we will simply find another - or rather, find that another is already there (messy hair; Korn t-shirts).

The only way to come close to getting rid of these damaging social markers is to have the state take over the raising of the children. And to be fair, it needs to be everyone's children, not just those of "the poor." And of course, we are already part of the way there with compulsory K-12 education. All-day kindergarten, JK and universal day care get us a little further along. And maybe state-supervised communal living where necessary, a la Bertrand Russell. And then we achieve paradise: not a workers paradise, but the well-intentioned, middle-class, liberal-minded, wage-earners bourgeois paradise. Which leaves me awash in a mixture of wistfulness and horror.

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