If you listen to the
apologists of capitalism, there is one thing they consistently argue
for when they rail against things like socialism or even
distributism; the Free Market. They say that they believe that the
Market should determine what products and services succeed and fail
without artificial support or suppression from the government.
Customers should be free to decide what products and services they
want to buy and it is up to the producers and service providers to
convince consumers to choose theirs instead of others. It is
interesting to note those cases where they not only fail to support
this idea, but actively work against it.
Publishing is often a pain and a drain, but it is not without a
few pleasures. When I started ACS Books as an arm of the American
Chesterton Society, it was fun to bring some titles into print that
did not fall into any known category, which meant that nobody else
was likely to publish them anyway. In general, writers are creative;
publishers are not. Being a writer myself, I probably don’t think
enough like a publisher. Which is why my publishing arm is part of a
non-profit organization. And so I have had the privilege of
publishing the firstever biography of Frances (Mrs. Gilbert) Chesterton, an
annotated version of Hilaire Belloc’s oddball masterpiece TheFour Men (with notes provided by Deacon Nathan Allen,
who along with three others, recreated Belloc’s famous
fictional-factional walk across Sussex), a creative and unexpected
explanation of the Catholic faith under the cover of TheCatechism of Hockey, and a hilarious piece of crime fiction
called GetLouie Stigs about a low-level mob figure who gets
convicted of fraud and sentenced to … a monastery. You should read
The Church has
always concerned itself with issues of justice in society, and popes
have taught extensively on the topic since the late 1800s.
Unfortunately, many Catholics in our day are not aware of this
teaching, or only consider it in regard to things like helping the poor.
Helping the poor is a very important aspect of it, but the scope of
the Church’s teaching on matters of social justice go much further.
Any aspect of social life which involves questions of ethics or
morality fall within the scope of this teaching. Thomas Storck’s
new book, An Economics of Justice & Charity, is a guide
that shows how the Church’s teaching is very clear, has never
changed, and definitely applies to areas of social life like