Dead Ends and Living Currents: Distributism As a Progressive Research Program

18 Pages Posted: 15 Mar 2017  

Gene Callahan

SUNY Purchase College

Alexander William Salter

Texas Tech University - Rawls College of Business

Date Written: March 13, 2017

Abstract

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

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

Gene Callahan

SUNY Purchase College ( email )

735 Anderson Hill Road
Purchase, NY 10577
United States

Alexander William Salter (Contact Author)

Texas Tech University - Rawls College of Business ( email )

Lubbock, TX 79409
United States

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