About DistributismThe 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 who own the majority of property and hire labor to work on it. 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 according to the principle of Subsidiatiry over the current trend of increasing the power and scope of centralized government.
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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.