Review of "The Big Ripoff"

In the current edition of the magazine The American Conservative - July 17, 2006 edition - there is a review of a new book by Timothy P. Carney called "The Big Ripoff: How Big Business and Big Government Steal Your Money". The book is published by John Wiley & Sons, a hardcover book of 304 pages.

The review of this book, written by Bruce Bartlett for the magazine, is titled "Partners in Crime". And he is on the money. Chesterton, co-founder of Distributism, warned his readers of the tricks of Hudge and Gudge (big government and big business) making deals and steals to their own mutual advantadge.

Why are there no more mom-and-pop stores to shop at? Why are there no more worker-owned and managed businesses with which to employ the unemployed? Why are the family farms dissapearing? Why the increasing over-regulation of every aspect of life? You can thank the partnership between "Hudge and Gudge" for that. This book goes into details on it.

The cure, of course, is to reverse this trend by learning about Distributism and putting it into practice in our local neighborhoods, cities, states/provinces and home countries.

We encourage you to get this book, read it and pass it along to interested friends and family members. And then all of you ACT on what you read. Thank you.


S.H. Monday, July 10, 2006 at 10:40:00 AM CDT  

Mr. Moore

Can I get your email address? You can send it to me at mine, which is in my blogger profile.

J.D. Tuesday, July 11, 2006 at 4:17:00 PM CDT  

One thing that seems odd to me is that more American Catholics seem familiar with Distributism than with Agrarianism.

This is not meant to knock either Chesterton or Belloc or any other Distributists, it's just striking that I hear so little about the very parallel phenomenon, which actually came together in the book "Who Owns America?", which features writings by a few Distributists (such as Belloc) alongside their Agrarian counterparts across the pond.

The most prominent Agrarian, I suppose, would be the poet Allen Tate-- who eventually converted to the Church and wrote a compendium of essays exploring the possibility of the modern world finding redemption via recovering what Tate called Dante's "sacramental vision".

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