Practical Distributism was established in 2009 by David W. Cooney. Its purpose is to present the economic and political ideas of distributism to those interested in learning more about it, whether or not they agree with the ideas or positions presented. The views expressed in the articles are those of the authors and are presented to further the discussion of distributist principles.
The general publication schedule is the first and third Thursday of each month. In months with five Thursdays, there will usually be an additional publication on the last Monday.
The basic premise of distributism is that society as a whole is better off if the means of production are privately owned by a lot of people who do the work rather than owned by a small percentage of the people. Independent, locally owned small businesses and farms are the bedrock of a strong and stable economy. Large businesses would best benefit the larger community if they were cooperatives. Local, cooperatively owned financial institutions like credit unions serve communities better than large corporate banking institutions. Distributism also advocates the devolution of government authority to the local community over the current trend of increasing the power and scope of centralized government.
Practical Distributism does not promote any political party, candidate or campaign. Any references to policies or positions are intended to be in regard to their compatibility with distributism and do not represent any form of campaigning for or against any party or candidate.