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Distribustism is Progressively Modern

Too long has idle talk made out of Distributism as something medieval and myopic, as if four modern popes were somehow talking nonsense when they said:

  • the law should favor widespread ownership (Leo XIII);
  • land is the most natural form of property (Leo XIII and Pius XII);
  • wages should enable a man to purchase land (Leo XIII and Pius XI);
  • the familyis most perfect when rooted in its own holding (Pius XII);
  • agriculture is the first and most important of all the arts and
  • the tiller of the soil still represents the natural order of things willed by God (Pius XII)

Dorothy Day quoting Joseph T. Nolan from Orate Fratres in Catholic Worker, July-August 1948