jueves, 11 de diciembre de 2008

The Austrian School Declares War Upon Distributism

Acá hay un enlace a un artículo que me da bastante rabia.

¡Qué lo leas y después te rías conmigo! ¿Por cuál razón será que les cuesta tanto enterder la perspective nuestra?????

What's Wrong With Distributism?

7 comentarios:

Old Fashioned Liberal dijo...

I don't think that Thomas Woods dislikes Distributism so much as sees a bug in the system: namely that if everyone has to have a small business, big business cannot do one good thing that it is good at: bring in a lot of resources from a lot of places to do a big thing, like employ thousands of people or bring in resources from all over the world. He says nowhere that small business should not be increased, merely that big business should not be discouraged. I actually found his title quite inappropriate, as he was speaking more agianst regulation of business than against distributism.

Tengo una idea excellente! Vamos a imaginar una systema de Distributism sin regulaciones gobiermentos!

Old Fashioned Liberal dijo...

A score for Distributism! Read on.

Una cosa que Woods no recuerdo poner en su articulo fue que si Distributism en Ingles (England) fue use (had been used; I haven't learned past subjunctive yet) correctamente, la populacion fue tenga (would have had) bastante comida durante el Revolucion Industrial. Isabella de Ingles uso la Iglesia de Ingles a tomo croplands (no se en espanol) de la Iglesia Catolica. Los hombres cual recibaron los croplands cultivaron animales, no granos. Animales tiene menos comida de granos y loss humanos pobres tuvaron menos comida y dinero.

don pedro dijo...

That's sort of the point. Big business makes everyone dependent on a very few. and those jobs can easily dissappear if the company goes under/moves out and then what do you do. Little businesses guard against this traumatic posibility (case in point, what Detroit might be like very soon)

you should go visit the Distributist review page to read about Fábrica Sin Patrones. If I can tell properly, this is a perfect example of Distributism in action, but I'm not sure, it could be socialist under a moderate guise. Since I don't know how they divied up the factory yet, I can't be sure. but it does seem rather Distributist. =)

Old Fashioned Liberal dijo...

You do know what the austrian would say to your objection, correct?

"If the company goes under it either will be replaced by an equivalent company (or a host of small equivalent companies, which ought to satisfy both the austrian and the distributist) that is more efficient (In which case you are siding with ineffeciency) or the good that it produced has been superseded by a better good (in which case you are siding agianst technological progress)."

don pedro dijo...

or will it? What about Detroit right now? They will be replaced with an even greater trade deficit, which contributes to A the U.S.'s increasingly bleak future.

And we're not talking about normal economical turnover, we're discussing ridiculous business practices by the heads of the company and the union both. These big companies just bring problems with them. The Austrian School just can never pull itself out of its theoretical the-economy-rules-our-lives-so-don't-complain attitude. This is fairly typical of Republicans, who rationalize everything away through oversimplified economic principles. And then you get demoncrats who just want to make our trade and budget deficits are large as possible. I think it's time for a new party. =)

Old Fashioned Liberal dijo...

I agree about the new party idea, though I doubt it would take off. (I have a lot of fatalists in my family.) But I don't think that Republicans follow Austrian principles at all. I don't think we want to know the name of the horrible fallices behind their economic plans.

I don't think that a company that goes under will always be replaced by another (I'm only repeating what the Austrians would say) but if its product is still in demand, why shouldn't it? And if the product isn't in demand, what can we do about it besides let the company either re-orient or fail?

And whether or not the economy ought to rule our lives (it shouldn't) is really irrelevant to the question of whether Austrian policies are economically effective. They may be bad policies for non-economic reasons, but until you actually produce those, please don't disbelieve them just because all they think about is the economy.

I dislike the follies of Big Business just as much as you do, and I also think it is beneficial to a person to own their own business. But unless these two factors negate the benefits big business can provide (a question which is best answered by looking at historical evidence, I think), forbidding big business, even in the name of distributism, would be a bad idea.

don pedro dijo...

Perhaps you would like to author the next post on the benefits of big business??? Personally I'm having trouble thinking of them =)

(that also saves me having to come up with a topic today =)