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Economic Theory and Distributism

“Big Business and State Socialism are very much alike, especially Big Business.”
– G.K.’s Weekly, April 10, 1926

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“[No society can survive the socialist] fallacy that there is an absolutely unlimited number of inspired officials and an absolutely unlimited amount of money to pay them.”
– The Debate with Bertrand Russell, BBC Magazine, Nov. 27, 1935

“A citizen can hardly distinguish between a tax and a fine, except that the fine is generally much lighter.”
– Illustrated London News, May 25, 1931

“Too much capitalism does not mean too many capitalists, but too few capitalists.”
– “The Superstition of Divorce (3),” The Superstition of Divorce

“Price is a crazy and incalculable thing, while Value is an intrinsic and indestructible thing.”
– “Reflections on a Rotten Apple,” The Well and the Shallows

“Business, especially big business, is now organized like an army. It is, as some would say, a sort of mild militarism without bloodshed; as I say, a militarism without the military virtues.”
– “The Drift From Domesticity,” The Thing

“All but the hard hearted man must be torn with pity for this pathetic dilemma of the rich man, who has to keep the poor man just stout enough to do the work and just thin enough to have to do it.”
– “Science and the Eugenists,” Utopia of Usurers

“From the standpoint of any sane person, the present problem of capitalist concentration is not only a question of law, but of criminal law, not to mention criminal lunacy.”
– “A Case In Point,” The Outline of Sanity

“Because a girl should have long hair, she should have clean hair; because she should have clean hair, she should not have an unclean home; because she should not have an unclean home, she should have a free and leisured mother; because she should have a free mother, she should not have an usurious landlord; because there should not be a usurious landlord, there should be a redistribution of property; because there should be a redistribution of property, there shall be a revolution.”
– “Conclusion,” What’s Wrong with the World

“There is only one thing that stands in our midst, attenuated and threatened, but enthroned in some power like a ghost of the Middle Ages: the Trade Unions.”
– “The Meaning of Merry England,” A Short History of England

“[Capitalism is] that commercial system in which supply immediately answers to demand, and in which everybody seems to be thoroughly dissatisfied and unable to get anything he wants.”
– “How to Write a Detective Story,” The Spice of Life

“Our society is so abnormal that the normal man never dreams of having the normal occupation of looking after his own property. When he chooses a trade, he chooses one of the ten thousand trades that involve looking after other people’s property.”
– Commonwealth, Oct. 12, 1932

“The real argument against aristocracy is that it always means the rule of the ignorant. For the most dangerous of all forms of ignorance is ignorance of work.”
– NY Sun, Nov. 3, 1918

“Making the landlord and the tenant the same person has certain advantages, as that the tenant pays no rent, while the landlord does a little work.”
– “Hudge and Gudge,” What’s Wrong with the World

“You can’t have the family farm without the family.”
– “The Unprecedented Architecture of Commander Blair,” Tales of the Long Bow

“I would give a woman not more rights, but more privileges. Instead of sending her to seek such freedom as notoriously prevails in banks and factories, I would design specially a house in which she can be free.”
– “The Modern Slave,” What’s Wrong with the World