18 Pages Posted: 15 Mar 2017
Date Written: March 13, 2017
Distributism, a social program most closely associated with Catholic social teaching, calls for widespread and decentralized property ownership. Much in distributist thought, when considered in light of standard price theory, is simply untenable. But there is also much in distributist thought that is interesting and viable. We discuss the aspects of distributism best discarded, and the aspects that can serve as the foundation for a progressive research program.
Keywords: Catholic social teaching, distributism, price theory, property rights
JEL Classification: A13, B53, P16, Z12
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Callahan, Gene and Salter, Alexander William, Dead Ends and Living Currents: Distributism As a Progressive Research Program (March 13, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2932234 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2932234